Original post titled, “Rant” is right HERE.
I mean, really.
Blech! I guess some people don’t think. Instead, they “muse.”
This just pisses me off. It reminds me of someone trying to come up with a description of a Sarah Palin speech. She doesn’t have opinions; she has stylings.
This reminds me of bad elevator music. Of course this is making the assumption that there is “good” elevator music.
I see this and all I can think about is dental instruments.
Huh? It’s just plain irritating and it’s almost as bad as “vow.”
I hate it. It’s overused and underpowered. Who is responsible for this shit anyway? Remember the song “Video Killed the Radio Star?” Well, media murdered the word “Awesome.”
This word is just so wrong in so many ways. This word is…is, well it’s just constipated is what it is. It’s a lame, lock-jawed word.
Las Vegas is a place. With a full name. People who say, “Vegas” seem to feel that because they’ve been there, and liked it means they can use the shortened version, like it’s a nick-name. First of all I hate Las Vegas. I don’t like gambling, so there isn’t a whole lot for me to do there. The word reminds me of men in shiny suits with awful pinky rings, pork pie hats, and women with huge artificial eyelashes and hideous shoes.
I went to go see B.B. King play at the Hard Rock Casino. The people in the Casino? Oh. My. God. I’m sure they were perfectly nice, but I simply couldn’t quite believe it.
“Going on a Retreat”
It’s usually used in reference to a “spiritual retreat.” Retreating from what? It makes me just want to bang my head on the stove. I may go on a “Withdrawl” but I will never go on a retreat. You need some spiritual “uplifting?” Get your butt to the nearest animal shelter and do a little volunteering instead of sitting around thinking about stuff. You can think while you’re cleaning out a cage.
It’s not so much the word, as it is the fact that it’s overused and usually used incorrectly. And probably inappropriately.
You know what? The Apostles “broke bread.” Jesus “broke bread.” I say unto you, unless you are wearing a caftan and some bad sandals, quit using this phrase.
Please let me make it clear here: The word is “Ask.” You say “Ass” and stick a K on the end. It is not “Aks.”
And of course there’s something in it for the PN readers. It’s a contest! Best Hateful word wins the Golden Quail award!
Let them Rip! I want the worst, most hateful word and the reason why you think it’s the worst. The contest closes on Saturday, the 23rd of July, 2011 at noon. I’ll announce the winner the first chance I get.
I am now off for a quick lie-down and an aspirin while you come up with the best, “worst word.”
July 16, 2011 at 11:37 am
I hate the word super, grown adults over using it! “I an super excited”, no , you just sound “super stupid”. Okay now I feel better.
July 16, 2011 at 1:04 pm
Brandon, this was really a super entry! I couldn’t agree with you more.
July 16, 2011 at 11:51 am
I hate the word oxymoron. Only morons use it to try to look smart. It doesn’t work.
July 16, 2011 at 1:05 pm
I’ve always thought the word sounded like a cleaning product for idiots. Great entry!
July 16, 2011 at 11:58 am
But Miss Patricia…I write “pics” a lot ’cause it’s short for pictures. Sheesh. Now I must type 4 extra letters not to annoy you? Do you KNOW what that does to my talons? ; >
OK, along the same lines as “aks” (axe?), Mom despises “supposably” and “irregardless”. Of course “supposably” is NOT even a word. It’s supposEDly sustupid! And while “irregardless” is potentially a word – apparently the debate rages – why add the “ir”? It’s awkward and unnecessary and in a way sounds as if the speaker is overly fond of double negatives.
And I, personally, don’t like “fabby” too well. It works as a jokey play on fabulous but Mom’s iPad (see comment on your Mac blog) likes to auto correct it as “flabby” which doesn’t always go down well with the reader.
If I think of any more I will be back!
July 16, 2011 at 3:20 pm
Bart, I’ve never even heard “Supposably” before. You’re serious? Oh, now that is just plain wrong.
