10 words and phrases that we should banish in 2023

For the love of all things sacred, please stop saying “GOAT” — unless you are shouting about a herd of mid-size animals.

At least, that’s how a team of judges from Michigan’s Lake Superior State University feel about the term — an acronym for the “Greatest of All Time” — as it tops this year’s Banished Words List.

The university has released its annual list, amassed from submissions from around the world, which highlights phrases or words that its judges deem misused, overused — or simply useless.

“GOAT,” along with “inflection point,” “quiet quitting” and “gaslighting” makes an appearance on the list, which has been released annually since 1976.

The list serves “to uphold, protect, and support excellence in language by encouraging avoidance of words and terms that are overworked, redundant, oxymoronic, clichéd, illogical, nonsensical — and otherwise ineffective, baffling, or irritating,” according to the university, which said it had received more than 1,500 nominations.

“The singularity of ‘greatest of all time’ cannot happen, no way, no how,” Peter Szatmary, executive director of marketing and communications at Lake State, said in a press release. “And instead of being selectively administered, it’s readily conferred. Remember Groucho Marx’s line about not wanting to join a club that would accept him as member?

“The nine additional words and terms banished for 2023 — from new no-nos ‘inflection point’ at No. 2 and ‘gaslighting’ at No. 4 to repeat offenders ‘amazing’ at No. 6 and ‘It is what it is’ at No. 10 — also fall somewhere on the spectrum between specious and tired. They’re empty as balderdash or diluted through oversaturation. Be careful — be more careful — with buzzwords and jargon,” he added.

Here are the 10 that made this year’s list.