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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Risita » Fri Mar 21, 2008 4:39 pm UTC

armorsmith42 wrote:The phrase "to make out"

This seems so idiomatic and non-understandable from its constituent words.
There should be one word for it. And "to snog" is just malphonic.


"Make out" doesn't bother me. What does sound awful are words like "necking" and "heavy petting" - the types of words that parents use when yelling at teenagers for making out.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Fat Tony » Fri Mar 21, 2008 6:47 pm UTC

Quite possibly the worst phrase in existence to describe an interaction between two individuals each of the opposite's preferred gender: "Hook up".
Examples:
"He hooked up with that chick last night."
"They've been hooking up all evening."
"I wish I could hook up with her."
Pretty much the only reasonable use would be to say, "I could hook you up with ____," as that makes perfect sense. What the crap does the other definition mean? You don't know? That's because there isn't one! He hooked up with her. Did he just meet her for the first time? Did they have an intelligent conversation? Were they kissing? Did she take her shirt off? What the crap?
It means nothing! That's like saying, "You know that one dude? He was doin' that thing with the other one, then they did some more stuff, know what I'm sayin'?"
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Vellyr » Sat Mar 22, 2008 3:56 pm UTC

Something that's really been bothering me lately is whenever I hear the word "shorty" in a rap or hip/hop song. It sounds like something you would call a kid. Aside from the obviously sexist and derogatory implications, it makes me feel like there's pedophilia going on, due to the context that it's usually used in. A lot of rap vocabulary is mildly annoying, but this word really disgusts me.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Kewangji » Sat Mar 22, 2008 8:50 pm UTC

Lumpy wrote:Any word invented to make fun of mainstream stupidity as an exaggeration that itself becomes adopted by the people they parody, at first so that they're in on the "joke" and then it just becomes a substitute for the original word, like "lulz."

I think nazi is a word like that. Atleast according to that movie I saw once.

In other words, don't worry, in a number of years everybody will be saying lulz instead of laughing and people will die before their time because they didn't laugh and extend their lives.

Lulz!

Edit: Oh, and I don't like the phrase 'what the crap'.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby liza » Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:31 pm UTC

No, Nazi is a shortened version of Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei, or the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

"Big Bang Theory" is almost another example of a lulz-esque situation, but that was adopted in more of an ironic spirit.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Fat Tony » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:38 pm UTC

Neologism. There's nothing wrong with the look/sound/feel of the word itself, but it's a horrible word. What the crap makes something a neologism? It's not a neologism; it's a freaking word! Just a termed was coined somewhat recently doesn't make it any different than one that's been around for a thousand years.

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Kewangji wrote:Edit: Oh, and I don't like the phrase 'what the crap'.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby liza » Sat Mar 22, 2008 10:56 pm UTC

Fat Tony wrote:What the crap makes something a neologism? It's not a neologism; it's a freaking word!

Surely you can see the advantage in linguistics for having a term for a new word? New words are discussed all the time. It's nice to have a word for that instead of having to use "new word" all the time. No one is saying that neologisms are not words: they're simply words that have been coined recently.
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Postby Fat Tony » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:02 pm UTC

When would you ever need to refer to something as a "new word"? I mean, why don't you just call it a word?
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Postby liza » Sat Mar 22, 2008 11:15 pm UTC

When discussing the difference between new and old words. One could point out that while "satisfactory" will likely be in our lexicon for generations to come, copacetic is far less likely to survive. Why? Because it's a neologism and is thus less ingrained in most people's vocabularies.

Here, gmalivuk talks about chickens being a new word to contrast with the now-archaic "cicenu" to prove a point about the evolution of language. As an example.

I'd say discussion about new words happens fairly regularly in linguistic studies, particularly about the evolution of language.
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Postby Quixotess » Sun Mar 23, 2008 7:25 am UTC

Kewanji wrote:Edit: Oh, and I don't like the phrase 'what the crap'.
Aw, really? I kind of enjoy using it ironically.

This probably reflects on my utter lack of culture, but a lot of British terms get on my nerves. Like "sweeties" for candy. I don't know why it bugs me. It just does.

Also, "obliged" is English's ugliest word as far as I'm concerned.

I hate the word "platonic" because I can never remember whether it's means "sexual" or "not sexual."
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby stevekl » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:13 pm UTC

Utilize annoys me. Why not just use use?