July 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm
I kid you not. Full grown adult humans in the workplace. More than one of them. Supposably they learnt English without aksin’ any questions.
July 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Thanks for the laugh! I needed it today…I just took a paralegal exam for the first part of my course. Now I am going to go narrow down my word list…I’ve got some good ones. I guess if the legal types wrote in plain english, they couldn’t rationalize their outrageous hourly rates! Wherefore…I go now!
July 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm
hi patricia brilliant blog
my participation or reply isnt so much a word but a phrase that makes my blood curdle and my blood-pressure rise it is:
‘I’m just a nobody’ the reason being is the moment the person says it the person on the receiving end feels somewhat obligated to start praising the person saying it its like they are saying ‘well come on then blow smoke up my ass and compliment me’ there are times when i feel like giving people a piece of their own medicine by saying – you know what youre right you are nobody like the rest of us now get over it and move on but is it just us in the uk who feel the same way i would appreciate other readers views on this phrase not just in the uk but the world over
thanks again patricia for yet another fantastic blog
your friend jane in the uk xxxx
July 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm
Nawww, Jane, I completely understand what you’re saying. I can safely say we feel the same way in the U.S. Thanks for your comment and kind words!
July 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm
You’re making me think of HGTV.
“Cabinetry.” The word is “cabinets.” The addition of “-ry” doesn’t make amateur interior designer/do-it-yourself show hosts look any more professional. It makes them look like they flunked English class in junior high.
“Pop.” Colors don’t do this. Balloons do.
“Water feature.” Let’s give fountains an identity crisis, shall we?
“Kitschy.” Just – no.
“Campy.” A room decorated to look like a tent. Or else, Ghadafi decor.
These words have been raped by cable TV. I’d better stop now, while I still can.
July 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Okay, this is just plain brilliant. Love this entry! Good God, I thought this was going to be an easy contest.
July 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm
By the way…I once had a parrot who could say “inappropriate.” No idea where he picked it up.
July 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm
What an “awesome” list!
The word “amazing” has also ceased to amaze. “Amazing” is used interchangeably with the word “awesome”, and overused to the point that both words have “totally” lost their meaning (oops, there’s another one that bugs me). It’s hard to watch a live interview (i.e. sports, red carpet affairs, award shows, etc.) without being subjected to the words several times. I want to cover my ears and scream! “La, la, la….I hear nothing!”
Although I am not fond of the word “fond”, the only word I hate is “hate”. Hate is a powerful word that is used far too casually. It lifts the hair on the back of my neck when it’s used, because it’s usually an indicator of the person’s attitude in other areas.
Hate begets hate. The world would be a better place if the word disappeared from our vocabularies.
July 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm
As I replied on Facebook:
I don’t blame you, Donna. But when I “dislike” something, it means I understand that other people might “like” it. So it is a matter of personal taste. When I “Hate” something, it means I can’t see why there is any earthly reason it exists. I “hate” racism. I “dislike” marinated steak and broccoli.
July 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm
Space. They aren’t rooms anymore. They’re “spaces”. Makes me nuts.
July 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm
Yep, that’s another one. And I start boiling over when I see the space decorators framing dead leaves and calling it “artwork.” Sorry. Off track. Can’t help it.
July 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm
Exactly! Marinated steak and broccoli sounds good to me (as long as I don’t have to cook it), but it’s hard to understand why racism exists.
On facebook, I once tried to “friend” someone who made me chuckle with one of her responses to a shared friend’s post. She replied, “Are you a breeder? I hate breeders.” Whew! I’m not a breeder, and don’t support breeding, but I don’t “hate” them! Isn’t it better to educate breeders to the plight of unwanted parrots?
My replies are in no way a comment on your title, “More Words I Hate”. It would have sounded silly to call it, “More Words I Strongly Dislike”!
