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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Annoying words

When Kurt Andersen took over as editor of New York Magazine, he wrote a list of all the words he found annoying and told his staff not to use them during his tenure. They made me laugh out loud.

Do you agree with this list? What other words do you find annoying? (I hate triangulate and moist:)

(Via Swissmiss, via The New York Times)

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El said...

HA! I hate when people say irregardless!!!

wallflower said...

I think his list tops it off.

Although, nowadays there are plenty more words to add.

Lindley said...

haha this is funny. i hate the word "bestie". ick.

kaitlin said...

my supervisor at school has a list. among them "articulate". unless you are talking about a bus.

Kristin H said...

A very controlling list...but also funny. I think in general it can be difficult with restrictions. Luckily I did not find any that I overuse here...but I do have quite a few! My most overused word is probably: Fabulous...
Have a great day!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

genius.
obviously.
brilliant.
preggers. pregs. knocked up.

Jessica said...

CANOODLE, how I wish they'd all stop using canoodle.

Becca said...

Love: truculent. Hate: the word "quote" as a noun (that is a verb, people, the noun would be "quotation"!).

Oh grammatical pet peeves!

Becca

clementimes said...

Such an awesome list. I love reading "City" magazines like NY Mag and Seattle Met, but they have a very particular and totally annoying vernacular that really tests my patience sometimes. This guy is smart to tone it down.

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, pregs makes me queasy! these are hilarious :)

Sophie said...

hahah i laughed out loud too! i love this! x

Joanna Goddard said...

clementimes, i agree! oh! it secretly annoys me when people say San Fran. :)

laura kinsey said...

preternaturally.

Erin said...

I hate the word foibles. It might be my least favorite word in the English language.

My favorite? Illuminate. It just rolls off the tongue and it makes me think of so many lovely, bright things.

Bri (like the cheese) said...

I hate preggers & preggo.
I don't like hubby either - to dumpy sounding.
And I have never liked the word 'panties' or 'breasts' - I shudder to type them.

mosey said...

He sounds like a guy who is easily irked (is that a word?) and tough to please!

posse said...

love the word darling.
do not care for the word barf.

Lisli said...

This is a good list! I also can't tolerate "hubby." I've also heard people say "hubs." Oh man. Ick.

truffle oil said...

my dad hates the word 'humungous.' he literally would ask my sister and i not to use it as if it were a racial slur. it is kind of displeasing/nauseating.

Heba said...

haha what's wrong with "Well"?? he's so picky

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Aimee said...

The phrase "all set" drives me crazy! "Are you all set?" What does that even mean?

ARIELA WONDERS said...

frock
moist
hubby

Joanna Goddard said...

haha, these are cracking me up. i also hate the phrase "spread eagle." it grosses me out.

laurencapri said...

irregardless is not a word. moist.

clementimes said...

I know! San Fran... Why do people say that? It's seems like only locals would do, but no one in San Fransisco talks like that... :)

Sophie Delphis said...

There are certainly a few words on the list I wouldn't use, and don't particularly like ("flicks" and "celeb" for instance), but most of these words are absolutely fine, if sometimes overused article words! To each her own, I suppose. Fittingly, I hate the term "pet peeve."

Christen said...

I hate the misuse of the word random. Why is everything suddenly so random? Very few things that are described as being random are actually random.

stephanie said...

I hate when people say phenomenal...I think that's just come from people overusing it. Everything can't be phenomenal! And I'm kind of tired of the overuse of the word urban.

My favorite word is haberdasher. :)

The Yellow Door Paperie said...

I'm a Art Director and at our office we have a white board broken into two categories

Words We Hate: synergy, webinar, bandwidth (ie. "How much bandwidth do you?" Can you take on another project...)

Words We Like: Coffee, vacation...

team cowan said...

I'll have to agree with hubby, preggers/prego, and bestie. I also have a hard time when couples call each other "honey". I'm from the south, so if it isn't said with a southern accent and while someone is handing me fried chicken and a biscuit through the car window, it just seems weird. And overly formal.
However, I love that my husband (who is not from the south) calls me "darlin". ;)

Patricia said...

haha I don't hate many words, unless it's something gross like scab, puss etc hahaha ew


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emily scoggin said...

the worst is guesstimate. ick.