I first learned how to edit as a word processor for a mortgage banker, of all places -- the CEO hated blather and puffery and insisted that all the letters that the word processors transcribed via DictaPhone be severely edited. (Yeah, no one in the company had a desktop--they dictated their letters into a DictaPhone. I'm old.)

In the event that becomes if. At such time as becomes When. And so forth. It made me a great copy editor. I can deal with pretty much anything, but utilize gets under my skin like a chigger.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby elitesocks » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:41 am UTC

Loaf.

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Postby parthenos » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:06 pm UTC

Yellow. It makes me go "ick". I like craft though, I like the way the letters go together. It's weird what I notice, in movies it's the clothes and in books it's the way the actual letters in the words go together. c-r-a-f-t craft. say it and feel it on your tongue, it's one of the weirdest words I've noticed recently. Tongue.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby windshrike » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:34 pm UTC

Big. I don't know why but any rudimentary way of saying anything annoys me.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Felstaff » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:43 pm UTC

Actioned.

Created by office imbeciles who think 'implemented' is not a snappy enough word.

Operationalised.

Created by office imbeciles who think 'go' is too snappy a word.

Leveraged. Onboarding. Synergised. The list of business idiocies is endless.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby parthenos » Wed Mar 26, 2008 12:33 pm UTC

Death to the cubicle dialect. If you have to pad it with crap like that, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Zafsk » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:58 am UTC

Juxtaposition... I hate that word. Pains me. People insert it in papers randomly to sound smarter than they actually are. How hard is it to say side by side. What a dumb word.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby AdamV » Fri Mar 28, 2008 11:14 am UTC

I like "juxtaposition" - it's a slightly jarring word which mirrors the jarring nature of its meaning. A photo of a fluffy kitten on a street where a car bomb just went off juxtaposes the gentle fragility of an innocent creature with the horrors of man-made death and destruction.
I don't think it does it justice to say the kitten is shown "side by side" with the bleeding corpses.

As for use and utilis/ze: My understanding is that you use something for its intended purpose, whereas you utilise something by making it utile or useful, pressed into service for something other than its original usage. I can use a screwdriver for putting in a screw, or I can utilise a rock to do the same job less effectively. The rock did not have much use, but was made utile by my utilisation of it.

See also: Marketing obfuscation minimises clarity of message delivery vector

I hate "franergistically" and "explodicious" because no-one ever seems to understand me when I utilise them </irony>
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby parthenos » Fri Mar 28, 2008 1:25 pm UTC

I cannot sing the word hardware. This is ANNOYING, as it is features in my favorite song ever (A New England).
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Fat Tony » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:04 am UTC

I hate when people use "transition" as a verb. Whether or not this is even English, I'm not sure, but it really annoys me. There's nothing wrong with making a transition, but you don't transition from one method to another.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby liza » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:29 am UTC

Are you implying that it is incorrect? Because it is a valid use of the word, according to the Almighty Dictionary.
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Postby Fat Tony » Wed Apr 02, 2008 1:45 am UTC

I said I wasn't sure whether or not it was correct, but either way, It's a hideous use of the word.
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Postby Felstaff » Wed Apr 02, 2008 12:10 pm UTC

Holy fuck on a pointed stick. A new one has just cropped up in a email I received. "Operationalisation". A further idiologism which is further derived from my disgust at the crass word operationalise. Stop making up stupid words, you cube monkeys! Honestly, I think some of these people are responsible for my akathisia, which is in itself an annoying word.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Fat Tony » Wed Apr 02, 2008 7:10 pm UTC

Felstaff wrote:Holy fuck on a pointed stick. A new one has just cropped up in a email I received. "Operationalisation". A further idiologism which is further derived from my disgust at the crass word operationalise. Stop making up stupid words, you cube monkeys! Honestly, I think some of these people are responsible for my akathisia, which is in itself an annoying word.

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Postby titanicdaze » Sun Apr 06, 2008 3:20 pm UTC

Gawd, I HAAAAATTTEEE "guesstimate."

Really, why not just give me a paper cut under my thumbnail? At least that way I can wince without people looking at me funny.

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Postby cyberia » Mon Apr 07, 2008 2:50 pm UTC

The words that get under my skin tend to be slang used by my friends such as 'boff' for vomit or 'gank' for steal.

One of my friends also has a tendency to add the word 'berry' onto the end of other words; for instance someone who got drunk and vomited would be a 'boff-berry'. This makes me want to gouge out my own eyeballs.

