(FreedomJournal.org)- 2020 might be coming to an end, but the social justice madness that plagued it isn’t. On new year’s eve, Lake Superior State University of Michigan released the “Banished Words List,” an annual list released by the university that includes terms the institution wants to see banned in the new year.
The university says the words should be banned for their “overuse, misuse, or uselessness.”
Gee, thanks, random university we’ve never heard of!
It’s not a small list, either. This year, the university listed over 1,450 words and phrases that were nominated by people from all over the world – and 250 of those related to COVID-19.
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
Some of the terms are funny, but the social justice element of the project seeps through when you look beyond the COVID-19 references. Suggestions to ban the phrases “in an abundance of caution” and “in these uncertain times” might crack a smile, but the list also recommends getting rid of the term “Karen” which they claim is a “misogynist umbrella term for critiquing the perceived overemotional behavior of women.”
That sure sounds like it was written by a Karen.
In a statement, members of the Banished Words List committee said that it “should surprise no one that this year’s list was dominated by words and terms related to COVID-19.”
“LSSU’s Banished Words List has reflected signs of the times since debuting in the mid-1970s, and the zeitgeists this year is: We’re all in this together by banishing expressions like ‘We’re all in this together.’”
The list has been released by the university ever since 1976, supposedly to “uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, cliched, illogical, nonsensical-and otherwise ineffective, baffling or irritating.”
Now, it seems, that they also include terms the social justice warriors don’t like…which is probably a good reason to ignore the list entirely.