Christen said...

I must add one more. Fellowship. Ew.

Margaret E. Perry said...

Haha! This list is great. I used to laugh when people said they hated certain words ("moist" seems to top most people's list) but I finally have one: "gifted" --I really hate "gifted".

T.K. said...

i can't stand the word "scrounge." it just looks and sounds ugly.

Coco said...

i hate 'moist' too!!! makes me cringe.

Evie said...

I completely agree with him! They are so overused as writer's crutches to make the article sound "hip" that they have become eye-roll worthy. Funny to see his list!

Bethany said...

My absolute most hated word is "moot." My dad used it relentlessly whenever we would argue when I was a teenager, as in, "that's a MOOT point," to any argument I made in my favor. Eventually I think he realized that I really just hated that word so then he'd use it even if I was right just to watch me blow up. The word is banned from my husband and I's vocabulary, which he has been more than happy to comply with except when he wants to tease me. :)

Sofia said...

I had an editor at my first job that wouldn't let us use 'hoi polloi' or 'truly'. Her random emails of banned words still make me laugh.

claire101 said...

New York Magazine is not alone - as a sub-editor (copy editor in American), every magazine I've worked on has a 'banned words' list...

Four Flights said...

Musings. Which if you read 'mom' blogs you come across way too much.

Major Gal said...

i hate the word "fart." we do not say it in my house as my mother never allowed it. and YES! people read quotations, or they quote people. get it right! i hate when people say "standing O" for standing ovation. it sounds dirty. panties is also gross. some of my faves are lattice, shrubery and satchel. i just like saying them.

Alex said...

Definitely agree on moist. Also dangle and folks. I involuntarily cringe any time someone says folks!

Faythe Aiken said...

i am thinking that i now need to make a list. a few of mine are...
ending of any exclamatory sentence with babbbyyy or yo (for example: new york city baby!)
hubs
intentional (ie. doing anything 'intentionally')
i could go on and on...

MG said...

i can't stand "hubby"! your husband has a name!!

Lili said...

Haha, that's cool :-D Seeing how I blog in my non-native language, it sometimes is hard for me to figure out which words go with the common "Zeitgeist" (you're welcome) and which do not. Zeitgeist is a German word, btw, and is not out of fashion in its home country, although I can understand why it is in the US :-) So I did use one or the other of the words on the list, mostly because I'd read them somewhere and they popped up in my head while writing. I bet my writing style seems odd to people at times. My boyfriend asked me why I don't ask my readers about that, but I don't know. It seems kinda strange to me ^^

Relatable Style

Snappy Di said...

Tell Kurt to stay away from my blog. I'd give him a heart attack. LOL

The only word I stay away from is the word 'Hate'.

Di

marissa said...

i am thoroughly annoyed by "random" as in "that was so random!"
this is so funny!

Cyd said...

I hate the word really. I told my kids to stop using it, it te context of being degrading. It's so condescending. I pretty much snap now if someone says it to me.

Katherine Fugit said...

You can't spell dumb without um. So yeah, I agree completely with that one. But who would be writing for New York Magazine and using , um, or , uh, ?

hip hip gin gin said...

This is AWESOME. I'm afraid if I made a list like this it would be many pages long. But let me just add my number one pet peeve: when people say "nukular". It kills me. Say it with me news anchors- N U C L E A R. Oy.

julie said...

Fun! The (over)use of "curate(d)", "gamine", and "eponymous" on blogs and in fashion magazines makes me a bit bananacakes.

wildchild said...

ha i agree with most of those. especially "hubby". annoying.

Ana Degenaar said...

I hate hubby, regardless and howdy.

Bethy said...

after art school, i cant stand to hear people say 'juxtapose' or 'inspirational' anymore!

i do love hearing 'mellifluous' and 'lugubrious' and 'effervescent' though!

Joanna Goddard said...

ugh, howdy! or when people say, "hey, guy," to strangers in stores and things.

Anonymous said...

I detest the phrase "bear with me now".

Pamela said...

