The Fascinating Origins of the Banished Word List
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“As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing.” — Francois de la Rochefoucauld
Odds are that if you’re a fellow word nerd, you’ve already seen the news of the 2022 Banished Words List.
I’ll save you the trouble of looking them up. They are:
At the end of the day
That being said
Asking for a friend
You’re on mute
Before I get into the wonderful history of this list, I’m going to try to use all of these words in a few sentences.
“Wait, what? No worries, you’re on mute. That being said, let’s circle back and do a deep dive on the new normal. At the end of the day, I’m just asking for a friend.”
But First, Some History
I don’t leave much to chance in this newsletter. That is, I make very deliberate decisions about content. But, thanks to the speed at which the internet works, these may be lost on the casual reader.
At the intersection of banishment and Sherlock Holmes is a Michigan public relations legend W.T. “Bill” Rabe, the creator of the Banished Words List. Or more officially, the annual List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-Use, Over-Use, and General Uselessness.
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