Words And Phrases That Should Be Banished In 2023

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Vote up the overused words and phrases you hope you never have to hear again.

Tired of words and phrases you heard too many times in 2022? Lake Superior State University has released its annual list of phrases that should be banished in the new year, catching the attention of CNN and word nerds everywhere. These linguistic annoyances range from everyone's favorite (or least favorite) acronym "G.O.A.T." to the shoulder-shrugging phrase “It is what it is." These terms and phrases are in heavy use, but imagine a world in which everybody stopped using them this year.

Vote up the phrases you want to see out of the lexicon. Vote down the ones you don't think need to be retired from heavy use.

  • 1
    1,207 votes


    Straight-up not a word. Frequently used in place of “regardless,” which is a word.

  • 2
    1,082 votes


    An acronym standing for “Greatest Of All Time.”

  • 3
    1,083 votes


    A way to manipulate someone into questioning themselves by distorting their idea of reality. Has been overused to mean, essentially, “lying.”

  • 4
    940 votes

    Quiet Quitting

    Describes an employee who does the bare minimum work required by their job title so as not to be officially let go or actually resign.

  • 5
    889 votes

    It Is What It Is

    A phrase that offers an excuse not to deal with potentially less-than-ideal circumstances.

  • 6
    773 votes

    Moving Forward

    To make progress or to modernize, often used after unpleasant, avoidable situations.