What an ass! Ha, I would purposely used these words to annoy him? Who does he think he his? Words, all of them, are meant to be used.

With that said, it's ridiculous when ppl say "Cali." Note that ppl from CA do not ever actually say, "Cali." Ask your husband, does he say that wretched word?

Maycie After Five said...

"That's Hot" I cringe when I hear it.

christinamm said...

Have you seen the Jimmy Fallon "thank you card" to the word "moist"? He basically tells it it's the worst word we have and we don't want it anymore. I agree.

Rebecca Paul said...

I really could go on and on about words that irk me. . . awesomeness, randomness, meh (referring to "me"), guesstimate, chillax, and particular uses of "Yeah" are just a few. :)

Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking said...

I think it might be British sayings but I want to throw things when people say 'under the cosh' or 'wow factor'. Like nails on a chalkboard to me! Marvellous and splendid are my favourites!

Tsuki aka LittleGrayFox said...

I think there's a universal hatred for "moist"

It looks like he removed every word a hipster might use! I would definitely agree with most on his list and then add "preggers" and "hubbers"

Emily said...

I don't really understand the banning of "lifestyle" and is there really a good alternative to "eponymous"? I'd add "flaccid" to the list!

That's Not My Age said...

Sorry Kurt but I don't mind indie or zeitgeist - but I do think icon is overused and savvy is a bit irritating!

msjean said...

Also overused:
uber
meta
...wait for it --
paradigm shift
gamechanging
wheelhouse (to mean skill set)
natch (terrible bloggerspeak)

loolalee said...

precisely! shivers. that word needs to be banned. oh and beiber fever.

Mel said...

I hate when people say "San Fran" too. I also hate the word "tats"..."Dude, where'd you get your tats? I just got outta prison..."

theolivetree said...

oh M Gee ranks on the top of my list ;)

Alice said...

Thats is funny! I guess some of those words are rather annoying!

Anonymous said...

Mature, when pronounced "Matore" drives me insane, even if that may be the correct way to say it...

Jaimee said...

Rad! It must stop!

Fat Kitchen said...

Can I share buzzwords in SF now... artisan, purveyor, organic, local -- I used to love how it meant something was "special" now it's all over the place and starting to sound blah. I wonder what word replacements are out there?

rachel kirk peterson said...

there are a few local phrases and words that make me sick (i am not from the city i live in): using 'honestly' as a qualifier, for anything; 'random'--i agree with Christen above. all of the sudden everything is 'random'. i also can't stand the people around here who say 'granted' before everything. a lot of times they don't know what they are talking about and i've caught people saying--and even WRITING-- 'granite'. embarrassing. also, can you even believe that people use the term 'eternal companion' for their spouse?

natalie said...

These comments are hilarious. I definitely have more words that gross me out than annoy me. Like moist and balmy. Mostly, I really hope the "-onista" fad is dead.. and buried, really deep.

Alexa said...

Hahaha. Sport as a verb. Agreed. Also hate "moist." Do all women hate that word? Also don't like "muah" (a kiss). Don't know if that's a word, but it really ticks me off when people either say it or write it.
alexa

Lonely Wife Project said...

This is hilarious! I see so many similar uses in my line of work - Public Relations. Also, I despise the word "slated" as in "the story is slated to be published..."

Alexandria said...

UGH moist is my least favorite word ever. EVER.

Amy said...

Actually, I have to agree with most of the words on the list. I'd also like to add "gifted," as in "I was gifted this vase." Is it even an actual word? What's wrong with the verb "to give" in all its forms? It's a good verb. Use it!
Also hate "totes" instead of "totally" and all the people who throw around "hipster" far too often. Also hate the slang "nom," as in delicious.

Real Life Catwalk said...

Hmmm, strange list! I agree with most of the comments; I hate the word "moist". And "wildly", which is a word that is grossly overused in one of my favorite mags which shall remain nameless...

FoodVictorian said...

Love it! Can I add a couple that I've seen on cutesy blogs lately? Presh, as is precious, Gorg, as in Gorgeous, Adorbs, as in Adorable, Siggy, as in signature! I'm horrified that people would say, much less type those! :)

Patricia Ann said...

