The school has released this list since 1976, receiving thousands of entries. In the past year, people submitted more than 1,250 words for consideration, with nominations not only from within the US but also from Norway, Belgium, England, Scotland, Australia and Canada.
The school announces the results of the annual collection on the last day of the year.
With that, here are 10 phrases that made the 2021 list.
The school said that some got the phrase wrong, to express surprise or uncertainty. “I don’t want to wait,” complained one person.
do not worry
Named for its ubiquity, “no worries” is used as a substitute for “you’re welcome”. But it’s actually meaningless, the school noted.
At the end of the day
This isn’t the phrase’s first attempt at a list of exiled words—it first appeared in 1999. Yet, for many, it persists.
having said so
The phrase is merely a redundant verbal filler, the nominees argued. “Go ahead and say what you want in advance!” demanded one.
ask a friend
The phrase had a big year due to its use as a joke on social media (in which it was clearly understood that the user was really just asking for himself). While some may have found this strange, these nominees have taken it upon themselves to say that the phrase has been overused.
“This is a conversation, not the Winter Olympics,” the school said bluntly.
Diving is for bodies of water, one nominee said, not subject or content. Another wondered: “Do we need a ‘deeper’? I mean, does anyone dive into the shallow end?” a good question.
Used as a catchall for the way our world has changed with Covid-19, the phrase was actually (for different arguments) withdrawn in 2012. Now, some argue that the pandemic isn’t really “new” anymore. Also, if something is normal, could it be new?
you are on mute
It is self explanatory.
the supply chain
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