There are some words that make my skin crawl. Some words are innately awful. Some become awful because they are overused. The worst are those that aren’t words at all, but a clever little variation of a word, designed to express disdain for what the original word means. Confused? I’ll explain it better in a minute.
Here’s a list of some of my least favorite words:
- Blog Although I write one, I don’t like to say the word. There’s a certain connotation I’m not comfortable with. The Urban Dictionary describes it best: A meandering, blatantly uninteresting online diary that gives the author the illusion that people are interested in their stupid, pathetic life. Consists of such riveting entries as “homework sucks” and “I slept until noon today.”
- Panties This word is just creepy, particularly if referring to a grown woman’s undergarments. It sounds dirty coming out of an adult’s mouth, especially a man’s.
- Journey, or even worse, Amazing Journey A staple in a Reality Show Contestant’s farewell montage after they’ve been rejected and sent packing. The word journey implies a certain degree of importance, and there’s nothing important or amazing about sharing a man with a harem of vacuous women, desperately hoping he will allow you to be his bimbo, er, bride.
- Empower, empowered, empowerment This is a good word that has been blown completely out of proportion. When I see or hear this word, especially when used in conjunction with the word “women,” I want to throw up. It practically screams, “Women are helpless little victims in constant need of outside validation to prove their own self worth!” I’ve heard this word in cosmetics and hair-dye ads. The absolute worst use of this word came from Jennifer Love Hewitt when describing her movie “The Client List.” Apparently, it’s “empowering” for a woman to prostitute herself to save her family from financial difficulties.
- Democrap, Democretin, Republiclown, etc. This is what I was trying to describe in the opening. I HATE it when people use these words. I immediately tune out. It’s not cool. It’s not clever. It’s irritating and makes you sound like an idiot.
- Discharge No explanation necessary.
- Sammich See Things Moms Say
These are just a few off the top of my head. Believe me, there are tons more.
What about you? What words, when you here them, make you cringe or want to scream?