As 2020 involves a detailed, one college desires to forestall a number of phrases and phrases from being introduced into the brand new 12 months.
On Thursday, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, launched its annual “Banished Words List,” which incorporates 10 phrases that it desires banned in 2021 for “overuse, misuse, or uselessness,” the college mentioned in its announcement.
Nonetheless, most of the phrases would possibly show tough to banish.
Greater than 1,450 phrases and phrases have been nominated from around the globe. Of these, greater than 250 have been associated to the coronavirus.
So when the college determined to create its banished phrases checklist, it put COVID-19 itself on the prime of the checklist, with related phrases together with COVID, coronavirus and Rona.
Actually, a lot of the phrases on the ultimate checklist are associated to the pandemic, together with “social distancing,” “we’re all on this collectively,” “in an abundance of warning,” “in these unsure occasions,” “pivot” and “unprecedented” — which had already been banished by LSSU in 2002.
The college additionally needed to banish the time period “Karen,” which “started as an anti-racist critique of the conduct of white ladies in response to Black and Brown individuals,” however has now been changed into “a misogynist umbrella time period for critiquing the perceived overemotional conduct of girls,” the announcement mentioned.
LSSU additionally banished “sus,” which is brief for “suspicious” and generally used within the online game “Amongst Us” and the phrase “I do know, proper?” as a result of it’s “reiterating one thing already seconded.”
“It ought to shock nobody that this 12 months’s checklist was dominated by phrases and phrases associated to COVID-19,” Banished Phrases Checklist committee members mentioned in a joint assertion. “LSSU’s Banished Phrases Checklist has mirrored indicators of the occasions since debuting within the mid-Seventies, and the zeitgeist this 12 months is: We’re all on this collectively by banishing expressions like ‘We’re all on this collectively.’”
“To make sure, COVID-19 is unprecedented in wreaking havoc and destroying lives,” the members mentioned. “However so is the overreliance on ‘unprecedented’ to border issues, so it has to go, too.”
LSSU has been releasing an annual “Banished Phrases Checklist” since 1976 as a solution to “uphold, shield, and assist excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of phrases and phrases which can be overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical—and in any other case ineffective, baffling, or irritating,” the announcement mentioned.