July 16, 2011 at 3:57 pm
OK, you asked… I’ll probably be disqualified… “Muthafucka” Really! What does this word describe? Especially when overused in movies or by comedians. Makes my blood run cold when I hear it. It’s demeaning and repulsive. The only thing it proves is the ignorance of the person using it. (Now, I must go wash my hands, my computer keyboard, and my eyes after writing this.)
July 16, 2011 at 4:05 pm
I have a few “bad” words that make my feathers shrivel if I hear them but Mom said I wasn’t allowed to write them. I feel your pain, Marcia k.
July 16, 2011 at 4:10 pm
Marcia, it’s okay. We’re adults here. Even Bart is of age!
July 16, 2011 at 4:14 pm
I even SAY a kinda bad word that Dad taught me!! (It’s only a little bad…not one of the biggies.)
July 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Deep cleansing breath.
July 16, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Is that your entry or are you just telling me to breathe?
July 16, 2011 at 11:18 pm
It was my husband’s ex-wife’s mantra (is mantra on the list yet?). She used that term whenever she couldn’t deal with something which was about every five minutes. Now that term does just the opposite of what it’s supposed to do whenever I hear it.
July 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm
Plethora. People use it incorrectly. All. The. Time. /whinge
July 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm
Jessica (My editor!)
How can people possibly use that word incorrectly? Come on! It means what it means…
July 17, 2011 at 12:36 am
They use it as another word for “overabundance,” which is NOT what it means. It’s too much of a good thing or bad thing, with a negative connotation. They used to use the world as a medical term for cancer (I think…). Still. Everyone, “plethora” should be used for things like having too much cake. Too much of a good thing if you eat it all, because you’ll get sick. Too much of a bad thing, because you’ll gain five pounds. Not overabundance.
July 17, 2011 at 12:43 am
“Overabundance” is, in fact, precisely what it means.
July 17, 2011 at 5:42 am
Sorry, it means “overabundance” with a negative connotation. (Versus how it’s often used, as a positive connotation.)
July 17, 2011 at 6:59 am
So, if I understand you correctly, when you use “Plethora,” as in a “plethora of crabs,” you wouldn’t be talking about the All-You-Can-Eat kind at The Red Lobster…
Rather, this kind would necessitate a trip to the Walk-in Clinic.
July 17, 2011 at 8:28 am
Gawd, I can’t breathe…pleasepleasePLEASE can I quote this one to my conductor? (He’s the sort who deserves a plethora of walk-in-clinic crabs.)
July 17, 2011 at 11:10 am
Exactly. Like the cake example: too much of a good thing, in this case, cake, you get sick and too much of a bad thing, (again, cake), you gain five pounds. Plethora would be a great use for that, too.
Oh, my favorite quotes regarding plethora is this: “Interestingly, ‘plethora’ once meant ‘an over-abundance of bodily fluids’ so if you heard your doctor say this back in the 1700s, it meant they were about to stick a bunch of leeches on you.”
Bad. Baaaaad connotation.
July 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm
July 17, 2011 at 11:30 am
Nope, sorry, it simply means an “overabundance” with no other implication, positive or negative, , so people are using it correctly.
July 17, 2011 at 12:43 pm
I’m sorry, but you are incorrect. Plethora is a negative word. Synonyms include: deluge, flood, glut, many, much, overabundance, overflow, overkill, so on and so forth.
July 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm
And those terms are all sharing the common meaning of “overabundance” which is the dictionary first definition as well. Having a “plethora” of choices for instance may well be a good thing.
I’ll let anyone who cares just look it up and decide for themselves.
July 16, 2011 at 5:25 pm
Here are my entries:
1) “Can’t”. This word most often denotes some sort of negativism, self doubt, or futility. Please make the sentences into positive, proactive ones! Example: “I can do this instead of that”,
2) “Like”. When the word “like” is used incessantly in sentences, most often by the younger generation – “Well, it was like, you know, just uh, really fun!” “I was like, really? She said that? Like, what was she thinking?”
