Just Rankin’ Sh!t

8 Terms From 2020 That Need to Disappear, Ranked

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented neologisms, but it’s time to cut these off

LEVEL Editors
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2 min readJun 29, 2020


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8. “Doomscrolling”

As if we need a term for diving into the execrable trash fire that is 2020. We can just swipe this one the hell out of here.

7. “Virtual happy hour”

Let’s please not drag this shit into 2021. If there’s no bartender shelling out discount margaritas in an actual venue, count us out.

6. “Performative allyship”

The perfect short-shelf-life jargon for this year’s reckoning with racism. “Not really about that life” has always summed it up just fine for us.

5. “Read the room”

Sure, some of the folks on the receiving end of this phrase are embarrassingly lacking in self- and social awareness. But it’s time to read the room — and put this cliché to rest.

4. “The new normal”