These phrases ‘banished’ for new year

By Naomi Ludlow| USA TODAY

Wait, what? The phrases “no worries,” “new normal” and “circle back” should be left in 2021?

Lake Superior State University released a list of the top 10 misused, overused or useless phrases submitted by people across the globe.

Phrases spurred by the global pandemic such as “new normal” and “supply chain” are some of the terms people have grown tired of, according to the Michigan university’s annual “Banished Words List.”

The school has received thousands of nominations since the list’s inception in 1976.

This year, the university got about 1,250 submissions from the United States as well as Norway, Belgium, England, Scotland, Australia and Canada.

A group of judges, comprised of the school’s English department, narrows the nominations to form the annual list, which is released Dec. 31.

Here’s why people suggest leaving these 10 phrases behind:

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