3) “Cu_t”. The word used to completely degrade a female. And it’s worst use is when another female uses that word!!! (Probably my most hated word).
4) “Pimple”. It’s just gross sounding, although “comedome” is just as icky!
5) “Reimburse”. It’s not the verbal sound of the word, it’s that I see that word so commonly misspelled as “reinburse” it drives me crazy!
July 16, 2011 at 5:29 pm
Since my last name is Super, I am also tired of “super” everything. I am also tired of cute nicknames like “puter” for computer, “prolly” for probably.
Most of all, I am very tired of parrot words like “fid” “bappy” and other made up terms for birds. They are not our kids or our babies They are birds and deserve respect for the magnificent creatures they are. These terms demean them.
July 16, 2011 at 11:22 pm
I have to agree with you on the “fid.” I believe only another bird enthusiast understands the term. Everyone else thinks we suffer from a lisp.
July 16, 2011 at 6:39 pm
Dude. I hate it! Out here we’re quite “citified”. Metropolitan, San Francisco Bay Area. Millions of multi-national people living, armpit to armpit. Tall sun blocking, buildings, bumper to bumper freeways, unending housing developments. Yet I constantly hear “Dude!”. WHERE to they think they ARE? COWPOKE COUNTRY.????? Texas? Oklahoma? Arizona? Colorado?
Geesh. Gimmie a break, DUDE…..
July 16, 2011 at 6:45 pm
…..I came here to write my “hated words”, and they’ve all been covered by the posts before me. Well done everyone! I couldn’t have said it better….
July 16, 2011 at 6:59 pm
Ok, then what’s up with this Shabby Chic thing? Is that another way to say you just can’t afford the really nice stuff?
July 16, 2011 at 7:03 pm
Veggies. I’m sorry, that is not a real word. And I was a vegetarian for 14 years. I always hated that, especially on a menu. Vegetables are just fine, they do not have to be abbreviated.
July 16, 2011 at 7:08 pm
Ok-so the words I hate are not really words at all. I hate the abbreviations for words!!! You know LOL is fine when texting or chatting but when in a conversation with someone I don’t want to hear someone exclaim “LOL!! You’re so funny” or “OMG” or “Can you hold that thought, BRB”. It is bad enough we have reduced the English language to abbreviations to save time when texting or chatting online but to do it when actually SPEAKING to someone is just plain lazy. I said it LAZY!!!! It’s not cute or funny. I know if you are truly laughing out loud, when you are surprised and if you walk away to take care of something that you will be right back.
July 17, 2011 at 7:00 am
I once saw “LOL” appear in a newspaper column. I was appalled.
July 20, 2011 at 9:23 am
I would be appalled too. Unfortunately, I think we are going to be seeing more and more of this. I work in a busy hospital and the professional emails are starting to have these abbreviations in them. It makes me want to grab my head and SCREAM!!!!
July 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Fixin’ – if I’m fixin’ it, it must be broke. Drives me nuts.
July 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm
Ok, here goes my word that I hate. I have too many to list, but the word I hate is Tween. I cringe every time I hear it. I like the word Pre-teen better. No such word as tween exists. I hope I didn’t offend anyone out there.
July 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm
Ok, and here’s one from Cameron…. As he is a Mariner, he absolutely hates it when someone answers on the radio (while on the water…) with “10-4”. They aren’t truckers on water…. And don’t even get me going on the word “seaman”. And then…there’s the “wench” thing. Oh well, if you aren’t of the nautical word, this won’t mean much, but it does sound like nails on a chalk board to me!
July 16, 2011 at 7:50 pm
Liberry instead of library! Makes my skin crawl. Loved the post, I was laughing out loud.
