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This year’s list of ‘banished’ words and phrases is all about Covid-19

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By Travis Caldwell | CNN

You’ve undoubtedly seen and heard the phrases in commercials since the pandemic began.

“We live in unprecedented times.” “In these challenging, difficult times.” “Out of an abundance of caution.” “We’re in this together.”

According to one university, that’s gone on for long enough.

In its annual review, Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, released the 2021 edition of the Top 10 words and phrases that are overused to the point of becoming insincere, useless or cliché. For 2020, it’s all about Covid-19.

“It should surprise no one that this year’s list was dominated by words and terms related to Covid-19,” Peter Szatmary, executive director of marketing and communications at LSSU, said in its statement.

More than 1,450 phrases were nominated from around the world for consideration, LSSU said, and seven of the 10 phrases that the university selected for so-called “banishment” this year are about the coronavirus. T


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