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Annual list of banished words and terms include 'COVID-19' and 'social distancing'

Kellie Johnson, a respiratory therapist, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at McLaren Flint Hospital in Flint. Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they want “COVID-19” and “social distancing” to be on the school’s light-hearted list of banned words and phrases for 2021. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Kellie Johnson, a respiratory therapist, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at McLaren Flint Hospital in Flint. Even as vaccines are being rolled out to battle the coronavirus, wordsmiths at Lake Superior State University in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula say they want “COVID-19” and “social distancing” to be on the school’s light-hearted list of banned words and phrases for 2021. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

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