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Lake Superior State Releases List of Banished Words for 2021

Lake Superior State Releases List of Banished Words for 2021

“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:


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Add one more: “Lake Superior State”.

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Antifundamentalist | January 4, 2021 at 11:50 am

I have to admit that I agree a lot of these terms are overused, misused and I’m just plain sick of hearing them. That said, any time an organization tries to officially ban, or “strongly suggest” that words not be used….the only real response is references to Orson Wells’ 1984, and talk of Big Brother trying to establish dominance where it has no place.

There is never a bad time to quote Dalrymple:

Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to. — Theodore Dalrymple

caseoftheblues | January 5, 2021 at 6:48 am

Let’s just ban any lists or efforts to ban speech in any way….oh wait didn’t there used to be some sort of right or something that did that…

How about banning “y’all” spoken by anyone not of Southern heritage? Yeah, right. Somebody tell these educated fools that people are inclined to say what they want how they want.

We need a ban on word bans.

Oh fer chrissakes, wingers, acquire a sense of humor. The list in tongue-in-cheek, and has been for 46 years. Crack a smile, sad sacks.