I tend to dislike words based on its typographic characteristics. Letters with ascenders and descenders (i.e., p, q, b, d) can make an entire word seem unbalanced. The words 'here' and 'blog' are on my list of words I do my best to steer clear from.

Patricia Ann
www.theshapesofthings.com

Anonymous said...

along w/ hubby & hubs, I also do not like "girlies"...

spearmint baby said...

love it!
i have when girls say "i have to piss"...
piss is so masculine i don't understand why girls think they need to do this!

other than that i'm having a blank ;) xo, shari

spearmint baby said...

oops, i meant to say i "hate!"

Susan said...

loathe many of these words...randomly, I hate the word 'hubby' & 'hubs' - blech.

KH said...

I'm with everyone that can't handle 'hubby', 'preggo' or 'kiddo'.

I can't stand it when people over-use 'just saying' or 'epic'... Annoying!

Anonymous said...

booyah! i don't know if that's supposed to be a word, but i cannot stand it when i hear it!

and criminal, like "that baby is so cute it's criminal".

i'm shuddering as i type this.

Caitlin said...

We have a casual list at my work-"in reality", "top-notch", "ironic" used incorrectly..I'm blanking on the rest. I love everyone's comments though. Personally I hate the "random" fad. Everything cannot be that random people. And "totes", as in totally, "boss" as in one guy says to another, "what up boss". Ah can't stand it. I remember when I was little my Dad hated that we said "awesome". He would tell us that awesome should be reserved for things that actually inspire awe. Poor Dad.

Caro said...

It's a little extreme banning "comfort food." Sometimes that's the best way to describe pot pie.

I get annoyed with "unique."

Caro
http://nofindersfee.wordpress.com

Bobbie R said...

I have a hard time with mani/pedi....seriously, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up from typing that, phew!

Cheers! <----now that word I LOVE!

Ashley said...

I hate the word random. Particularly when prefaced by the world totally. Yuck.

Victoria said...

"as per"

redundant!

i love the word timeless.

Victoria

Victoria said...

Intense.

Caley said...

I agree with "hubby." Way too country quaint for me.

Zoë said...

"Facetious" really grates on my nerves. I find it so overused. I have to say, though, I LOVE the word "boast". That saddens me a little.

KH said...

One more: this applies mostly to "mommy blogs" but my skin crawls when people say their ovaries ache or uterus explodes at the sight of a cute picture, OR WORSE, when people say "nom nom nom". EW.

Sara B said...

haha! i hate the word "moist" too!

Jackie Geschwind said...

well, um, uh...i love this list. for some reason, 'jammed' (as in filled to capacity) is not a fave.

Blythe said...

I really don't like the misuse of the word curate everywhere lately. As in, a "well-curated boutique" or she/he "curated" a list of something on a blog. I can't wait for that to fall out of style.

That being said, I definitely use some of the words that annoy other "folks", so I guess that's what makes this "random" world go round!

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

I feel like it should go without saying that you shouldn't use um and uh in the new york magazine...

"bigcanadiangirl" said...

I don't like the word "ambiance". Any good synonyms?

Meagan said...

coagulate and lubricant.

my skin crawls every time I hear them, and when I have to SAY them, my stomach churns.

Casey Craig Art said...

"Like" when used repeatedly in a sentence for no apparent reason tops my list. And "supposedly" when it is pronounced "supposably".

ayetch said...

When people say LITERALLY inappropriately.

E.g. I was LITERALLY DYING.

No you weren't. Shhh.

jacquelyn | lark + linen said...

I don't even want to type it... but puss. It gives me the heebie jeebies!

Oh, and husby. It's not a word, ladies!

Kim from In a State of Luxe said...

Yes, totally agreed on nom nom nom with reference to eating. I also can't stande BRAINSTORM - makes my head hurt! I love this post - thanks Jo

New York Don't Leave Me said...

HAHA! I agree with a lot of these! But I'm happy he's not my boss, this will be challenging to adhere to!

www.nydontleaveme.com

Sobrina Tung said...

I find the word "littles" (meaning regular people) super annoying.

please sir said...

Juxtaposition!!!!!!

Ash said...