July 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm
I hate all of the shortened words. I guess they started with text messages. I mean thx–it’s too much trouble to type 3 more letters? Then there’s OMG and BFF–so fake I almost regurgitate. I guess if you can’t spell, you should use these shortened words. Personally, I’m a big fan of http://www.dictionary.com.
July 16, 2011 at 8:21 pm
Pet. They are COMPANIONS or FAMILY, not pets. I cringe whenever I see the word pet. It’s demeaning and it makes our companions “substandard” to the human race. I hate the word pet.
Oh, and FID (for feathered kid). Grrrrrr.
July 16, 2011 at 8:47 pm
“BirdY bread.” Drop the Y, use it some place else where it is needed.
And “Forever home!” (always with an !), when used with parrots, unless you are very young and the bird is very old.
A side note, I am also burned out with FB and what seems to be an endless “No, I hate breeders more than you do!” mentality that goes on and on and on there. Just venting, and the next poster is free to use, why yes, “just venting!”
July 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm
Obviously, I’ve touched a nerve here.. This is in a few hours? What is this going to look like in a week? Now I’m getting nervous. These are ALL so good.
July 16, 2011 at 9:10 pm
The word I hate the most is the F word. I cannot believe how many people cannot say a full sentence without having that word in it at least three times. It is a word that makes my stomach turn over and do flips. It is totally amazing to me how accepted it has become in our language.
July 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm
Sensible, Seems like as an adult, you are always supposed to be “sensible” but when the word is paired with another word, as in “sensible shoes”, “sensible hours”, “sensible friends”. Sensible = BORING!
July 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm
Respect. Disrespect. Diss’ing. et al
You don’t be dissing me.
He ain’t been respecting me.
Girlfriend, you best be respecting me.
Tanisha dis’ed me, so I had to f*ck that b*tch up.
Resect my authority (ala Cartman)
Cletus was showing me no respect, so I threw his ass to the curb.
In my circles/upbringing – the folks I encounter are generally polite, courteous & mindful of other people’s boundaries – thus respectful. But the folks that keep ax’ing for respect are generally not.
July 16, 2011 at 11:05 pm
*whatever* one of my daugher’s favorite words when she was younger. It could mean something different at any given time.
*prick* *bastard* *bitch* all of these words are used as insults, but one can prick their finger with a needle or pin… a bastard child is one whose parents were not married at the time of conception, and a bitch is a female dog.
*shut up* something my neighbor taught one of our parrots, which thoroughly displeased me. She came out clanging her pots together yelling these words, and everytime I think of them I visualize her and laugh. it is an image imbedded in my brain for life. She hates birds.
July 17, 2011 at 1:05 am
I also have a list of words and phrases that I cannot stand and I want to throw my rant in here too!
The little “i” in front of anything that’s NOT Apple. iGoogle. iCar. iBarf.
Going green: As opposed to going orange?
“54 years young.” Don’t bullsh*t me and don’t bullsh*t yourself. You’re old; get over it.
“Soul searching.” This sounds like an “awesome” “retreat” that I would take to “find myself” (gag).
“Epic” and/or “fail”. Thank you, failblog.org!
In short FB posts, using “da” instead of “the”, as in “I went to da lake and then I caught da fish”.
July 17, 2011 at 2:11 am
I almost lost it laughing when I saw “breeders”. I have actually been referred to as a “breeder”… of humans by a few of my childless friends. They are “non-breeders” who support zero population growth. I think I prefer being called a “parent” or a “mother”. I dislike the term “co-parenting”… just what is that?
It is used to describe heterosexual divorced parents, heterosexual never married parents, homosexual parents who had someone else help with the process, adoptive parents with biological parents, surrogates with biological parents, sperm donors get dragged into it somehow….just do not understand it with regards to humans~ How confused are the kids going to be? Identity crisis right out of the womb!
Guess Patricia had a hard time with me, I know that I used several of her hated words when we “sucked sushi & sake” (rather than “broke bread” and “tossed a few back”)!
