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    Words You Hate

    I thought of this thread after seeing an episode of How I Met Your Mother, where Lily tells her friends she hates the word 'moist'. It squicks her out. What words do you hate?



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    Any bolded or italicized word in a textbook.
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    "utilize"

    Also, "gift" used as a verb.

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    The large amount of hyphenated words.

    As far as nouns are concerned--why not allow for compound nouns?

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    Organic when used to describe food. All food (barring some minerals like salt) is organic. All food is organically-grown. That's how food grows -- organically.
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    There are no bad words, only bad uses of those words.

    Or something.

    I don't know, I can't think of any words I hate. There are a few I like more than average though.
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    Yummy.

    I don't know why, but it just . . . no.
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    Gurgling.

    I don't like the sound of the word, nor the actually gurgling.

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    words that have extra or different letters that mysteriously appear in pronunciation: chimBley, realAtor, nucUlar . . .

    And then there's that popular breed of dog, the ROCKwilDer.
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    Balk or caulk or anything that sounds like that.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J Carlson View Post
    Organic when used to describe food. All food (barring some minerals like salt) is organic. All food is organically-grown. That's how food grows -- organically.
    Dunno. Have you considered the McNugget? Or the McRib?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J Carlson View Post
    Organic when used to describe food. All food (barring some minerals like salt) is organic. All food is organically-grown. That's how food grows -- organically.
    It all depends on how you are defining organic, but I get your point. Perhaps organic wasn't the most accurate word to describe food that is not grown using artificial pesticides, but I personally love seeing the organic label on food. I won't buy anything else.

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    Proactive angers me greatly. I'm fairly certain it's a tautology if one stops and thinks about it, too. Pretty much any term invented in a board room should be banished as well.
    There was a word on the news this morning that really riled me up, but I can't remember what it was now I could actually put it to use...

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    1. hate

    2. hatred

    3. four-letter words (when used for no obvious reason)

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    I know it's already been taken .... but "moist."
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    Quote Originally Posted by thepicpic View Post
    Proactive angers me greatly. I'm fairly certain it's a tautology if one stops and thinks about it, too. Pretty much any term invented in a board room should be banished as well.
    They need to be proactive and put aside their interpersonal differences and develop a new paradigm to find a solution to the Fiscal Cliff, irregardless of which side they're invested in. At the end of the day this will enable us to move forward towards a new synergy.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger J Carlson View Post
    All food is organically-grown. That's how food grows -- organically.
    Organisms act when getting in contact with soil. Dutch tomatoes react to fertiliser solution--hardly organic, is it?

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    I don't hate them, but words which have special characters for no reason other than visual appearance really, really annoy me - and it is a pain in the ass to go hunt for the code to get those characters to show up correctly.

    And any words which appear more than a dozen times in a small amount of space, as they tend to lose all meaning. Transcribing those blurbs makes my head feel as if it going to explode.
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    Quote Originally Posted by srgalactica View Post
    It squicks her out. What words do you hate?
    I know this thread is about words we hate but I just have to say that SQUICKS is a word I love.

    I'm with Cliff Face. Can't get up a hatred of words, just the use of them. Like. I can't stand the word 'like' popping up every third word in a conversation

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineA View Post
    I know this thread is about words we hate but I just have to say that SQUICKS is a word I love.

    I'm with Cliff Face. Can't get up a hatred of words, just the use of them. Like. I can't stand the word 'like' popping up every third word in a conversation
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