‘Banished’ Words of 2021 Are All About COVID-19

‘Banished’ Words of 2021 Are All About COVID-19

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You’ve probably heard these phrases, whether it was on a zoom call, a commercial, or a speech:  “We’re all in this together,” “These are challenging times,” and of course, the ever-popular “we’re living in unprecedented times.” Chances are, you’re sick of hearing them—Lake Superior State University of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan sure is. That’s why all their banished words are all about COVID-19.     Their banished word list is the top ten words/phrases overused to the point of cliche and uselessness. Some of the words include COVID-19 itself (along with Coronavirus, Rona, and other iterations), social distancing, unprecedented, and …

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year: Pandemic

Merriam-Webster’s Word Of The Year: Pandemic

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Words are our solace, and our favorite hiding place is between the pages of a book. However, while words may be one of our largest sources of comfort during uncertain times, there’s one word in particular that we’re sick and tired of hearing, both literally and figuratively. “Pandemic” is Merriam-Webster’s and Dictionary.com’s word of the year.