Ah, it’s December 1st and the start of the “year-in-review” lists and stories. Let’s be honest: For a lot of us, 2020 sucked — big time. So let’s look forward and lose those words and phrases from 2020. Here’s my list:

Level up & Uplevel
✅ Video games
❌ Stop using meaningless business terms on LinkedIn. They sound as hackneyed as “paradigm.”

Hack
✅ This arcane word is fine when describing a taxi driver or when someone knows less than purported.
❌ Can we instead say “tip” or “trick?” in headlines? I know about cleaning my dirty pans with baking soda and tin foil.

Curate
✅ Reserved for museum and art gallery workers.
❌ Please don’t tell me you’re curating photos about home decor on Instagram and Pinterest.

In these unprecedented times…
✅ Reserved exclusively for Doris Kearns Goodwin, Jon Meacham, and Walter Isaacson.
❌ TV ads and email messages for consumer product categories, esp. banks, and airline CEOs.

We’re all in this together.
❌ See above.

“Zoom” (var. “Zoom Fatigue”)
✅ The early 70s PBS program for elementary school children.
❌ Sometimes a conference call will suffice.

‘Pandemic’ is Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Year. What words would you like to see go away in 2021?

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Written by : Nancy Slome

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