“Fake news” and “covfefe” are among the phrases that made it onto one university’s list of “banished words” this year. Lake Superior State University released its 43rd annual “List of Words Banished from the Queen’s English for Mis-use, Over-use and General Uselessness” on Sunday, including the two phrases tied to President Trump. Suggestions were sent to the school before voters were able to select their favorites.
Lake Superior State spokesman John Shibley told The Associated Press that it made sense for the list to include the political phrases, considering the political climate of the past year. “It wasn’t as focused on politics in a very dirty sense,” he told the AP. “Most of the nominations were well thought through … considering how the year was.” Shibley said that “fake news” earned between 500 and 600 votes, but predicted that “covfefe” would be more of a fad word. READ MORE