Glad to see someone else on here said my most hated word: panties. I cannot even say it, I cringe typing it. You're telling me women wear little pants? Ick! And, btw, is everyone meaning to say they don't like the word pus (as in the fluid) or puss (as in "in boots")?

Little Lj said...

Moist is one of my most hated words. Also succulent makes my skin crawl.

Jamie said...

I agree with most of these too! "Hubby" is one of my top 5 most annoying words and I'll have to agree with The Yellow Door Paperie and her office - two of my favorite words are also "coffee" and "vacation". ;)

Megan_Marie said...

Great list! Being from Southern California I pretty much hate the word 'Hella' ;)

Jen @ areafarehome.blogspot said...

It's so funny what bothers people! had a good laugh reading these comments! I really hate when people say non-words like "fantabulous" and "ridonkulous" it just sounds stupid! great post!

Nicole* said...

any variation on the word "stink" is completely annoying to me. like when you are talking about something lame and someone says 'that stinks'.
that is the worst.

asiajane said...

I cringe at "utilize" and the phrase "very cool," which, in my mind, is really not.

Rachael said...

I extremely dislike nearly any three syllable word ending in 'ate'
as in...
gyrate, pulsate, ejaculate, permeate, penetrate, masticate, salivate... should I go on?

Girl of Cardigan said...

I have to second the literally business. I have a pretty high tolerance for annoying words, and will confess to a tendency to use "Just saying" way, way, waaaaay more than anyone should, but literally? Do you people know what literally means?

You're literally starving?
Your eyes literallypopped out of your head?
You literallypeed your pants?

:)

The Oatmeal has a super funny post on this at http://theoatmeal.com/comics/literally

love.

Girlinabearsuit said...

I hate the word Pulsating, and Pubic. They are both totally disgusting. As well as my boyfriend tends to say words like, "squalor" instead of poor or dirty. I don't know why, but it makes me want to punch him.

Molliee said...

pretty hilarious! thanks for sharing:)

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basicspaceblog said...

I actually agree with a lot of his words! Some are too funny though :)

And I also hate, hate moist. I avoid it at all costs. I'm also not a fan of 'accentuate'.

valerie said...

in high school, my best friend and i had a list like this. topping it was "SLACKS!" slacks is bad.
panties is awful, too. so awful. can't say it.

i also dislike "moist" and "jazz" (though i do like jazz music...?) and oh lord, "razzmatazz" makes my skin crawl.

DINAH CLAIRE said...

One term of any English class (in which students are encouraged to speak) is enough to make me never want to hear the word "juxtapose" ever again! I did need to use it recently for a formal analysis I was writing, but I had to think about it long and hard before I was willing to let it happen.

Lisa_M said...

"Eyeball" totally grosses me out.

Also hate "fabulous" and "special" because they are so overused. I can handle sarcasm, but these both just come across as condescending and fake!

Major Gal said...

i also hate "amaze balls." everyone needs to stop it with that.

laurenjeanallece said...

I love this! And I'm totally with you on the "moist" front. It is only acceptable when speaking of baked goods, and even then... Oh, and Lindley's word too - "bestie" is the most ridiculous word and makes me cringe.

Norwegian Phoenix said...

Haha. How funny.

I thought I would be the only one with this annoyance, but I hate the term "hubby". Granted I don't have one so maybe it comes with the territory but it drives me nuts.

Have a great afternoon!

Joy said...

that's my good friends dad. he is equally funny in person!
xo

Jenny said...

Lusting.

Like, "I'm lusting after those shoes" ick!

Debbie said...

soccermom!!!

sarathira sukiman said...

haha! i totally agree with these ladies. bestie sounds ridiculous, well maybe if it's lightly used in the head is acceptable, haha oh oh and why people are still using boo for the partners? :)

Dancing Branflake said...

This reminds me of the whole panties debate. I now chuckle when I hear that word.

Rachel said...

Oh, I just can't stand moist. I cringe just typing it.

NN said...

guestimated!

Cait said...

