August 03, 2006

word allergies

fenugreek, a mighty nice word, Canon Digital Rebel

When you're in the world of baby names, you become acutely aware of the names that totally rub you the wrong way or that just feel wrong in your mouth. You know what I mean. The names that make you think of pharmaceuticals or new diseases.

Recently, my friend and I had a lively discussion about words and expressions that we are allergic to. For her (she is a food critic) it is "foodie." I almost used it on my site and she explained to me very passionately that she is trying to remove it from the gourmet lexicon. For me, it's the expression "pick your brain" as in "Can I pick your brain?" which to me sounds really scary and gross, or like someone wants to consume me. I am also not a fan of the word "blogosphere."

What are your word allergies?

Posted on August 3, 2006 08:59 AM

This may be high-tech specific, but I CANNOT STAND when work people say "wrapped around the axle". As in, "let's don't get all wrapped around the axle on this point. Let's move on." BLEAH!
And I FULLY second the comments on Rachel Ray's EVOO.
Bun in the oven. That is another annoying one.
And I do NOT like baby words like "pee-pee" and "tinkle" and "poo-poo" and "wee-wee" and all that garbage. Although we don't go into "vulva" and "vagina" and what-not at this point, we say "folds" which started when I was cleaning the foul diaper and backside of my daughter. She had all these skin folds and you have to get them clean. So her girl parts are called "folds". And her bottom is... well... her bottom. And when she goes to the bathroom, she "urinates".
But the most hilarious is my cousin. She taught her girls to call their vulva a "volvo". Imagine their hysterics the first time they ran across the car. My cousin reported their comment as being, "WHY WOULD THEY NAME A CAR AFTER THAT?!"

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Posted by: tayurhk ojzfcbt at August 16, 2006 10:09 PM

Wow, I had to post a comment. Uh oh, "post a comment..." maybe...
I laughed really hard when I read these words from other posts because I think that they're normal words and these people are a little picky:

and my favorite Miracle Whip

I don't think there's anything wrong with people expressing their minds, but I had to point these out because I thought they were funny.

Okay, so I have to at least mention one word that makes me laugh. Slacks. I will never be able to hear someone say that word without cracking up... "cracking up"... hmmm.

Posted by: Scott C at August 16, 2006 04:03 PM

I love this site! I have many "word & phrase allergies" - but the worst by far for me is the term "Happy Meal". Why would a meal consisting of a gazillion calories and fat grams leave anyone happy?
It should be called an " Eat it now and regret it later meal" - for accuracy sake! I have a three year old son, marketing terms and strategies have never driven me crazy like they do now - when they are aimed at innocent minds who are unable to discern truth from fiction. ( I would have used the expression sh-- from shineola - but I know it is sure to offend many of your most loyal participants!)

Jane (Yes, I am aware that is an irritating non-word!)

Posted by: Plain Jane at August 12, 2006 06:20 PM

I absolutely despise the word AWESOME! It sounds like nails on a chalkboard. People that use it, USE IT ALL THE TIME!

Posted by: Ashley at August 10, 2006 03:35 PM

also "comfort zone"

Posted by: Lisa at August 9, 2006 11:09 PM

"Think outside of the box" is so over used it is now an inside the box sort of comment.

Also even though I have very dear friends who say secretly drives me crazy. "He, she, it, they disrespected (that's the word--to the left) me"

"gold standard"

I like to say stupid head.

Posted by: Nina at August 9, 2006 01:46 PM

Please forgive me for this one, but the word I loathe more than any other is "cunt." I think it is the crudest, most offensive word one can call a woman. I go ballistic whenever I hear it. Poor grammer bothers me in general but that particular word will have me in your face almost immediately. Thanks for letting me share.

Posted by: Becky at August 9, 2006 11:43 AM

Ah, fun list! I loved reading the comments.

I'm going with "hubby" and "preggers" as my current cringe-inducing words. Mainly because I have a close friend who's pregnant and she uses both words. Repeatedly.

Oh, and it annoys me when people refer to Banana Republic as just "Banana." Ugh.

