The prevalence of prestigious

When you read news reports about science or medicine, you can amuse yourself by noticing how often the word “prestigious” crops up.

You might notice which news organizations make frequent use of the word. You might notice which science-related or medical-related institutions (or whatever) are called “prestigious.”

You might ask yourself which of those news reports use the word because it gives information, and which use the word because it fills space and seems, well, prestigious.