I found this post on Jezebel about words that should be buried in the “word graveyard” to be very interesting.
Like many, I have a nasty habit of relying on a few choice words to sum up my feelings and ideas. If you read this blog regularly, or know me personally, you’ll hear my speech peppered often with classy gems like “totally,” “awesome,” “dude,” “douchebag,” and, of course, the greatest word ever invented: “f**k.” I know I do this, and yet I am loath to change my ways.
Because, really, it’s not my own speech that irritates me — it’s others’. Drop the word “irregardless” around me, and my eye starts to twitch. Tell me you are in “agreeance” with something, and I start looking around for someone better to talk to.
But maybe that’s being too picky. There are suddenly-ubiquitous words that I find way more annoying. “Cougar,” for example. Not the animal, the word used to describe an older woman who likes younger men. Can we be done with that word, please? It’s so tired. (There’s no corresponding word for a man who likes younger women, by the way, so I propose “sod,” as in Sad, Old Douchebag. I think that works well, but, as noted above, I have an affinity for the word “douchebag.”)
There’s one word I absolutely refuse to say; one that makes me want to throw things at my TV and scratch out the eyes of those who say it around me: “app.” It’s an abbreviation for “application,” I get it. Perhaps because I use my phone solely for placing calls and texting, this word irritates me more than it should, but I can’t help it: whenever I hear it come out of someone’s mouth, I instantly write him off as a giant tool, akin to one who wears his cell phone attached to his belt.
So, what say you? What word or words bring you to the brink of violence? Feel free to sound off about this, or anything that irritates you, below.