Posted by: Mary at August 8, 2006 04:20 PM


Also: "lay" when you mean "lie." Is that snobby?

Posted by: Chrissa at August 8, 2006 01:21 PM

"Trying to find myself."

Posted by: tommie at August 8, 2006 11:21 AM

there are so many posts by now that most of mine have been covered. i also HATE the word panties! who came up with this, when so many women hate it?! but my ultimate most hated word of all time (i can't believe i'm actually typing this) is BONER. that is the sickest word i've ever heard.

i also hate "want to come with?" this is such a stupid phrase.

i also hate when rachel ray says EVOO instead of extra virgin olive oil (good thinking whoever else said this!)

i hate when people misuse the word "literally" ("My mouth was literally on fire!!!") uggggh.

- pad
- tonsil
- hella (ie. hella cool)
- sick (when used in a positive way, ie. "That sports car was so sick!")

there are so many more. perhaps i shall make my own complete list ...

Posted by: Lisa at August 8, 2006 10:56 AM

"I have a lot on my plate." I cannot express the utter distaste I have for this phrase.

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Posted by: Swirly at August 7, 2006 05:56 PM

I love this entry! I couldn't agree more with the things that I'm hearing here like "nucular", "libary", "summer" as a verb, and verb, or noun form of "FART". Ugh. I can also come up with at least a thousand with no effort as all since I am CONSTANTLY dwelling on the slow demise of the English language and American society, but off the top of my head here are the first things that come to mind right this second:

*Any cute word coined by Sex and the City; such as "frenemies" (friends who secretly sabotage) or "shopaholic". Ick!

*Any cute word coined by Cosmopolitan magazine; such as "CELEB-REALITY" "CELEBUTANTE" (*cringe*) or "TANOREXIC" (which you would assume meant someone who didn't tan since anorexia is to deprive, but actually means someone who overindulges and is too tan) OH, and especially STUPID pop-culture references to celebrity couples, like "BRANGELINA" (I HATE IT I HATE IT I HATE IT!!!) "TOM-CAT" and you know that you're grasping when you try to start people saying: "VAUGHN-ISTON". Does anything sound more desperately queer than trying to get people to actually SAY Vaughn-iston??

*Speaking of Celebutantes, I'm sick of people saying "THAT'S HOT". Paris Hilton is not a role model, and trying to take somone's lame wannabe-catchphrase is not hot. Same thing with over-used annoying phrases like "TOO MUCH INFORMATION" (people actually SAY that still) or "YEAH... NOOOOOOOOO.." or "OKAY, BUH-BYE" or the newly popular "MMMMMMM-BYE". Gross!!!

*Stupid words that somehow get validated by being added to Websters after only a few years of circulation, such as BLING BLING, which has such little staying power it is now already obsolete, having been replaced by just BLING.

*Designer dog breed names (which are all immoral because playing God with other species is immoral) such as COCKAPOO, LABRADOODLE, SCHNOODLE, PUGGLE, YORKIPOO, PAPERANIAN; these names are more screwed-up than the people who find them entertaining.

*My Most-hated expression of all time (behind THAT'S HOT); "that person walks around like his/her shit don't stink". Vulgar and grammatically incorrect, eeww!

*"HIT ME UP" on Instant message. Or any random configuration of letters from Instant message that people actually SPEAK in their simplicifed acronym form: "WTF???" or "BRB!!! Awful!!

*Lastly, I've been a hairstylist for ten years: it is COWLICK, people, not CARLICK, NOT COLLICK. Cowlick!!! This one makes me crazy!

Thanks for the great post, this was fun!!!

Posted by: Ryan Zyskowski at August 7, 2006 01:09 PM

good eats, or worse, good eatz.

Posted by: sarah at August 7, 2006 10:43 AM

Proactive. I...hate...that...word. Hate it. Roll my eyes at it. I've been temping all summer and when the agency representative calls to offer me a position, she always tells me to be "proactive." I hate temping!

Posted by: Kate at August 7, 2006 08:09 AM

At the airport: Terminal Destination.

It sounds so morbid.

