Supply chain, new normal: People want these phrases banished in 2022 – 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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Wait, what?

Topping the list of frivolous phrases is “wait, what?” which is commonly used in informal or social media language. The question is an inaccurate “response to a statement to express astonishment, misunderstanding, or disbelief,” said a response from a wordsmith.

No worries

This phrase is usually found as a substitute of “you’re welcome,” but writers are tired of it. Responses reflect the phrase’s meaninglessness and overuse.

At the end of the day

This phrase made its first appearance on the Banished list in 1999, but at the end of the day, people still love to use it. Critics say “day” is an imprecise measurement and “things don’t end at the end of the day.”

That being said

People call the phrase a useless word filler and redundant justification. Other words such as “however,” “but” or “that said” are better alternatives, according to the responses.

Asking for a friend

Many use this phrase to avoid being identified. Social media posts with the phrase hint at someone else, but we all know who you’re asking for. Submitters cite misuse and overuse. 

No. 1 word or term to banish for 2022: Wait, what? No. 2: No worries. No. 3: At the end of the day. LSSU has compiled an annual tongue-in-cheek Banished Words List since 1976. All 2022 words & terms to be banished + nominations for banishment for 2023 @ https://t.co/X7wckBWfeP pic.twitter.com/44DSB0Pq5M

— LSSU (@LifeatLSSU) December 31, 2021

Circle back

“It’s a conversation, not the Winter Olympics,” stated the university. It explained people use the phrase in conversation as if it’s a skating rink and people want to go back to their previous location.

Deep dive

“Do we need ‘deep’? I mean, does anyone dive into the shallow end,” someone wondered. Others reminded those that they aren’t near a body of water, so there’s no need to use the phrase.

New normal

The overuse of this phrase stems from how the pandemic affected humankind, but one person says, “After a couple of years, is any of this really ‘new’?”

You’re on mute

The COVID-19 pandemic caused many businesses and organizations to move to virtual meetings. And we’ve all been here. Let’s hope we all can locate the unmute button in 2022.

Supply chain

Headlines were flooded with this term toward the end of the year citing the numerous issues we’ve seen with consumer goods shortages. One response said the phrase is simply a buzzword and scapegoat for any item that doesn’t arrive on time.