According to a new Harvard study, there has been a startling 892 percent increase in the use of the word “unprecedented” in news media, social media, and even personal conversations.
The word is being used now more than ever, especially by news outlets when reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. The study indicates that the “exploitative” use of the word “unprecedented” is being abused by media members on both sides of the political aisle.
Analyzing a single-day average over the past three weeks, the study found that CNN uses the word 652 times per day and Fox News uses the word 604 times per day.
“It’s unprecedented,” said Thomas Newman, one of the study’s authors. “In the study of etymology, never have we seen such an exponential increase.”