2021 Banished Words List


Lake Superior State University in Michigan has released their annual "Banished Words List" which features words that people need to stop saying due to overuse, misuse or uselessness. In a year like 2020 there was no shortage of options as overall 1,450 words and phrases were nominated and I'm guessing it will come as no surprise to you that 250 of those words were related to the coronavirus. Seven of the 250 made the top 10 list! Without further adieu here are the top 10 2021 Banished Words. The rest of the list can be found here.

  1. COVID-19 (and related-words COVID, coronavirus and Rona)
  2. Social Distancing
  3. "We're all in this together"
  4. "In an abundance of caution"
  5. "In these uncertain times"
  6. Pivot
  7. Unprecedented
  8. Karen
  9. Sus
  10. "I know right?"