15 Words and Phrases That Perfectly Defined 2020

15 Words and Phrases That Perfectly Defined 2020

Karen

Who better to address the stereotype of a "Karen" than a linguist named Karen? As (Karen) Stollznow explains, it went from being a name to being a stereotype, an insult, and a meme. "The term typically refers to a middle-class, middle-aged White woman who is obnoxious and entitled in her behavior, and she is often racist," Stollznow wrote in a July 2020 post on the Cambridge Core blog. A Karen's signature move is asking to "speak with the manager" over a relatively petty (or in some cases nonexistent) grievance. And though calling someone a "Karen" has been around for a few years, it really took off in 2020, thanks to a combination of the nationwide movement against racial injustice (and therefore, many opportunities for someone to be racist) and, of course, the COVID-19 pandemic. As Stollznow notes, a "Karen" may not have a good understanding of public health, and therefore may oppose mask-wearing and social distancing, or be an anti-vaxxer. Ultimately, though, Stollznow says that "Karen" has become a gender stereotype, "and as a preconception about attributes or characteristics of women, it can be harmful." Here are 12 other expressions you didn't realize were sexist.

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