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 the phrase ‘in these uncertain times’ (and its various other phrasings). “It should surprise no one that this year’s list was dominated by words and terms related to COVID-19,” says LSSU’s executive director of marketing and communications Peter Szmarty in a statement about the list. “We’re all in this together by banishing expressions like ‘we’re all in this together.'”
Coronavirus dominated everything in 2020. Image via wsj.com
People with the name Karen will also be pleased to know that ‘Karen’, used as a moniker for entitled suburban women, is also on the list.
Rounding out the list is the word “sus,” short for suspicious, which gained popularity from the video game Among Us, and “I Know, Right?” as the nominators felt it was nonsensical; you’re asking a question that you already know the answer to.
Hopefully, we’ll never have to use any of these words ever again.
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.
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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 world. There will be eleven galleries, and they will focus on the written, spoken, and even sung words. The experiences within the galleries will be immersive, and one actually has karaoke. Imagine how fun that one will be. You’ll even be able to recite famous speeches, such as Martin Luther King Jr’s I Have a Dream speech. There will also be a 22 foot long word wall with over 1,000 activated words that will light up and tell stories about their journey within the English language.
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There will also be a section where people can use small brushes to paint a scene that will change the virtual landscape of the exhibit. How exciting is that? This museum will definitely be the place to visit when you go to DC. It’s exciting, new, and different, and an experience you don’t want to miss out on.
The Museum will open its doors on May 31, 2020.
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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.
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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’.
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What would we do without the word gloomy? No synonym comes close. Dark? Shadowy? Get out of here. In this, the gloomiest season, it’s only right we honor the word itself.
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Where would we be without critics? How would we know what super hero movies are actually worth the trouble? In 2019, it’s hard, and I say that as a fan.
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Another one that’s hella seasonably appropriate. Another one where there are no good synonyms, though I feel like if you want to convey it there are some fun gothic options.
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This one’s got ‘devout’ but pious does have a different vibe, maybe more smugness? Whatever it is, you can never have too many synonyms. Words, words, words.
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Whatever would we do without lonely? Loneliness, lonesome, just a lot of feeling in a small space. Shakespeare knew what was up, though it doesn’t seem like HE was ever alone.
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Majestic is a great word, for both serious and ironic usage (a lot of the images I found were derpy lions and unlikely centaurs). It conveys something ‘great’ just doesn’t.