Blatteroon, snollygoster on Wayne State’s list of words to revive
DETROIT – A team at Wayne State University in Detroit has released an annual list Wednesday of little-used words it deems worthy of resurrection. Unlike overused words or phrases that counterparts at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula list each year for banishment, the Word Warriors want to dust off those that have fallen into disuse. “Each year, I’m surprised by the variety of the submissions we receive from around the world,” said Chris Williams, head of the Word Warriors program. “Our Word Warriors once again provided a batch of words that make our language richer.”Words are submitted through the Word Warriors website, where they can be seen by others. “It’s just a fun word to say,” Williams said.
‘Unprecedented’: Michigan university releases annual list of banned words, phrases for 2021
“COVID-19” and “social distancing” are thrown in with “we’re all in this together," “in an abundance of caution” and “in these uncertain times” on the school’s light-hearted list of banned words and phrases for 2021. “To be sure, COVID-19 is unprecedented in wreaking havoc and destroying lives,” Banished Words List committee members said Thursday in a release. “But so is the overreliance on ‘unprecedented’ to frame things, so it has to go, too.”The school in Sault Ste. But basketball players pivot; let’s keep it that way.”— Unprecedented. “In a small way, maybe this list will help ‘flatten the curve,’ which also was under consideration for banishment.
Certain words grating you? A Michigan school wants to know
Lake Superior State University is accepting candidates for its 46th annual tongue-in-cheek list of words that should be banished. “It’s our tradition to publish the world-famous banished words list on Dec. 31 so that people don’t begin the new year by putting their foot in their mouth,” LSSU President Rodney Hanley said. “No-brainer — which also made our list in the past.”The deadline to submit online entries is 8 a.m. EST on Nov. 30. More than a dozen words or phrases were added last year, including “artisanal,” “influencer,” “living my best life” and “chirp.”There are more than 1,000 banned words or phrases in the Lake Superior State archive. Rabe, who was public relations director, and faculty came up with the first list at a New Year’s Eve party in 1975.