Earlier this year I looked for the 2020 Banished Words list from Lake Superior State University and somehow managed to miss it until now. This is the 45th annual list published by the university and, as always, includes the words most frequently suggested during the year by the general public. For more about the list, see the LSSU website.
The most-nominated word or phrase:
Quid pro quo (no surprise here)
Words that attempt to make something more than it is:
Words banished for pretentiousness or imprecision:
Living my best life (frankly, I’d not heard this one until now)
Mouthfeel (tends to make me cringe)
Those darn millennials!
Chirp (another millennial diss of their elders)
Jelly (aka “jealous,” and I hate this and all similar “abbreviations”‘)
Totes (aka “totally”)
Vibe / vibe check (similar to “good vibes” from the 60s)
OK, Boomer! (I always chuckle at this one because I predate Boomers)