Better Left Unsaid: The Worst Words of 2020

We may not be able to banish the coronavirus, but can we at least stop saying COVID-19?
The dreaded phrase blew the competition out of the water in Lake Superior State University’s annual Banished Words list—which has laid down the lexicon law since the 1970s.
Among 1,450 nominations, “in these uncertain times,” “we’re all in this together,” and “unprecedented” all were included in the colloquialism cull. So did the grating phrases “Karen” and “I know, right?”
Shockingly, GHN’s most-loathed pairing—“grim milestone”—despised for its ubiquity and rampant overuse—somehow didn’t make the list. 
I know, right?


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