I also hate how people can't use one word for one thing. Nobody just says 'drunk', they have to constantly cycle between 'smashed', 'wrecked', 'pissed', 'off my face', etc. Same with slang for drugs, nobody just says 'dope', they have to try out at least 20 different synonyms per conversation. It drives me mental.

I also hate redundancies in language like: 'I sent the form out' instead of 'I sent the form'.

Another big hatred is the phrase 'are you serious?' used when someone has been told something very serious. At work I quite often have to tell people surprising or unexpected things and the conversation always goes like this:

Me - "Are you aware that there is currently a warrant for your arrest on our system?"
Them - "Are you serious?"

What am I meant to say? 'Nah, just joking, mate!'? I understand some people are slow and take time to process information but that's no reason to question the veracity of the data I'm providing.
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Postby gnat » Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:12 pm UTC

It's mentioned earlier, but I cannot stand it when people over-use the word "random", and use it incorrectly. It's a perfectly acceptable word as it is, but the way people use it just drives me insane. Argh!

Also, I rather like "moist" for its sexual implications. It's a fun word.

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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Felstaff » Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:38 pm UTC

Rogue.

Simply because I've seen it misspelled more often than I've actually seen it spelt correctly.

Spelt.

Because it should be spelt spelled, really. But, who's gonna argue with Shakespeare.

Tongue.

For the same reason as rogue.
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Postby audioMIME » Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:27 pm UTC

IronyandParadox wrote:
I've never been a fan of the word "thus." Using it makes you sound like a pompous ass.


A classmate of mine asked me to edit something of hers about a month ago, (she'd written a paper [english class] arguing that Satan was worthier of praise in Milton's Paradise Lost than God). She used "thusly" every two seconds, I ordered her to redo it and make sure her next version wouldn't so swiftly make her professor's eyes bleed. The next day she gave me a revised edition almost identical to the original, "thusly"s intact and mercilessly undeleted. I ended up rewriting the majority of it because I wouldn't have been able to stand reading a second revision with such fluffy, page-long paragraphs... yeah, that, aaaaand I loved her topic way too much to lay off. *chuckles nostalgically*
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Adonis1x23 » Sat Apr 12, 2008 2:57 am UTC

Bra


The word has always irked me. It just does not sound right. It is so open ended; 'ahhh' should not be a way to end any noun--unless you talking about the sound a sheep makes. That, along with the awkward length of the word, just make it rather annoying and kills any sentence it is used in.

It is on the same level as 'moist,' to me.

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Postby anterovipunen » Sun Apr 13, 2008 5:54 pm UTC

mandalynn wrote:"Chillax" makes me want to stab people.


I will fight you! that's no lie... chillax is awesome. chillaxable times, chillaxability, chillaxification :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Annoying words

Postby steewi » Mon Apr 14, 2008 5:14 am UTC

audioMIME wrote:Slightly O.T.:
I don't think languages need synonyms at all; what say you?


Depending on what semantic theory you subscribe to, you could easily say that there are very few, if any synonyms. There are many words that have very similar meanings, but will have contextual uses and nuances that differentiate them. Of course, for most purposes, they are synonyms, but not true ones.

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Postby ZLVT » Mon Apr 14, 2008 10:15 am UTC

It's only net-speak but "lol" is abhorrent to my eyes
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Postby Kewangji » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:08 pm UTC

liza wrote:No, Nazi is a shortened version of Nationalsozialistische deutsche Arbeiter-Partei, or the National Socialist German Workers' Party.

"Big Bang Theory" is almost another example of a lulz-esque situation, but that was adopted in more of an ironic spirit.
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Postby vqcg » Mon Apr 14, 2008 7:22 pm UTC

I hate when people use "literally" to add emphasis to sentences where the meaning is very clearly NOT literal. We started adding that word into sentences to distinguish between figurative and literal exclaimations! You're reversing all that hard work!
"My head literally exploded!"
"I'm literally going to die!"
"I'm leaving right now. Literally!"
uhm no.

Another similar one is "vintage". When retro clothing and the like became fashionable again fairly recently, I saw "vintage" become a lot more common to seperate real old stuff from new old (looking) stuff. Good call; we needed that word. But soon after, old-look stuff that is newly manufactured started describing itself as "vintage look" or even just "vintage". Aaaah! :cry:
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby JET73L » Mon Apr 21, 2008 12:50 am UTC

This thread is perfect.

