Words I can't bear to hear

This is the opposite of the “Words I like to say” thread. Does anybody else just cringe when they hear these words:

  • Paradigm
  • Orientalism
  • Other (used as a verb)
  • Derivitive
  • Binarism
  • Dualism
  • Dichotomy
  • Imperialist
  • Colonialist
  • Essentialist

I’m a college student so I have to hear these things all the time. I don’t necessarily have a problem with talking about these things, btw, but PLEASE at least try to use your own words.

Oh, I agree.

Paradigm is so overused, and I don’t think most people really even know the definition.

(and no, I’m not telling you. you’re smart, look it up)

It just sounds so … I don’t know but I just don’t like it!

Silver Fire would like to add: irregardless.
Hi Silver! :wink:

“Overrated” STOP SAYING THIS FUCKING WORD! And yes, the word “overrated” actually fucks. Wierd huh?

“Irregardless” is not a word, unlike the others.

I’m having a blonde moment. Can I have an example?

Hello, Rasa. :smiley:

I agree with Trixie on “overrated”. Taken from #straightdope.

<sk8rix> ugh karynn, please dont ever say anything is overrated in front of me
<slvrfire> Trixie, you’re overrated.
<slvrfire> :slight_smile:
<slvrfire> ::d&r::
<sk8rix> there was this girl in my art class last year, and everything that popped up in conversation was overrated
<sk8rix> Getting you liscense is SO overrated
<sk8rix> Going to college is SO overrated
<sk8rix> Living is So overrated
<slvrfire> LOL
<slvrfire> The internet really is SO overrated. :wink:
<sk8rix> Getting good grades is SO overrated
<slvrfire> This chatroom is overrated.
<slvrfire> Life is overrated.
<sk8rix> Canine ass licking is SO overrated
<slvrfire> Being overrated is overrated.
<slvrfire> ROFL !!!
<sk8rix> OMG I told her that being overrated is SO overrated
<sk8rix> she shut up after that


One phrase I hate, which I hear over and over again during NFL telecasts:

“That was a very key play.”

Argh. Either something is “key” or it isn’t. It’s like being “unique” or being “pregnant” – nothing can be “slightly key” or “very key” or “partially key”.

Back in the '80’s, sportcasters completely wore the word “momentum”. My boss uses the word “actually” WAAAAYYYYY too much.

Words I don’t want to hear?
“License and registration, please.”

I am sick of hearing:

touch base
do lunch

I hate the word cunt.

It makes my toes curl…yuck.

Also…zeitgiest (sp?) I kind of know what it means, but I have never actually encountered it in anything I’ve ever read or heard (and I read a lot).

Minus the c-word, these are words that people use to make themselves seem smart. I always dangle them in my essays, along with “totalitarianism,” “zenith,” “Halcyon,” and “crux.”

I always get A’s. :slight_smile:

The word “so” used instead of “very,” or used in places where an intensifier is inappropriate:

“I am SO going out to the club tonight!”

Any use of a noun as a verb or a verb as a noun. E.g. “to bobdole”. Exception noted for common participles.

I hate it with a passion whenever teachers say that they’re “facilitators”. YOU’RE A FRICKING TEACHER. Educator. Whatever.

Come to think of it, the word in any context is annoying.

“Proactive” The road to hell is paved with words like these.



IMMEDIATE gag reflex.

Definition: Other (vb)- To categorize a person or group of persons in such a way that the person or persons are seen as alien or unapproachable. Example: “Do we find that the filmmaker is ‘othering’ the arabs?” (actual quote from one of my professors)

Fear- I forgot about proactive. There’s a Simpsons quote that goes like this:

Krusty: So he’s proactive, huh?

Lady: Oh, God, yes. We’re talking about a totally outrageous paradigm.

Writer: Excuse me, but “proactive” and “paradigm”? Aren’t these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? [backpedaling] Not that I’m accusing you of anything like that. [pause] I’m fired, aren’t I?

Myers: Oh, yes.

I know, I know… but it still makes Silver go batshit when she hears it!

I can’t stand when you’re in a meeting and somebody uses the word “champion” in place of “lead”

“We need somebody to champion this cause.”