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Words That Drive Me Crazy

Thu, Feb 3, 2011

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There are certain words in the English language that make me cringe. I don’t know why. I have never been verbally abused using any of them, they just give me chills up my back when I hear them. I want to run away or, at the very least, leave the room where said word is being, well, said. For example:

Moist. Just typing it gave me chills. It just sounds gooey.

Nipple. Maybe it’s the p’s in the middle but this is a creepy word to me. And what is up with calling the baby bottle top a nipple. Sorry, I don’t want any random nipple in my child’s mouth- just mine and only until they are like 8 months old because any longer and it resembles a snausage and I am not sure what is worse, the word nipple or the word snausage referring to the appearance of a nipple.

Salve. I think it’s the v. Yes, I’m sure of it. The v is the problem with this word. I have nothing, generally, against v’s but in this word it just seems as if you can’t just let go of the v when you are done saying the word. The v lingers or an imaginary a has to be placed at the end just to chop it off or it will go on forever.

Bejewled. I think it sounds arrogant, like you have to say it with a snotty, uppity accent. “Chaaarles, fetch me my bejewled clutch, I just must have it for my weekend at Martha’s Vineyard with the Rothchild’s”

Caca. Call it poop. Caca sound dirty. Yes, poop is dirty, but caca also makes it sound messy and much harder to wipe up than just regular ‘ol poop.

Titillate. Okay, just shut up if you use this word.

There are many others, as you can imagine, but I figured I would end this list with the one word Danny doesn’t like:

Taut. I will have to ask him exactly why he doesn’t like it. I just know that when I use it, he does the shiver and shake move like if he doesn’t shake it off, it (whatever “it” is) will get all over him.

What words drive you crazy?

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10 Comments For This Post

  1. Nick Love Says:

    “Succulent” when describing shrimp. Everyone uses it. It’s just lazy!

  2. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    That is a good one, Nick. Overused. It is also had a “moist” flare to it. Like gluttonous individuals who don’t wipe their mouths when they eat and have butter dripping down their chins. Eww. And yes, that is what I think of when I read that word.

  3. Julia Harris Says:

    Phlegm. Makes me gag just saying it. Which is probably why my kids have taken to calling me Phlegm. Mom, Mem, Phlegm — that’s how it came to be, and also they see me almost lose my cookies every time my husband hawks up a big one. Eeeeeyuck.

  4. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    Julia, your kids are as funny as you, it appears. Yes, a big loogie (another gross word) does make me gag too.

  5. angie Says:

    Smörgåsbord. Not appetizing at all.

  6. angie Says:

    ha just realized you did say english language, but maybe that’s the problem! we just shouldn’t use that word, it’s only allowed in Sweden.

  7. Ricardo Says:

    I can’t stand “EPIC”
    Way over used!

  8. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    @angie, no I think smorgasbord with or without the little thingy’s on top is fair game. I agree tho, not a pleasant word to say. It also makes me think of overindulgence and gluttony.

    @ricardo, totally agree. Epic to me is like using lol in texting. Not only way overused but misused.

  9. Amanda Q Says:

    Giggle. It gets stuck in my throat. PS, very funny post!!

  10. Lori Zimbardi Says:

    Thanks Amanda. I think giggle is a cute word, just like you!!!

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