Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Words I LOVE to Hate!!!


IRREGARDLESS - In case you didn't know - this is a MADE-UP word. Yes - after years of plebs using this word incorrectly, it has finally made it's way into the dictionary as an acceptable form of "Regardless". (An outrage!!!) This word is a Double-Negative, not to mention Completely Pointless Word. Think about it...If to be "without any regard" is Regardless, than what is "Ir-regardless"? To be with "regard"? Isn't that just "Regard"??? What the H-e-double-hockey-sticks is that?

PISSED - as long as I can remember, I have HATED this word. I won't lie and say that I have NEVER used it. But I can probably count on one hand the number of times I have done so. Someone did recently point out to me, however, that it is better to be "pissed off" than "pissed on". Nice.

COLON - The one thing I HATE about this word is it's homonymous usage. We all know that the Colon is part of the anatomy that serves as the "storage unit" for solid waste. (ooops, sorry! Hope you weren't in the middle of dinner.) But a colon is also a punctuation mark consisting of two equally sized dots centered on the same vertical line. So, here's a question for all of you Doctors & Nurses out there... If a patient has a Colectomy, is he then left with a Semi-Colon? (I am sorry! I know - I am horrible. But, I couldn't resist!)

MASTICATE - I HATE this word. The only reason anyone has for using this word is cuz they purposely want others to "mis-hear" them and think another word was used in its place. They think they are funny and clever. Just say "chew" - it'll be better for all of us.

SEAMEN - Not that I hate Seamen - the men who work out at sea. However, as a teenager a Men's Choir sang in church one Sunday, singing #335 from our Hymnal, "Brightly Beams Our Father's Mercy". The second verse says, "Let the lower lights be burning;Send a gleam across the wave.Some poor fainting, struggling seaman You may rescue, you may save." I just couldn't figure out why they were singing about some guy's struggling semen. (She didn't!) [Sorry, I did! - Hey! How was I supposed to know???]

SECRETION - Though I HATE this word, I love the first part of this word..."secret" and definitely feel that any/all secretions oozing and eeping from anyone's nooks and crannies should definitely be a well-kept secret, only to be shared with a physician! Honestly, I just don't have a need to know!

COCCYX - I prefer the word "tailbone", thank you very much. I had broken mine during the labor & delivery of my first child 14 years ago and was subject to the use of this word several times; possibly enough to last me a lifetime. By the way - The term coccyx comes originally from the Greek Language and means "cuckoo", referring to the shape of a cuckoo's beak. How they came up with that, I'll never know...

As far as other Words I LOVE to HATE - well, I am not a big fan of swear words. Unfortunately in our society/media today we have become desensitized to the use of swear words. However, the one I will NEVER get used to is *the* swear word - you know the one to which I am referring. I even hate substitutes for it - effin', frickin' or friggin'. My kids know if they use any form of those they are in for it, Big Time.

My kids, do however call me on my use of the word "Freakin". This word does NOT bother me, I tell them, because of the meaning of base word, "freak": noun 1. any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration. 2. a sudden and apparently causeless change or turn of events, the mind, etc.; an apparently capricious notion, occurrence, etc.: That kind of sudden storm is a freak. 3. Archaic. capriciousness; whimsicality. So, see it works...Something can be Freakin' Funny or Freakin' Dumb, etc.

What are some words you Love to Hate??? C'mon - share! It would be Freakin' Awesome!

15 comments:

Nikki said...

hey i love your blog...i'm nikki...you should check out my blogs...by the way youre pretty :-) i know thats a little weird but i thought i would throw that in...lol i'm fifteen and i live in texas...youre from utah...just out of curiousity, are you a mormon? cause i am.

hollibilly said...

I hate the words "supper" and "folks". It is even worse when someone says "Let's have supper, folks!" Yep. That's about it.

Blog Stalker said...

As usual I love your post. I am another person who hates when people use Irregardless. I am also outraged they would put it in the dictionary.

It is not a word but I can not stand when people use the line" I could care less." If they could care less than what your saying is that I care but I could care less. If you say I couldn't care less then you are correctly expressing your level of caring as the lest ammount of caring for you possible on the subject in question.

Anyway, liked the post.

Blog Stalker said...

I meant Least! geez I can't spell at all

EmmaP said...

oh... Blogstalker, you crack me up!!! BTW, I have a list of about 100 words that people mispronouce too!!! We'll have to compare notes sometime.

I'm gonna remember that "I could care less" bit. The next time someone says that to me, I think I am actually going to use your reply: "So, what you're saying is that you care, but you could Care less!

Too Funny!

Tulsi said...

This was to funny!!! My 14 year old thinks that the word NO should be removed from all languages. In her preschool class she made that announcement, and still does. I told her Paris Hilton may have never heard the word no. Shapes her right up. My son at Basic Training said there are great guys there, but he loves to go to church so he can get away from some of the language. The big two being G*&, and F$%&. I will turn my oldest daughter onto this entry. She will love it. Words like Squat and such she really wonders how they began. Funny entry!!

Megs said...

loved this post emma! i too hate the word piss. its awful. I also hate it when people misuse the word magnaminous. it means merciful but everyone thinks it means magnificent. listen for it at church.

Ashley said...

I just found your blog and think this is too funny!! I have a lot of grammar irks but haven't really thought about words much.

Puphigirl said...

I hate when people say warsh for wash, pellow for pillow and melk for milk. But I understand that it is an accent thing.

I don't so much hate certain words, but how people say and use them.

At one daycare that my children attended, I would hear the workers say, "Aw, is hims hurt?" or "Hers has a new dress." I've also had coworkers say, "have came" or "I seen it" People do not seem know how to use helping verbs or the correct past tense of verbs.

Puphigirl said...

Kyle prefers the term 'heart attack' to angina. His reasoning is simmilar to Emma's use of masticate.

Ruthykins said...

this freakin' post made me lol out loud. derek called and i answered the phone laughing. he told me to go into labor, irregardless of how that would affect your visit later this week.

Tulsi said...

I have to say I am totally with you on Country Music being an oxymoron. Although, the Patriotic ones are good. My husband is in Collin Raye's Video a Soldier's Prayer. I'm definitely not one who cares about who's cheating who with which type of truck at what kind of bar.

Other words that bug me, of which I quickly correct the particular person trying to bug me are crick for creek, ruf for roof. Those types of things.

greenolive said...

This is the thing. I wish that I could have you around all the time to help me speak the english language correctly because I know that I'm grammatically and vocabularily(nice) challenged. I think the last time we talked about this I learned a couple of things. So I know I need the help. Maybe you could post a list of common errors for people like me who have so much to learn. Plus it's funny. Or just email it to me. Whatever.

RhondaLue said...

I hate it when people say (or worse, type it out to burn my eyes when I have to keep reading it!)things like, "I would OF gone but I was busy."

Umm no. Unacceptable. It's a contraction of WOULD and HAVE making it would've not would OF. Some people should have been held back in the 2nd grade for sure!

Also, I admit to making plenty of errors when making comments but there's one family member in particular that sounds like she should never have graduated high school. Oh wait, that's right, she didn't!! She writes things like, "I wish you would OF ROAD with us on the way back from Utah" and she puts extra letters in every word that she can like, pity is PITTY. and fun is FUNN. If it wasn't so stinking irritating it would be hysterical!

Du Webb Family said...

I had a guy in my college U.S. History class who's name was Colin. For the first 3 or 4 days of class the teacher called out, "colon". The guy did appreciate it much.