‘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 …

Get Excited for the World Language Museum!

Get Excited for the World Language Museum!

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There are so many museums out there in the world, and finally there is going to be a museum dedicated to words and language. The museum will be located in Washington, DC, which is also home to the first ever African American Museum. Now it will be home to the first ever word and language museum, right in the city’s heart, inside the historic Franklin School. Image via D C Curbed It is going to be 51,000 square feet and it will have many different exhibits. The museum is designed to educate people on the different languages from around the …

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

Seven Words Shakespeare Invented

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Did you know Shakespeare invented more than 1700 words? Probably. Maybe. There’s a bunch of controversy. Still, he definitely invented some words we use every day. You can probably find the long list if you really want, but here are seven. You may sense a theme.     1. Countless Image via Astronomy.com   This is a pretty pedestrian word. Obviously Shakespeare didn’t invent the idea of counting, but he did give us a useful way to talk about it. It’s definitely faster than saying ‘without measure’.   2. Gloomy Image via Imagekind   What would we do without the …