2022 Banished Words List

Are there any words or phrases that you are sick of hearing or reading? I know I have been rolling my eyes pretty hard these days at “new normal.” However, I am the kind of person who says things like “no worries,” when there certainly ARE worries. Those two phrases are among Lake Superior State University’s “Banished Words” List!

They’ve been doing this list of overused words and phrases since 1976 and, as a word nerd, I appreciate the heck out of their commitment.

SO, this year’s list of banished words are:

  1. Wait, what?
  2. No worries
  3. At the end of the day
  4. That being said
  5. Asking for a friend
  6. Circle back
  7. Deep dive
  8. New normal
  9. You’re on mute
  10. Supply chain

“New normal” bugs me, friend. And I am not alone.

From lssu.edu:

Overused catchall for ways COVID-19 affects humankind—and banishment finalist last year for similar reasons. “Those clamoring for the days of old, circa 2019, use this to signal unintentionally that they haven’t come to terms with what ‘normal’ means,” a monitor elucidated. “After a couple of years, is any of this really ‘new’?” another speculated. Banished in 2012 for imprudence, defeatism, and apathy stemming from societal missteps.

Wanna read more about the choices on this list? Go HERE!

PS-“Man cave” still makes me irrationally mad.

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