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TUESDAY ON THE MORNING MIX
• Our daily Good News at 6:30 and 9:25
• Find out what everyone will be talking about on What’s Trending at 7:00 and 9:30
• Details of a new Just Pay Half deal, right after it goes on sale at 7:00
• Meet this week’s VacationLand Federal Credit Union Terrific Teacher at 7:15
• Win tickets to the Great Lakes Science Center, Arby’s sandwiches, Mr. Smith’s coffees and more in the Game-O-Tron 3000® contest at 7:30.
• A British band dresses up in drag to relive their childhood in the video for the song of the day on The Tony’s 80s and 90s At 8
• “Drummer Was A Dead Ringer” and other strange-but-true stories from the last seven days on Weird News Of The Week at 8:30, brought to you by Brewed Awakening Vermilion. We’ll even give away a Brewed Awakening gift card.
• Why people want to keep working from home, and “The Restroom Key” in the EcoTree Services Mix Minute At Work at 9:40
MONDAY’S80s AND 90s AT 8 SONG OF THE DAY: U2-ANGEL OF HARLEM. Paul David Hewson is 61 today, but you know him as U2 lead singer Bono. Angel of Harlem was written as a homage to Billie Holiday, with references to various New York City-area landmarks and jazz-related history throughout the song.
2021 BANISHED WORDS LIST.
People across the U.S. and around the world let Lake Superior State University know that they’re tired not only of the coronavirus pandemic but also of hearing, reading, and talking about it—especially when the communication is bad or excessive. COVID-19 terminology monopolized submissions for LSSU’s annual Banished Words List this year. Out of 1,450-plus nominations, upwards of 250 of the words and terms suggested for banishment for overuse, misuse, or uselessness relate to the coronavirus. In fact, seven of the 10 words and terms that LSSU is banishing for 2021 are about it. Ranked No. 1 to get rid of is what started of all this: “COVID-19” itself.
1. COVID-19 (COVID, coronavirus, Rona). No matter how necessary or socially and medically useful these words are, the committee cannot help but wish we could banish them along with the virus itself.
2. SOCIAL DISTANCING. This phrase is useful, as wearing a mask and keeping your distance have a massive effect on preventing the spread of infection. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t ready for this phrase to become “useless.”
3. WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. This phrase was likely intended as a way to keep everyone feeling safe and calm at the start of the pandemic. However, as the virus made its way across the globe and nation, it became clear that we are all dealing with COVID-19 in different ways and that we confront some vastly different challenges in coping with it.
4. IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION (various phrasings). What is the standard measurement for caution, metric or U.S. standard?
5. IN THESE UNCERTAIN TIMES (various phrasings). To some, this sounds like the beginning of a movie trailer.
6. PIVOT. Reporters, commentators, talking heads, and others from the media reference how everyone must pivot to adapt to the coronavirus. But basketball players pivot; let’s keep it that way.
7. UNPRECEDENTED. Despite the fact that “unprecedented” was banished in 2002, given that it was nominated many times this year for misuse in describing events that do have precedent, inclusion again seems warranted.
8. KAREN. What began as an anti-racist critique of the behavior of white women in response to Black and Brown people has become a misogynist umbrella term for critiquing the perceived overemotional behavior of women.
9. SUS. It’s a shortened version for “suspicious” in the video game Among Us. Complainers ask: How much effort does it take to say the entire word?
10. I KNOW, RIGHT? This is a relatively new construction to convey empathy with those who have expressed agreement. But as one wordsmith put it, if you know, why do you need to ask if it’s correct or seek further approval? Another grammarian suggested that the desire for confirmation connotes insecurity. In other words, it’s reiterating something already seconded.
2021 COLORS OF THE YEAR:
PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, a marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.
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