For almost a year, IT has dominated our lives, but it seems like the world is tired of hearing about Covid-19 because it tops an annual list of suggested terms that should be excluded from popular use.
Taking the top spot with Covid-19?
It all started early last year, and now, as decided by submissions to the survey, it is number one on the annual list of banned terms in Michigan at Lake Superior State University. “A large number of the nominees are clearly upset with the virus and how it has overtaken our vocabulary. Regardless of how necessary or socially and medically useful these words are, the committee can’t help but wish we could ban them along with the virus itself.”The virus is clearly upset with a large number of the nominees and how it has overtaken our vocabulary. The committee can not help but wish we could ban them along with the virus itself, regardless of how necessary or socially and medically useful these words are.
Is the virus linked to most of the “banned” words?
In fact, of the more than 1,450 nominations, more than 250 of the words and terms proposed for banishment for overuse, misuse, or uselessness are connected to the coronavirus. Seven of the ten words and terms prohibited by LSSU for 2021 are related to the virus.
What else do we want to get rid of?
The second in the top 10 is the word “social distancing,” with LSSU saying, “We’d be lying if we said we weren’t ready for this term to become ‘useless’…. Many others obviously feel the same way.”
“We’re all in this together”??
A sentence that was presumably meant at the beginning of the pandemic to make everyone feel secure and relaxed got enough votes for third place, with the feeling that we are all dealing with Covid-19 in various ways now, and therefore “its usefulness has faded.”
“in excess of caution,”in excess of caution,”in these uncertain times”in these uncertain times”pivot,”pivot,”ban it.”ban it.”The committee agrees that Covid-19 has turned everyday life upside down and wishes it hadn’t. But putting things in an inaccurate context doesn’t help the cause.”The committee agrees that Covid-19 has turned everyday life upside down and wishes it hadn’t. But the cause is not supported by putting things in an inaccurate light.
Back in 2002, this word was on the forbidden list, but was frequently used in viral news and “nominated several times this year for misuse in describing events that set a precedent,” so LSSU felt that its use was justified again.
What were the words for viruses that did not apply to them?
“Karen,” which originated as an anti-racist critique and expanded into a “misogynistic umbrella term for criticism of perceived overemotional behavior by women,” is in seventh place, followed by “sus,” a shortened version of “suspicious” used in the “Among Us.” video game. It was included because “how much trouble does it take to pronounce the whole word?”
I mean, huh?
Identified as a “relatively new construction to convey empathy with those who have expressed agreement,” “I know, right?” rounds out the top 10 of 2021, since “if you know, why do you have to ask if it’s right or seek further agreement?”
Capturing the zeitgeist with the banned list?
“It should surprise no one that this year’s list was dominated by words and terms related to COVID-19,” said Peter Szatmary, LSSU’s executive director of marketing and communications. “The LSSU list of banned words has reflected the signs of the times since its debut in the mid-1970s, and the zeitgeist this year is – ‘We’re all in the same boat’ by banning phrases like ‘We’re all in the same boat.’ Sure, COVID-19 is unprecedented in terms of wreaking havoc and destroying lives. But so is the overuse of ‘unprecedented’ to frame things, so it needs to go, too.”
Is the list already decades old?
Since 1976, LSSU has compiled an annual list of banned words to “maintain, protect, and support the excellence of language by encouraging the avoidance of words and terms that are overused, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical – and otherwise ineffective, confusing, or irritating.” Over the decades, LSSU has earned tens of thousands of nominations for the list, which now amounts to tens of thousands of nominations. Nominations came from several major cities in the United States and many states outside the United States this year, as well as Australia, the Czech Republic, England and Canada.