"Yuppie," the expression "doing lunch" and "fun" when used adjectivally (as in "here's a fun idea") lead the 11th annual list of "banished words" released yesterday by Unicorn Hunters, a Michigan-based group of writers, poets and artists. Also high on the list were the words "infotainment" and "explicit" when used in the labeling of song lyrics.
Group spokesperson W.T. Rabe said the words were chosen from some 3,000 nominations for the "New Year's Dishonour List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-, Mal- and Overuse as Well as General Uselessness." The nominator of "explicit" came neither from the Parents Music Resource Center nor from the Recording Industry Association of America. He was Unicorn Hunter Michael J. O'Conner of Marine City, Mich., who in making his nomination asked: "Will this rich and expressive word have its meaning narrowed and inextricably intwined with sex, violence and drugs? In a few years, if you ask a young lady to be more explicit, will she slap your face?"
Time will tell. But don't count on much change after the society's condemnation. The Unicorn Hunters, who claim a worldwide membership of 40,000, have in the past ordered such terms as "mandate" and "star wars" banished. New Year's Hopes From Hollywood
New Year's resolutions across Hollywood yesterday included rock singer Cyndi Lauper's wishes for peace on earth and a cure for AIDS. Singer Julio Iglesias had his own health in mind, however, saying he planned to quit smoking. Actress Liza Minnelli only wanted "peace in the world," and actor Matt Dillon was hopeful "that we all find patience, understanding, tolerance and friendship for each other." As impressionist Rich Little announced he would "stop being so impressionable," comedian Bob Hope linked his resolution to his golf swing: "To break par."
In political circles, Vice President George Bush vowed "to keep my weight down and my chin up" while Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R-N.Y.) promised "to work very hard for all the people of New York State and to see the Giants win the Super Bowl." Korchnoi vs. Kasparov?
It may not be a resolution, but chess master Victor Korchnoi has hinted that he may take on world champion Gary Kasparov. Korchnoi, who defected from the Soviet Union in 1976, said he announced last year that he would not play then-champion Anatoly Karpov because Karpov "had become a political symbol of the Soviet Union." But since Karpov was defeated by Kasparov in November, "I hope that my ambition will appear again" to vie for the title, Korchnoi said. Korchnoi, who lives in Switzerland, was visiting his stepmother at her home in Israel and spent New Year's Eve drinking vodka with friends and fans in the southern city of Beersheba. The Parton Parcel
Pigeon Forge, Tenn., officials said Tuesday that entertainer Dolly Parton's plans for Dollywood, a new theme park, have spawned related projects, including a dude ranch, recording studio and "Dollywood University." The project is expected to be the size of Disneyland or Knotts Berry Farm. "It's snowballing to great proportions," said Jerry Hanson, the city's assistant director of public works.
Hanson said developers have already proposed almost $65 million in projects for Dollywood and surrounding land for the next five years, which may also include a shopping mall and a bank. Marceau Recovering
Mime Marcel Marceau, 62, has been released from a hospital three weeks after undergoing emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer, spokeswoman Soya Graham-Stuart said yesterday.
Last month Marceau interrupted a tour in Moscow when he needed immediate stomach surgery. Three days later he flew home to Paris for a second operation to stop continued bleeding.