My fighting word is… c*nt. I have started bar brawls over it.
The word I really dislike is: “um”. Have you ever listen to a sports celebrity? Few, if any, have the ability to complete any sentence without the use of “um”. I have heard politicians (in debates) use it, the President uses it, Royalty and movie stars use it. I have yet to watch any talk show or news interview where it is not said at all. It is like a mental pause that we are forced to take with the speaker because their brain can’t keep up with their mouth. You rarely hear it on Jeopardy~ “Just saying” another word that the teen world has taken added to it’s lexicon that drives me nutso.
July 17, 2011 at 3:14 am
I hate the word ‘fraped’. I can’t believe this word exists.
If you’re not familiar with it (and you’re feeling brave) you can view the definition here (http://www.urbandictionary.com/iphone/#define?term=fraped)
July 17, 2011 at 7:51 am
I hate the word ‘aviantarian’ someone thinks it should be in the dictionary.
July 17, 2011 at 8:34 am
Curse you Ms. Sund for you have made us all think…..and we all know we just don’t like to think much these days…….I mean “seriously” (one of my dislikes).and if someone says “trust me”, run for the hills! Ok, I’m done, I promise!
July 17, 2011 at 8:56 am
“Good job!” to every kid for every breath it takes!! Now I’m all for positive reinforcement for all creatures, including small humans, but like any other reinforcer used for training, doesn’t it lose its value when overused?
July 17, 2011 at 9:24 am
nucular instead of nuclear. Makes me want to puke. Oh and puke! Even though I say it a lot it’s a nasty word.
July 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm
“howsomeever”…wtf is that?
July 17, 2011 at 12:07 pm
“savvy”…This is not the 60s and you are not Sammy Davis Jr.
July 17, 2011 at 12:09 pm
“barren”…Yeah! By Choice! Look around….Also done….
July 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm
What about words that are inappropriately, like “dear” and “honey” or “hon.” I find that my gray hair brings about a sympathy for us “older” folks who are poor things that need a lift, especially from a younger person. I particularly dislike it when a man calls me “young lady” as if that’s a compliment. It’s not. I like my age. When I am feeling particularly irritated, I politely say, “I didn’t know that we were intimate friends.” To the questioning look I say, “oh, you called me dear. I call my grandchildren ‘dear’. But I just met you. “
July 17, 2011 at 2:47 pm
ROFL @ “I say unto you, unless you are wearing a caftan and some bad sandals, quit using this phrase” — !!
Not trying to be droll, but I don’t hate “LOL,” “ROFL,” etc. on the internet. Anything that helps to speed up communication and clarify one’s tone, in an increasingly communicative world, works for me (but never in formal writing).
“Actually” is being a bit overused these days, as is “old school;” I’m guilty of both.
July 20, 2011 at 9:26 am
Paula I agree with you. The abbreviations are fine when in email or chatting but in face to face conversation it is annoying. I certainly don’t think it has a place in any formal writing. I hate “old school” too.
July 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm
As in regards to your post ROFLMAO !!! I so agree . And to me I hate it when grown adults say “It is what it is ” . UGH !!! What does that means exactly ? no one has ever defined that really to me personally .
July 17, 2011 at 4:22 pm
See, Mom likes “It is what it is” and uses it a lot. It’s like a sigh of acceptance of a situation or event over which you have no control.
July 18, 2011 at 8:32 am
How interesting all this is. Here in the south, honey, dear, and hon are used frequently. To me, it depends on who it is coming from, and if it is genuinely used, or in a patronizing manner.
One day, if we should ever meet, I have the perfect southern joke (I am a southerner so I can pull it off)…….Has to do with “That’s nice”…
Also, here in the south, when we are talking about someone, and possibly don’t really care for that person, or the situation, we will add “Bless her/his heart”!
Oh, how so alike we all are, yet so different!
