“COVID-19” tops Lake Remarkable Condition University’s yearly record of words and phrases to banish. Because 1976, Lake Remarkable has started off the new year with a record of words “that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical — and usually ineffective, baffling, or irritating.”
The committee at Lake Remarkable claimed that “a significant amount of nominators are plainly resentful of the virus and how it has overtaken our vocabulary. No make a difference how required or socially and medically helpful these words and phrases are, the committee simply cannot support but want we could banish them together with the virus itself.”
Other terms (or phrases) on the listing also relate to the pandemic: “social distancing,” “we are all in this alongside one another,” “in an abundance of caution,” “in these uncertain instances,” “pivot” and “unparalleled.”
3 nonpandemic words produced the checklist:
Karen — “What began as an anti-racist critique of the habits of white women of all ages in reaction to Black and Brown folks has develop into a misogynist umbrella term for critiquing the perceived overemotional habits of girls.”
Sus — “It’s a shortened model for ‘suspicious’ in the video recreation Amid Us. No committee customers participate in, but our kids who do stated that this multiplayer on the internet social match is intended around figuring out ‘sus’ imposters so they can be ‘thrown into the lava.’ Complainers a) ask: How considerably effort and hard work does it get to say the complete phrase and b) ask for: If that can not happen, confine the syllable to the gaming environment.”
I know, proper? — “An amusing phrase flooding social media, “I know, proper?” is a comparatively new construction to convey empathy with all those who have expressed agreement. But as a single wordsmith put it, if you know, why do you have to have to question if it is correct or seek even more acceptance? Yet another grammarian prompt that the desire for confirmation connotes insecurity. In other words and phrases, it is reiterating a little something currently seconded.”
Nominate text for banishment in 2022 right here.