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Tuesday, January 3. 2023
There is a list of words that make me cringe. I can't think of them now, but generally they seem to be inflated or pretentious. Here's a few:
- curate (it means pick and choose)
What words make you cringe?
Posted by The Barrister in The Culture, "Culture," Pop Culture and Recreation at 13:06 | Comments (51) | Trackbacks (0)
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In the context of business communication
"Deserve." Used in ads, such as the recent Medicare supplement ads.
"I called the number to get what I deserve."
Yeah, you'd better hope you don't lady.
I'm still fighting old wars: struggling against "awesome," "issues," and "massive" as an indicator of size instead of density
Diversity equity inclusion multiculturalism micro-aggression cultural enrichment historical debt white privilege reparations hate speech racism racist white supremacist climate change speed of science
"At the end of the day"
"won't you please help by sending $11 a month to..."
First time I've ever seen this.
Googled it, but maybe real meaning is a little more pejorative,
Tactical: This word is everywhere in outdoor publications, advertising, product descriptions, ad nauseam. I haven't seen tactical underwear yet but I'll bet it's out there. I'll check my Cabelas catalogue....
Classic: One of the most overused, meaningless words in the past 50 years. May have started with Coke Classic.
The phrase I hate the most: “raise awareness of”.
We’re aware, trust me.
We-I-They "reached out"
& "tactical" as stated above - and there is "most assuredly" tactical underwear easily found on the innertube
Powerful, as in that was a powerful speech.
Feelings, the misuse of which is mind boggling.
Saddened, as in, everyone is saddened that George's hangnail was so painful.
Two words, scientists agree, polls confirm, everyone knows.
artisanal, authentic, home-made, original, old-fashioned, herb-crusted, hand-rubbed
Omnibus and Comprehensive
Social justice (in fact, any modifier that's put in front of justice)
He/him (or any reference to what a person's pronouns are. if we can't figure it out ourselves, you're the one with the problem)
Bill and Monica "share" a child (like what? for dinner?)
Equity (unless it's applied to a stock or how much of my house i own)
Any word used as a modifier for "unique", as in:
- "...more unique than..."
- "...somewhat unique..."
A thing is either unique, or it is not. Much like "a little bit pregnant".
Impact as a verb
Grow as a transitive verb; as in "raise."
Gift as a verb.
I'm with Capt Craig on "enervate." Grrr....
Agreed on these -- and more generally, all terms in what I call Business English.
multicultural... a sure sign that the melting pot is obsolete along with behavior.
Agree that 'utilize' is offender #1. I prefer to use rather than utilize anything. As Mark Twain always said "Never use a big word when a diminutive one will do."
The entire compendium of AP's style book/copy book and every word uttered by an NPR drone.
Heck, I'm so old I still get an involuntary eye-twitch when I hear the word "literally" used as a synonym for "figuratively" even though that fight has been lost for 20 years at least.
A made-up word: 'impactful.' It isn't a word. 'Effective' is what is meant. The misuse of 'impact' rather than 'effect' is agonizing.
Also, the confusion of "effect" for "affect" and vice-versa.
As well as "insure" and "ensure", "principle" and "principal", "disinterested" and "uninterested", and "capital" and "capitol".
People who make these errors in writing are advertising the fact that they haven't read very much.
'Hone' in on an objective. What, are you going to sharpen its edge? Home in on it.
'Terrifying' anything - are we all supposed to be scared of our shadows?
I despise the word penis. Sounds like shattered glass. Sounds like trash and something broken busted and worthless. Say DICK and get real.
"Surreal." Especially when actors (over)use it to describe pretty much everything.
Icon and iconic
Every stupid product has to be an icon if it is recognizable, that applies to celebrities as well
"Community" since I just know a fact free over generalization for political leverage is coming next.
"Orientate" for "orient." Right up there with utilize.
"Passed" for "died."
"The _ space" for a cognitive or managerial area.
"Curate" is one of those words that hipsters ruined.
Women who describe other ordinary women as "amazing."
I think Martha Stewart started this nonsense.
From Ol' Remus. RIP
Words they use when you are being lied to.
a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
at some level
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
giving voice to
growing support for
high capacity magazine
investing in our future
making a difference
making bad choices
mounting opposition to
not value neutral
not who we are
off our streets
on some level
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poor and minorities
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
research tells us
sends a message
speaking truth to power
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
war on ...
"Woke" and "be" (instead of "is" or "was").
With on the order of 10E^5 words in the English language, there is never a reason to resort to black ghetto dialect in speech or writing.
Also, from corporate-speak:
Actionable (instead of feasible)-- another fake word
Synergies-- refers to layoffs after a merger or acquisition
Vision-- short for "vague wish-list"
Diversity-- a policy of anti-white prejudice
And let's not forget "irregardless".
"on a going forward basis"
"and I" vs "and me" or vice versa
"the science has spoken"
"purchase" = buy
"navigate" = learn the way / figure out
And maybe y'all can help me: What's the real word for "random"? I met a random stranger, a random song came on...no, it was not "random"...
"challenge" used as a noun, meaning contest of the stupid
When people use "in spite of..." when "despite" is what would be correct. But the all-time worst: "could care less" instead of "couldn't care less".
"Tons" when used to express quantity instead of weight.
As in "they have tons of items!"
They mean a lot, not 2000 pounds of items!
"no worries" instead of "you're welcome"
orientate (it means to orient)
competency (it means competence)
and all their derived forms.
My favorite was a ballot argument by a candidate for school board in which he used both these so-called words, thus showing his incompetence.