July 18, 2011 at 2:07 pm
Janet, I’m a southerner also, and you are so right, before we say anything bad about someone, we start out with “Bless her heart, but ….. ” LOL!
OK, here’s the word I hate, when somebody calls me “shuga”, I’m not a shuga or sugar and I’m not all that sweet, for a matter of fact, I’m just Wendy 🙂
July 19, 2011 at 7:49 am
Where the heck is the bottom of this? oh here it is……
Most disliked words:
Pacifically as in “I pacifically told you not to do that”
It’s right up there with aks and liberry (dang you iPad, stop correcting me).
Somethink as in “come here and let me tell you somethink”
Bought interchanged with brought (which I have only ever heard happening here)
Crimeny, the iPad just corrected my email address even!!
July 20, 2011 at 8:26 am
“you know”…constantly heard when someone is trying to get their point across or runs out of things to say… “you know, that was a perfect touchdown” or “that is the only reason she comes to the meeting, to be ugly, you know?” or the “hood” version “ya no” as in ” is that dealer on tha corn’r sumon ya no”
July 20, 2011 at 8:26 am
DUDE….I hate when someone calls everyone DUDE…male female, doesn’t matter! I also hate when people you don’t really know, address you with a HONEY or SWEETIE….that is only sweet when it comes from someone who actually knows you and does think of you in that way…….it is especially NOT complimentary coming from a person younger than myself….it seems …..demeaning ……
Well DUDE, that’s all I got, catch you later, SWEETIE….see what I mean?
July 20, 2011 at 8:37 am
Using “then” in place of “than”. As in: I’d rather have steak then fish. Really? You have quite the appetite!
July 20, 2011 at 8:40 am
I cannot stand the word, DUDE, either. It is that one word that sets me off. We are not all surfboarding druggies high on the latest drug, dude. It’s all I can think of when I hear the word, besides fingernails across a chalkboard.
July 20, 2011 at 8:50 am
My entry is, ‘NO, BULLY’. Yep, that’s it- the rest can stay.
I love language- it’s like a growing, living thing that defines a culture almost better than anything else out there. I especially like to use trite, obnoxious words and expressions, hoping for a laugh because I know my friends are smart enough to get the joke. And sure, incorrect syntax and grammar just sets my ear-holes on edge, but it’s funny too. Don’t we all feel a little bit superior when we cringe at the stupidity of others? After all, If everyone was a cool as us- how could WE be cool?
July 20, 2011 at 8:53 am
Dear Patricia and Janie,
I was reading this blog and post to my dear husband this morning and he objects to the inclusion of “oxymoron” in your “bad word list.” He pointed out “that for those of us who grew up and went to college in southern California, the word Oxymoron has a long and cherished history describing a freshman at Occidental college! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Food for thought … ;-)~
July 20, 2011 at 9:36 am
July 20, 2011 at 9:56 am
It is nit-picky of me but I dislike it when people interchange “Affect” and “Effect”. They are NOT interchangeable and yet people are always using the wrong one. Sort of like “your” and “you’re”. They have different meanings.
A word that has always bothered me is “read” for exactly the opposite reason. Why do we have the same word for two different things? Do you read me? Or have you read this?
July 20, 2011 at 10:06 am
Bully, I was LIKE TOTALLY waiting for you to chime in, DUDE!! I reckon that if the word is being used correctly, might as well have a wee bit ‘o fun with it, eh? *snicker snicker SNORT*
July 20, 2011 at 10:51 am
Righto Dr Bartemus! As Karen so aptly put it, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.’
July 20, 2011 at 11:21 am
I looked this up in a dictionary once and it was defined as “An incongruous juxtaposition”
Oh yeah, that helps. THANKS Websters!
July 20, 2011 at 11:37 am
I worked for a very educated M.D. (from Wales, educated at Cambridge). When his Washington DC office staff said, “Well, I axed the patient..”, he interrupted with, “Oh, you smote the patient with an axe?!?” Sometimes they caught it, and sometimes they didn’t.
