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The Daily Fix: Friday

In tonight’s Fix: Smacking ban could be on the way; how Ireland looked from abroad in 2011; and the unfortunate power of Twitter…

EVERY EVENING, brings you a roundup of the day’s main news – plus any bits and pieces you may have missed…

A sign in Albuquerque, New Mexico warns of a police checkpoint as the world gears up for the New Year weekend (Susan Montoya Bryan/AP/Press Association Images)

  • What are your most hated words? A US university has released a list of 12 words  and phrases to be “banished” from the English language. Thank you in advance for reading.
  • Manchester police have been forced to apologise after the family of a murdered man said they found out about his death on Facebook.
  • From pepper-spray cop, to planking, to Nyan Cat: We’ve been looking at the memes that defined 2011.
  • Speaking of social media, today brought a hard lesson about the power of Twitter for one South African radio DJ – who found himself at the centre of a media storm after mistakenly tweeting that Nelson Mandela was in hospital.
  • And finally: How did you react when you got your Christmas presents? However excited you were, we’ll bet it wasn’t as much as this little lad getting his first iPod Touch. Er… aww? (You may wish to turn the volume down before viewing).

(Video: TheToshpoint)

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