I'm a grant writer for a non-profit, so I spend much of my life trying to simplify other people's writing. My least favorites are utilize (what's wrong with use?!) and capacitate (sounds too much like decapitate). I also think that people overuse 'however' and 'therefore'. Those words are okay as an occasional pause, but they are largely unnecessary.

My most hated phrase that appears on a lot of blogs is 'le sigh'. Why do people think it is cute to sigh with a fake French accent?

Finally, while I also dislike the words moist and panties, my least favorite word to hear is 'ma'am'. I know that it is considered polite in a lot of places, but just makes me feel old.

Geri said...

oh! ... love the post and all the comments! :)
the word I hate is Glamourous (Especially when spelt with all the Os and Us!)

xx

Pistachio said...

That is so funny. I wonder if he had a please use these words list? :)

missmehoneybee said...

I cant stand moist either or the caress!!

margaret said...

AWESOME. It sounds like a donkey bray.....
People where I live use it all the time....
Sounds like nails on a chalkboard to me..

Rachel said...

Upcycle, remix (referring to wearing clothing items in different combinations), hubby (reminds me of schlubby, which my husband is NOT). I'm also annoyed by "styled". When did that become a thing?

Agree with le sigh, le tired, etc. WTF is up with that? Le annoying.

Lauren @ with two cats said...

I despise 'stoked'. No one sounds natural saying this - no one.

Designs Good said...

Ha, this is hilarious! i hate bestie, bro, Do Lo (short for Dolores Park), dawg ... oh, lots of words ... oh, and I hate LOL, a lot.

Ariel said...

I hate the word "Epic". Horrible.

Steph said...

I hate Moveover and Dungarees! My co-worker hates Robust. haha this was fun!

Anonymous said...

I agree!

Suzanne said...

I'm so happy to discover that I'm not alone in my hatred of the word "hubby"!

Also, "lover" is terrible. YUCK.

stephanie j said...

haha i love these...i too hate the word epic unless it is truly worthy of the word. hmmmm...i don't like when people say "at this point in time." cause it makes no sense.

Emily said...

I cannot stand the word mustard. I know it's weird. I mean it's fine if someone says something about putting it on their food, but if someone uses it like a color it drives me crazy. Example: "I like that mustard color sweater you were wearing yesterday."

Ugh I just cannot stand that word.
Moist also makes me uncomfortable.

joolee said...

i can agree with "hubby". sounds gross, like some huge couch potato husband. no thanks! i think i just dislike it when people say words wrong - example: "lifes" (for lives), and "supposively" (for supposedly). drives me CRAZY! but i am a lit/grammar nerd. :)

Bethany said...

Also, I really hate it when people use the phrases "Just sayin'" or "I'm not gonna lie." Obviously, you would never use those in a magazine article, but I cannot stand to hear people say them. :-/

hello. said...

crotch, yeppers + coolats... also smitten has been so overdone that i can't stand to hear that word anymore.

kristin said...

ha! "whilst" + "uber". my husband cannot stand when i abbreviate words - "guac" for guacamole drives him nuts!

Naomi said...

This is so funny. I'd have to add "proverbial" to the list.

Naomi said...

Oh, and in the "blogosphere," (which is another one I hate), I'm so tired of seeing "ramblings and "musings" in the title.

SarahCate said...

I hate the word aplomb. It is especially overused in fashion journalism, and it drives me crazy!

Maria said...

Frisco, for San Francisco. Not sure who taught people to call my beautiful city by the bay this but it bugs the heck out of me.

Pristy Giant said...

"EPIC" and "CLASSIC"
worst ever.

Alison said...

Anywho!

Kelly J. R. said...

I can't stand it when people say "me thinks..." I also don't like preggers or moist. I DO love the word pergola.

Hannah said...

Meal. Ew, that word is gross.

Moist (even worse-- moistest) also make me cringe.

Sara said...

I just hate most abbreviations, it makes people sound immature and uneducated. It really does not take that much longer to write husband rather than hubby...and it's really not cute. Also, "nom nom nom" - I don't get it, people don't make any sound remotely resembling that while eating.

Anne said...

I detest the word "pop" used instead of soda. I love the word whimsical. In the past I've loved the word vintage but I'm starting to think it is overused.

Claire * Lola Is Beauty said...

