“in these uncertain times”
This isn’t a censorship thing. It’s an entertainment thing. It’s notable that many of the words they banished have to do with Coronavirus.
FOX News reports:
University releases annual ‘banished words’ list for 2021
As 2020 comes to a close, one university wants to prevent several words and phrases from being brought into the new year.
On Thursday, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released its annual “Banished Words List,” which includes 10 words that it wants banned in 2021 for “overuse, misuse, or uselessness,” the university said in its announcement.
However, many of the words might prove difficult to banish.
More than 1,450 words and phrases were nominated from around the world. Of those, more than 250 were related to the coronavirus.
So when the university decided to create its banished words list, it put COVID-19 itself at the top of the list, with similar terms including COVID, coronavirus and Rona.
In fact, most of the phrases on the final list are related to the pandemic, including “social distancing,” “we’re all in this together,” “in an abundance of caution,” “in these uncertain times,” “pivot” and “unprecedented” — which had already been banished by LSSU in 2002.
The university also wanted to banish the term “Karen,” which “began as an anti-racist critique of the behavior of white women in response to Black and Brown people,” but has now been turned into “a misogynist umbrella term for critiquing the perceived overemotional behavior of women,” the announcement said.
There’s a link to the full list in the tweet below:
COVID-19 terminology dominates our 46th annual Banished Words List! With 1,450 plus nominations, find out why 7 out of 10 of the words and terms are about it at https://t.co/CFLTpFk9p5 pic.twitter.com/fQ6eL9C9yK
— LSSU (@LifeatLSSU) December 31, 2020
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