MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 31: People seen having their photo taken in front of a neon Happy New Year sign as people wearing masks walk past during New Year's Eve celebrations on December 31, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. Celebrations look different this year as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)

Happy New Year!

With the start of a new year, it’s always a good time to reflect and decide what we want, and don’t want to take into 2023.

One of my favorite lists that comes out this time of year is the Banished Words List from Michigan university’s. If you haven’t heard of this list before, it’s a list of words that we are banishing to 2022, and not carrying over.

Nominations came from all over, but these were the top words that we will be leaving behind in 2022, and not bringing into 2023.

  • G.O.A.T.

    This one is more of n acronym than an actual word, but nevertheless; the “greatest of all time” slogan is done.

  • Quiet Quitting

    Man, did this term have us consumed in the last two years. The term means you have mentally checked out, without verbally quitting. Many people felt they could relate to this sentiment during the pandemic, but according to this list, it is done.


  • Gaslighting

    This was another super trendy word the last few years. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t take me a year alone just to figure out what it meant… We’re leaving the word behind because per the study, the familiarity and overuse of the word has led to a disconnect from the terms real implications of┬ádangerous psychological manipulation.

  • Irregardless

    If you’re using this word, or have; STOP! It is not a real word. I hate to be the one to break it to you, but at least we can start 2023 sounding a little bit smarter together.

  • Moving forward

    This one seems ironic as we move into a new year, but the term moving forward is done! The term made the list due to it’s obvious nature. Where else would we move? It’s physically impossible to go back in time.

  • Amazing

    I personally blame the influencers for this one. Amazing has become so overused that it’s grand notion has lost all it’s power. This study says we should leave it behind in 2023.

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