AXED drives me crazy!
July 20, 2011 at 11:43 am
I thought of another phrase that I can’t stand; this one also makes my head shake. When I purchase a bag of food for the birds, and the description says, “For parrots and conures” or “For parrots and cockatiels”. Apparently, conures and cockatiels ceased being parrots some time ago and no one sent me the memo.
July 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm
Gnarly! Like that wave was totally gnarly dude! Yet, when used properly (while walking in Central Park we passed by a tree that was gnarly, as in its trunk was gnarled, I get weird looks.
Another one: Cage. Shouldn’t exist, except for possibly in the context of “tomato cage.” “Tomato support system” would work just as well, so yes, shouldn’t exist.
July 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm
This is a phrase rather than a word, but I hate it when people say, “I could care less,” when they actually mean, “I could not care less.”
I also dislke the words “fid,” “bappy” and “parront.”
July 20, 2011 at 5:09 pm
Sorry, but here’s another. I just don’t get it when I see a sign stating “Live Band”….I mean, who’s gonna pay to see a Dead Band??
July 21, 2011 at 11:36 am
Grateful Dead fans, of course.
July 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm
id like to submit anything ending in ‘izzle’ …as in foshizzle (meaning: for sure) if you are not a gangster rapper, you do not need to izzle anything.
also, “vajayjay” … slang for vagina. I have no idea when the word vagina became inappropriate or uncouth to say out loud, but unless you are speaking to or are a 3yr old, just say vagina…actually even if you are speak to or are a 3yr old say vagina 🙂 it is what it is ….
bloody ..as used by those people across the pond who speak “proper” English. I bloody hate it.. it is bloody great…. put the bloody book on the bloody table and get the blood ‘ell out of ‘ere
if you are from the UK or Australia then I can accept with reluctance you using this word, but really it is way over done.
DOLL … do not call me doll, i am not a plastic rendition of a person, I am a real person, I have a name, ask for it, remember it, and use it.
July 22, 2011 at 7:57 am
I hate “off of” as in….”it fell off of the table”. It would be correct to say “it fell off the table”, there is NO NEED to say the”of”. It drives me crazy.
I think the person who wins this contest should have to put all of these into one long, ugly story.
July 22, 2011 at 12:16 pm
A story with all of these would awesome! (I actually love the word awesome)
July 22, 2011 at 12:15 pm
Ok, no disrespect meant to military people but I CRINGE when i hear them say “Hooah!” I don’t know why but I just start feeling really embarrassed for them when I hear it, my hubby was in the military for 20 years and he didn’t like it either..but he was making a speech and said it once and I just died of horror. I asked him later “Why did you do that?!” He did not know lol. There’s something that just bothers me about a group of grown people making such a noise. 🙂
June 7, 2012 at 11:08 am
A friend, a former Marine, say that was the sound of a mind slamming shut.
June 7, 2012 at 11:06 am
Disconnect, the use of this word drives me nuts! The word that’s usually meant is Disconnection, as in “there is a disconnection between the government and the tax payers” or whatever (ohh, another bad one). But really, are people too lazy to say just one more tiny syllable?
June 7, 2012 at 6:36 pm
Reinvent…you can modify it, amend it or trash it and start over. If it is invented it is end of discussion. aaarrrghhh! I’ll be mumbling your list Pat, in my sleep!
June 8, 2012 at 6:14 am
The word “EPIC”is so overused today
How can everything be epic or of epic proportion? I wanna puke when hear someone use it to describe something that is merely average.
June 8, 2012 at 6:20 am
The word “EPIC” is so overused! I wanna puke when I hear people use it to describe something average. Everything can’t be epic or of epic proportion.
July 16, 2012 at 9:48 am
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March 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm
I too hate grown ups who overuse the word Super!!!!!!!! It’s like nails on the chalkboard!!!!!!!!