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Lake Superior State University Announces List of Words and Phrases Set to Be Banned in 2023

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It’s been a tradition since 1976, and Lake Superior State University has announced the list of words and phrases that should be banned from our everyday vocabulary in 2023.

According to a university press release, there were more than 1,500 word and term nominations for banishment. These terms have been named for the purpose that they are misused, overused, or just plain unnecessary!

Words and terms matter. Or at least they should. Especially those that stem from casual or casual. That’s what nominators noticed from near and far, and our LSSU School of Arts and Letters competition judges agreed,” said Lake State Executive Director of Marketing and Communications Peter Szatmary. The nine additional words and terms banned for 2023 – from the new no-nos ‘inflection point’ at No. 2 and gaslighting at No. 2. 4 to ‘incredible’ repeat offenders at No. 6 and ‘It’s what it is’ at No. 10 – It also falls somewhere on the spectrum between specious and tired. They are empty like nonsense or diluted by oversaturation. Be careful – be more careful – with buzzwords and jargon.

Nominations came from around the world, including Scotland, India, Namibia, Trinidad and New Zealand.

Below is the list of 2023 words and terms and the reason for their banning, according to Lake Superior State University.

The Greatest of All Time acronym gets the goat from petitioners and judges for abuse, misuse, and unnecessary use. “Applied to everyone and everything from athletes to chicken wings,” one opponent said. “How can anyone or anything be the GOAT, anyway?” records fall; time continues. Some sprinkle GOAT like table salt on “everyone who is really good”. Another blacksmith: Ironically, “goat” once suggested something unsuccessful; now GOAT is a blind display.

Mathematical term that has entered everyday language and has lost its original meaning. This year’s version of “pivot”, banned in 2021. “Chronic clearing of the throats of historians, journalists, scientists or politicians. Its ubiquity has led me to an inflection point of throwing soft objects every time I hear it,” one joker recounted. “The inflection point has reached its saturation point and its starting point,” proclaimed another. “Pretentious way of saying turning point. Overuse and misuse.

Trendy but inaccurate. Not an employee who quietly quits. Instead, an employee who meets the minimum requirements for a position. Some nominator reasons: “normal job performance”, “fancy way of saying ‘work to rule'”, “nothing more than companies complaining that workers refuse to be exploited”, “this is not a new phenomenon; it’s burnout, boredom, boredom, disengagement. On the edge of the precipice for next year’s list of banned words as well as misuse and overuse.

The nominators are not mad in claiming that overuse disconnects the term from the real concern it has identified in the past: dangerous psychological manipulation that causes victims to become suspicious of their thoughts, feelings, memories, or perception of reality. . Others cited misuse: an incorrect catch-all to generally denote conflict or disagreement. It’s too obscure a reference to begin with, various critics have confessed, alluding to the 1938 play and 1940/44 films.

Misuse, overuse and uselessness. Where else would we go? a wise man wondered, since we cannot, in fact, go back in time. Can also refer to “doing what I want”, as in “How can we move forward?” Well guess what? Sometimes you can’t,” said another spirit. Politicians and bosses often use it for the “semantic legitimacy” of self-interest, evasion, or bad faith. Its closest relative, “Which goes ahead”, banned in 2001, also won votes.

“It’s not all amazing; and when you think about it, very few are,” one dissident explained. “That glorious word should be reserved for that which is dazzling, moving or awe-inspiring,” to paraphrase another, “like the divine face of a newborn baby.” originally banned for misuse, overuse and uselessness in 2012. Its cyclical return forces further removal of the “generic”, “mundane and hollow” modifier – an “adjective used by people short on vocabulary”.

The authors dismissed the desire, perhaps the demand, for clarification or affirmation as filler, insecurity, and passive aggression. Why say it, if you have to ask? It just doesn’t make sense!” tsk-tsked one. In this plea for reassurance or act of false modesty, investigators turn respondents into “co-conspirators,” another inferred. intriguing and/or cynical. Let me be clear, judges open: always make sense; don’t think out loud and don’t play games! Misuse, overuse and uselessness.

Detective confession: “It hurts my hair.” It should be, too, because it’s not a word. At most, it is a non-standard word, according to some dictionaries. It doesn’t matter enough. Opponents disqualify it as a double negative. One conveyed that the prefix “ir” + “independently” = redundancy. “Take ‘whatever’ and dress it up to accentuate it, showcasing your mastery of nonexistent words,” excoriated an exasperated correspondent, adding, “Why isn’t it on your list?” Abuse.

Banned in 1996, but deserves a repeat not considering its overuse. Usurped the simple “yes”, laments a contributor. Another condemned it as “the current failure to express agreement, endemically present on television in one-on-one interviews”. Frequently “said too loudly by annoying people who think they’re better than you,” lamented one aggrieved observer. “Looks like it comes with a warranty when it might not,” a cautious watchdog warned.

Banned in 2008 for abuse, misuse and uselessness: “useless”, “evasion”, “only Yogi Berra should be authorized to pronounce such circumlocution”. His resurgence sparked these thoughts: “Well, duh.” “No kidding.” Of course it is! What else would it be? It would be weird if it wasn’t what it wasn’t. “Tautology.” “Add no value.” “Verbal crutches.” “Apology for not facing reality or accepting responsibility.” Dismissive, bordering on rude.

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