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THURSDAY 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
• How did the forecasters do with the summer outlook? We will find out at 7:10
• Win a Romeo’s pizza, Mr. Smith’s coffees and more in the Game-O-Tron 3000® contest at 7:30.
• Great memories in the form of a song on The Tony’s 80s and 90s At 8.
• How much we spend on our pets each year at 8:30
• Jacob Williams from the Humane Society of Erie County brings in a new adoptable pooch on The Alpha Dog Morning Mix Mutts at 8:40
• The new way people are quitting their jobs, and “Departing With Dignity” in the EcoTree Services Mix Minute At Work at 9:40
THURSDAY’S 80s AND 90s AT 8 SONG OF THE DAY: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN-GLORY DAYS. Bruce is 72 today and the 5th single from Born In The USA looks back on his so-called “glory days” and those of people he knew during high school and features a cameo from Springsteen’s then-wife Julianne Phillips at the end.
RANDY TRIES OUT THE SHAVING LEGS WITH SANDPAPER HACK
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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— PANTONE (@pantone) December 9, 2020