Wait, what? The phrases “no worries,” “new normal” and “circle back” should be left in 2021?
Lake Superior State University released a list of the top 10 misused, overused or useless phrases submitted by people across the globe.
Phrases spurred by the global pandemic such as “new normal” and “supply chain” are some of the terms people have grown tired of, according to the Michigan university’s annual “Banished Words List.”
The school has received thousands of nominations since the list’s inception in 1976. This year, the university got about 1,250 submissions from the United States as well as Norway, Belgium, England, Scotland, Australia and Canada.
A group of judges, comprised of the school’s English department, narrows the nominations to form the annual list, which is released Dec. 31.
Here’s why people suggest leaving these 10 phrases behind:
Commonly used word:Merriam-Webster selects ‘vaccine’ as the 2021 word of the year
Slang words:Most like to use them, but not all may be ‘on point’ to their meaning
Topping the list of frivolous phrases is “wait, what?” which is commonly used in informal or social media language. The question is an inaccurate “response to a statement to express astonishment, misunderstanding, or disbelief,” said a response from a wordsmith.
This phrase is usually found as a substitute of “you’re welcome,” but writers are tired of it. Responses reflect the phrase’s meaninglessness and overuse.
This phrase made its first appearance on the Banished list in 1999, but at the end of the day, people still love to use it. Critics say “day” is an imprecise measurement and “things don’t end at the end of the day.”
People call the phrase a useless word filler and redundant justification. Other words such as “however,” “but” or “that said” are better alternatives, according to the responses.
Many use this phrase to avoid being identified. Social media posts with the phrase hint at someone else, but we all know who you’re asking for. Submitters cite misuse and overuse.
“It’s a conversation, not the Winter Olympics,” stated the university. It explained people use the phrase in conversation as if it’s a skating rink and people want to go back to their previous location.
“Do we need ‘deep’? I mean, does anyone dive into the shallow end,” someone wondered. Others reminded those that they aren’t near a body of water, so there’s no need to use the phrase.
The overuse of this phrase stems from how the pandemic affected humankind, but one person says, “After a couple of years, is any of this really ‘new’?”
The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses and organizations to move to virtual meetings. And we’ve all been here. Let’s hope we all can locate the unmute button in 2022.
Headlines were flooded with this term toward the end of the year citing the numerous issues we’ve seen with consumer goods shortages. One response said the phrase is simply a buzzword and scapegoat for any item that doesn’t arrive on time.
‘This too shall pass away’ this famous Persian adage seems to be defeating us again and again in the case of COVID-19. Despite every effort