Is it just me who loathes certain words? The curvaceous Mad Men star Christina Hendricks revealed in a TV interview her most hated word is ‘chafe’. Like everything else, language and words follow trends and are influenced by popular culture. However, being a language puritan, the majority of my ‘Word 101’ list is slang. As a writer and a proofreader, words are my tools. Here are some of the words that are, for me, the lexicographical equivalent of fingernails on a blackboard:
– Holibobs. This slang word sets my teeth on edge. What’s wrong with the word holiday(s)? It just sounds stupid when coming out of the mouth of anyone over 10.
– Furbabies. (Is this two words?) As in your pets. I love my dog but I’m an intelligent woman and I know he isn’t my baby. Cringe.
– Hubby. This is a hideous word nobody under 50 should ever use, along with ‘comfy’. It really is downhill all the way from here …
– Amazeballs. Thank you, reality TV, where it is cool to be, or pretend to be, a bit thick.
– Discharge. This word always makes me shudder. Unfortunately for me, my day job sometimes involves dealing with banking court cases where loans are discharged. It crops up a lot.
– So. Sentences beginning with ‘So …’ are usually seen on social media sites and normally herald the start of a long and boring story, as in: “So, I’m in the supermarket earlier and …” Don’t get me started on the grammar.
I could go on and on but I won’t. Please comment and let me know yours …