Tribune: Which words have been banned this year? Wait for it…

In a past Tribune issue, we covered the Banished Words List, which is released annually by Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The 2024 list contains the following words:

  • Hack
  • Impact
  • At the end of the day
  • Rizz
  • Slay
  • Iconic
  • Cringe-worthy
  • Obsessed
  • Side hustle
  • Wait for it

You can read about the selection committee’s reasoning at

The Banished Words List is not the only fun tradition held by LSSU. In 1971, a faculty member started the Unicorn Hunters club. The club disbanded when he retired in 1987, but you can still get a unicorn hunting license through the university’s Department of Natural Unicorns.

The university also welcomes spring to the Upper Peninsula each year by burning a 10- to 12-foot paper snowman at high noon on the first day of spring.