I hate the word blog (it sounds as stupid as most "web logs" are)
I hate the word blag (it makes me feel like I('m going to cough up a hairball. Say it out loud slowly and you see what I mean.)
I like the word epitome, it flows well, even though it is pronounced in a strange way.
I hate all "cute-i-fied" words (like "panties" or "tightie whioties" I always just use shorts or underwear for all pant-based underwear, and as for "potty" I had to actually train my mom out of saying it when my sioster was a little kid)
I hate when people make words into adverbs by adding "-ify" and yes I know I used that word earlier, I'm talking about when people are not being sarcastic.
I likie not the word barf itself (it sounds annoying), but the fact that saying barf makes it look like you are going to barf.
I like the word thus, it is useful.
I hate the word thusly, if it is an actual word, it is overused and probably not used in the proper context.
I hate the word supercalifragilisticexpealidocious simply because everyone else likes it for the wrong reasons, as well as the fact that nobody actually uses it properly (to quote the movie, "it's a word for you to say when you don;t know what to say.")
I like some metasyntactic variables and dislike others, and my like or dislike of the may change depending if they are written or spoken (I like wossname when written, but not spoken, and whaddayacallit is easily said but looks overly mechanical when written.) and it annoys me somewhat when people use the wrong metasyntactic variables for the wrong word type (for example, a whodoyacallit for a wrench,which would properly be a whaddayacallit.) and I hate when people use words that name actual objects such as sprocket as such variable words, when they actually don;t mean a sprocket, but some other object.
I hate corporate buzzwords. all of them. Especially ones that are atempts at creating an "interesting" or "humorous" portmanteau, when reated by a very dull person about a subject with no humor, especially from two words that are themselves inherently dull.
The word droll causes me problems, because I find it most useful in sarcasm (oh. yes. *curl lip* how droll0, but people quite commonly assume that it actually does mean dull, ans use it so (oh, that's documentary's just going to be droll. why don;t we wsee the action film instead?), or when people sincerely mean to use droll as funny, or even amusing without being properly funny. bleah.

I may edit this later with more words I like or hate, or if more people have posted to simply add a post later.

Edit: Ah, yes. The whole thing with using words that are not literal, or removing a negative from an abbreviation (such as vintage style to vintage or shock absorbers to shocks).
I do, however, like the word manifold. When used properly, such as the word myriad (which I also like when used properly), it can be quite peotic, and it's slightly annoying but not objectionable when used for the name of the car part (I can;t remember the full name of it at the moment, it copuld be like manifold heat sink or something).
One of the things that really annoys me is the pluralization oif words improperly, especially when it's been used so many wrong ways since it was first borrowed from its original language (such as people who insist on making octopus plural like sheep instead of using octopi or whatever, that's just a random example so it's my fault if I pluralized incorrectly, if I don;t knoiw the plural form of a word, I tend to avouid having to use it as such. The real problem is when old people insist on pluralizing pokemon by adding an "s" at the end, and say that I'm wrong and butchering the english language. stupid stupid stupid, it's short for freaking pocket monsters and technically pokemon is not singular at all though it can be used as such.
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Fat Tony » Mon Apr 21, 2008 1:10 am UTC

This isn't a word, but rather a lack of word that I hate.
There is no non-vulgar yet non-childish/stupid-sounding synonym for the buttocks. For example, because "poop" is a childish/stupid-sounding word, people use "shit". That is considered vulgar, so there is also "crap", one of my favorite words. There's no crap between butt and ass (hehe), and I find this rather annoying, as I am not big on cursing (not for any particular reason, it just doesn't feel right).
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby Kewangji » Mon Apr 21, 2008 8:47 pm UTC

There's no non-vulgar, non-stupidsounding word for penis either. :(
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Re: Annoying words, and Words You Hate

Postby anyone » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:17 pm UTC

Kewangji wrote:There's no non-vulgar, non-stupidsounding word for penis either. :(


I don't know... I like to think "dick" sits nicely between "cock" and "wiener", although sometimes I say the latter just 'cause. 8)

As for words I hate, these are a few:

The adjective "baller", meaning "cool". I always thought a baller was someone who played basketball, in hip-hop slang... apparently not anymore.
"Crunk"... a blend of "crazy" and "drunk"?
All above-mentioned corporate buzzwords which I will not repeat here, because every time you use one, a newspaper editor dies.

EDIT: Come to think of it, I don't care for the word "buzzword" all that much.


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