The list of banished words from 2012 have hit the media. I was surprised not to see “full potential.”

Do people realize that there is no such thing as full potential?

Advertisements about educational programs that will help students reach their full potential are untrue.

That’s like saying that they are going to make someone perfect. There’s no such thing as a person being perfect.

Instead of using “full potential,” why don’t they say they are going to challenge students to improve their skills or encourage them to aim higher or help them to expand their options?

Full potential? Hogwash!

Meredith Carr, Fairfield

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