I just wrote an entire travel article about a mountainous region without using the word "majestic" - it was hard! Funky is the worst word imaginable.

dreamday said...

love the pop/soda comment! when i was in college i took an overseas trip in which there were only 3 of us from the west coast and the rest were from the east. in order to fit in i switched from saying "pop" to "soda" and i've never turned back ;)
sometimes peer pressure is a good thing. i like saying soda so much better.

Gmarie said...

I think "penultimate" is a stupid word. And I agree that "moist" is gross, but I think "smear" is even worse!

Kelly said...

Yes, musings, ramblings and stream of conciousness are all overused on blogs.

PoetessWug said...

I LIKE words!! And there's so many unknown subjects that can come up, and so many flavorful ways you can use them! I don't think you should ever limit them...except if they're just being used as filler and haven't been thought threw. Go words! Go words!! ^_^

brittney elizabeth said...

moist = worst. word. ever.

i also despise when people pronounce "length" or "strength" as if there is no 'g' and it comes out like "strenth" etc. ugh.

helen said...

i hate "per our conversation" or "aggregate" but that's due to an overdose of corporate meetings.

helen :)
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Monica said...

Favorite word: Pillow
Least favorite word: Recapitulate (Really. No one needs to use that big of a word to express that they're restating something.)

the cape on the corner said...

you know, i have a lot of favorite words but never considered words i don't like.

why must words about bodily functions sound so...nasty. burp is not nice, but belch as a replacement isn't any nicer. and let's not go *there*...

alisonds said...

These may also be British work-words (or maybe just my work)
face time = meeting someone in person, "I'll get some face time with them"
Diary as a verb "let's diary that"
carpark as a verb to mean let's come back to that "let's carpark that idea".

Also British phrases I hate (as Meghan said) under the cosh, also kibosh and awry.

I also hate when people don't understand acronyms and mis use them, like Broadband MAC code. The C in MAC already stands for code. Grrrr

the cape on the corner said...

i perused (love that word) the list and i don't see "chandi" as in chandelier. i detest that word! it's not even a word. another good word-zamboni. it's just fun!

my word verification is "mosit." unscramble and you have the most posted word here. creepy!

Cath said...

Oh crap. I've used two of these words, in particular. I'm afraid to write anything now... kind of freaking me out. BUT, if I may add to the list-> preggers/preggo/pregs (they all just remind me of marinara sauce), inked and tats.
Now to crack out the thesaurus and find a replacement for the words, "well" and ,"don" (though, in my defense, I've only used that one a few times, so far, in the span of my lifetime.)
I suppose these are very good examples of trying to be too clever!

Courtney said...

Haha, it looks like I'm not the only one who HATES the word "moist"! It makes me shudder.

Vanessa said...

Mine is a phrase: "Pops of color."

Yeah, I was over that the tenth time Domino mag used it. Which was forever ago.

Anna Claire said...

I hate when people use food descriptors for non-food items (i.e. "his legs are yummy").

I also hate those words he included like "penned" and "queried" that are just pompous forms of simple words like "wrote" and "asked." Vigorous writing is concise!

This list made me laugh and reminded me of a journalism prof I had who had a similar list.

jodi said...

I don't mind moist... I tend to think of something delicious like moist cake.

I cannot stand the term "go to"!! As in, "Lemon Drops are my go to cocktail!" Ugh!!!!

Also cringe to hear gelatinous or phlebotomist. Cute is also a terribly tired and overused word.

Sally said...

I don't know if I have a hate-word, but I love the word "naïve" (mostly because of the two dots above the "i") :D

Sunny Rising Leather said...

Soooo,

Well,

I guess I shouldn't tell this man about the time I donned my fin de siecle, comely chapeau and graced one of New York's Finest Eateries with my presence, along with my hubby? As a duo we ate comfort food and dubbed the restaurant an indie bistro: I intoned (lifestyle maven that I am) that it couldn't have been a better meal if it had hailed from Zagat's overly starred best-of book!!

We even saw a few bigs eating there - a veritable who's who of celeb faces!!

Uh,
um,

SIncerely Penned,
Allison (Sunny)

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Sally said...

