Monday, May 4, 2009


So, I have sprayed hairspray and carpet cleaner, rubbed hand sanitizer and nail polish remover and toothpaste, and tried the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.  Google has failed me.  While the pretty angel on my purse is now lighter, she is still in existence.  Before I go the brooch route, I may just try the “cross my fingers and hope the Target by my in-laws house still carries my purse” route.  We’ll be there eventually this weekend and I need to make some returns at Old Navy and Ann Taylor (because I’m officially giving up on online shopping), so I could swing by and check it out.

Transitioning now.  I make my students keep a list of transitions and learn to use them all properly.  Transitioning now is strangely not on the list.  Anyway, I like words.  I like them a lot.  It’s probably why I was an English major.  And am an English teacher.  I’m a big fan of words.  I try to fit as many of them as possible into my day.  Sometimes I have to consciously slow down when I see a look of bewilderment on the faces of those to whom I am speaking.  Sometimes I have to consciously change the words I am using, because the people I talk to the most (the 15 year old set) have no clue what I am saying.  Sometimes, though, I don’t like words.

In fact, there are a lot of words I don’t like.  I find more every day.  But here is a sampling of the words that really just creep me out.  Like I get a chill down my spine and a feeling of distaste in my mouth.  Or I just think unkind thoughts.  Do other people do this too?  Or is it just me?

hubby—He’s my husband, thankyouverymuch.  Never refer to him as a hubby.  Disgust me.

preggo, preggers—also not cute words.  Sick me out.  Prego is a spaghetti sauce, not a term for a woman with child.  Preggers sounds like chiggers, and they bite.

Please know that if you say to me “My hubby and I are so excited to be preggers.  I just love being preggo.”  I probably won’t be able to be your friend anymore.  Unless you can get the angel off of my purse.

Moist.  I know there are others with a distaste for this word.  I have discussed it with them.  I think it’s oi sound with the s….it just sounds disgusting.

Chub, rub, club—anything that ends in –ub, basically.  It’s just a really ugly sound.

Any form of any slang word for any form of a body part. 

The phrase, “I know right”  At first, it was kind of fun.  Like the “seriously” craze of 2006.  But I learned something.  Word crazes like these are only fun and cute when you’re the one using them.  When 24 different people 4 different times a day are using a phrase, it becomes repetitive and just a little maddening.

And there are so many more.  But most are words I’ve heard recently that aren’t fit for hearing.  So tell me….does anyone have any words that bother them?  Or know of any other tricks to save my purse?


Anonymous said...

I love the word hubby and I can't wait to have one. But don't worry, I understand that I can never use it when referring to Andy...let alone in your presence.

I also really hate the word moist.

Check out the cool fake word they gave me at the bottom of this comment: defidunm.

Zach Heridia from Purdue said...

I like hubby and possibly wouldn't mind my wife (if I find someone fitting of "wifey") using it when addressing me in a tone befitting of a 1950s TV program. For example:
"Honey, I'm home."
"Oh, my dearest hubby," using her best mocking tone, "I do believe that you forgot to take out the trash this morning. And now last night's chicken bones are lodged in Ike's stomach." (Ike being the dog since all dog's in the '50s were named after either generals or presidents)

My list:
thorough and Thoreau-
Yuck. I want to "throw" things at people who use either word. Few people truly understand the complexities of Thoreau. And even fewer know the difference between through and that other word.

Unless they have to do with real estate... ya, don't use it.

many thousands of pounds or don't use it.

Yes, those are the common ones... now for the ones that are "ubercommon" or should never be uttered.

I'd rather hear lots and lots.

mundane, boring, everyday, lets learn some synonyms people.

oddly enough the only people I've ever heard use it properly worked on farms.