‘No worries’: how America came to banish Australia’s go-to phrase

US university puts Australianism in the linguistic naughty corner, but is it all a cultural misunderstanding?

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A list of “banished words”, published annually by Michigan’s Lake Superior State University, has this year included the unmistakably Australian “no worries”.

LSSU’s tongue-in-cheek list has been compiled every year since 1976 from submissions on terms deemed “familiar but problematic”. This year’s list also includes, among others, “asking for a friend”, “circle back” and “wait, what?” for elimination.

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