Oh! I HATE when a stylist/fashion person says "you can pair it with a CUTE cardigan" FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! Stop using cute!!! "a cute sandal" "a cute pant" I.G.O.C.R.A.Z.Y.!

Elissa said...

Wow, I think "um" and "uh" would be a heard one to avoid and I love the word Hubby!

Pamela said...

Haha, these are addictive to read. Having scrolled through, I definitely agree with 'hubby' and 'preggers' as being awful words.

But the term that irks me the most (I love the word 'irk') is 'pet peeve'. I'm not sure why, but it's always bothered me.

nicole said...

While interning at the Oxford American Magazine, we were not allowed to use the word "eclectic." This reminds me of those days! Good times. xo.

Elissa said...

This is so funny to read! I really don't have any words that I hate... I do have phrases though. Around here a lot people say "get off the car" instead of "get out of the car." You're not "on" the car you're "in" the car, therefore, you need to get "out"

Oh hey, I just remembered a word I hate. As an artist, I hate it when people use the word "draw-er" instead of "artist." Like, "Wow, you're such a good drawer!" It just sounds so juvenile, I don't even think it's a real word!

Anonymous said...

i feel bad because so many do it, but I can't stand when people sign emails with "cheers" especially if they're not from the UK. it feels cheesy.

Karina Cifuentes said...

Panties!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

I hate the word Humongous, can't stand it..

Notes from Holly St. said...

lol this list is pretty hilarious although i am guilty of using quite a few them in my writings :/ ...

i can't think of any words that really annoy me but i do hate the frequent misuse of the word "literally". like when people say, "i literally had a heart attack!" it doesn't make any sense!

Anonymous said...

@Sarathira - I have a theory on the word "Boo." I think maybe its a derivative of the word "beau" which means boyfriend but is also another word for admirer, beloved, love, lover... yeah I know, I'm a little brainy :/

kel said...

i loathe the word m-o-i-s-t and i'm not fond of "fart" either so when my kids want to make my head explode, they do a hate-word mash-up and we all have a laugh (and a cringe) :)

Kaflute said...

The word "folks" bothers me. I always feel like I need to pronounce the "L." I also do not like it when a person refers to a large group of people as "guys." Whatever happened to "ladies and gentlemen"? That may be a little to formal, but I hate feeling like I'm an unruly middle-schooler. Another word that drives me crazy is the word "like." It is used far too often.

My favorite word: Onomatopoeia. I don't get to use it often, but it rolls off the tongue wonderfully. The four vowels at the ends also make it special.

Liesl Ayers-Southwell said...

Zeitgeist!! NOOOOOO! That's one of the funest words to say! I first learned it when I was going to college for music. It means "rythem ghost" in German.
It does seem to be used in all sorts of odd ways lately. But its still darn fun to say!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

my friend and i recently discussed how when people say "redonkulous" it makes us want to scream.

but hopefully the times writers don't need a reminder on that one ;)

Anonymous said...

Oh, I so agree about the word gelatinous! ICK! Also dislike the use of the word "Cheers", especially by my brother who signs his Christmas letter (those are two cringe worthy words themselves) and many e-mails with it. He doesn't drink AND he's not British, so I don't think he's authorized to use it! :)

Fabiana said...

I'm annoyed by "FUNCTIONALITY"--but give me "comfort food" any day of the week!! Funny post!

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Marty J. Christopher said...

I hate the word panties. Not in the sense of "Don't get your panties in a bunch!" but rather, "I just bought two new pairs of panties." Ugh. I just shivered a bit.

When I was in grad school, I got really annoyed by this kid who used "dichotomy" all the time. Learn a new word, guy!

Alex said...

"Hipster," obviously. But there is no other word for it, and sorry people, it IS a type. (PS--It's so weird to see this list on my wife's blog, all these years later. I was on staff at New York Magazine under Kurt, and that very memo hung over my desk for two years. It's burned into my memory).

Kristina said...

Hate the word boobs. It sounds so disrespectful.

I'm also bugged by made-up words like ginormous.

"Moist" doesn't bother me at all. Like Jodi, it reminds me of chocolate cake or gooey brownies.

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