Are there certain words or phrases you'd like to see die along with 2019?

Well, it's a good thing that Lake Superior State University has released their 45th annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness.

The tradition, which started as a publicity stunt to bring attention to Michigan's smallest university, has been going strong since 1976.

Over the years, LSSU has received tens of thousands of submissions. To date, over 1000 words and phrases have been officially "banned".

How does the process work? According to the university:

This year’s list is culled from nominations received mostly through the university’s website, Word-watchers target pet peeves from everyday speech, as well as from the news, fields of education, technology, advertising, politics and more. A committee makes a final cut in December."


Here are some of the words LSSU wants to banish in 2020:

Quid pro quo: Meaning "a favor granted or expected in return for something", LSSU says this phrase received the MOST nominations this year, and not surprisingly there was HUGE spike in November...

Totes: An abbreviation for totally.

Jelly: Totes an abbreves for jealous...

Ok, Boomer: Basically, "OK, Gramps", a diss from millennials aimed at Baby Boomers.

Living my best life: One nominator asked, apart from reincarnation, are there “options for multiple lives”?

Artisanal: Meaning "relating to or characteristic of an artisan", usually used to describe food or drink, and mostly seems to be an attempt to make something seem more special than it is....

LIterally: Literally shocked this wasn't on previous years' lists...

You can check out LSSU's full list here. Any they missed? Here are the words they did away with in 2019.

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