Posted by: Anna Kuperberg at August 6, 2006 05:48 PM

I can't stand "pedagogy." I've been studying it for years and I STILL can't pronounce it!

Posted by: Sally at August 6, 2006 04:56 PM

Expression I hate: "Let's touch base"

Posted by: Josh at August 6, 2006 02:50 PM

I can't stand hearing women refer to their periods as "Aunt Flo."

Flo is my mother-in-law's name.

Posted by: surcie at August 6, 2006 11:27 AM

reading all these has just made my day. i agree with so many of them!
i hate the word pianist.
why isn't a pianoist? why does it have to sound like a slang term for something? i actually wrote a poem about this word without using it...because of course, i could not.
another vote for moist. and crotch.
oh and anal glands. yes. you don't know what those are until the vet tells you she has to "express" your goldens anal glands. oh goodness.

hugs to you andrea! still lovin' that gorgeous picture of your belly and the light inside it.

Posted by: liz elayne at August 6, 2006 11:00 AM

When people use the word "vagina" when they really mean "vulva."

Posted by: robin at August 6, 2006 07:48 AM

so, i just stumbled here and felt compelled to share:

i'm adding another vote for 'moist' and 'panties.'


discharge (in any context)
lance (as a verb, especially, but in any context)

there are more, i'm sure. i tend to be very passionate about the english language. but those are the ones that come to mind.

Posted by: kaete at August 5, 2006 09:47 PM

another one...


hate it.

Posted by: amy at August 5, 2006 09:29 PM

Oh, this is soooo much fun!

nuculear (don't know exactly how to spell the mispronounciation of nuclear, but you'd think if you were the President of the United States, the leader of the free world for cripes sake, that you'd know how to pronounce the damn thing. Bush can't and Clinton couldn't either. So, unfortunately, I can't blame it on the ignorance of the one I don't like!)

irregardless (it's not a freaking word, OK?! It's regardless or irrespective!)
data (when pronounced with a short a)
mature (even though there's no "ch" to be found, let's not pronounce it with a "t"! Come on, people!)

cousint (there's no "t" in cousin, and the logic applied to mature, doesn't apply here.)
Valentime (see cousint)

puberty (when pronounced without the "Y" sound...just say pyooberty, and we'll all be happy.)

Greasy, when referring to hair and/or when pronounced "greazy".

Spot on

And I hate when people talk about shaving in public. Hearing the word shaving or shaved just makes me want to curl up in a ball and roll away. Shaving is too personal for public discussion!

And I despise when Rachel Ray says EVOO instead of extra virgin olive oil.

Thanks for the laugh, Andrea, and the relief of finally getting this off of my chest (another phase that is weird!)

Posted by: Andrea at August 5, 2006 09:29 PM

OH!!! I hate the word CROTCH!!!

My grandma used to say it all the time when sewing pants - "let's measure your inseam from your CROTCH to your ankle"

I still hate that word!!

Posted by: stef at August 5, 2006 09:08 PM

Slacks!!! That made me laugh.
Making love--Ouch.
Fart. I thought everyone hated that word. I hate that word so much, I'm surprised it's not in the top 3.
Bro or sis.
Poo-poo. Say crap or poop or shit or anything else.

Posted by: sophia at August 5, 2006 08:22 PM

My word allergy is the phrase "white trash." I was tempted to end a friendship once when a friend referred to someone with those words as we walked by them. It shows such a disgusting disregard for our fellow human beings.

Posted by: Alexandr at August 5, 2006 07:06 PM

"Little man" in reference to a baby boy and "baby" in reference to an adult man. Yuck.

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Posted by: Axxsis at August 5, 2006 05:03 PM

bowel movement...even worse is BM!

Posted by: Lisa at August 5, 2006 04:02 PM

The phrase, "shits and giggles," is the worst thing I've ever heard.

Though I love soup and can order it or talk about cooking it, I am often repulsed when someone says they want soup in a fond way, like, "mmmm soup."

Yes, all the female anatomy words, esp. tits.

"Good times, good times."

Peeps, prezzie (for present, whatev.

And I can't stand it when people use "hysterical" when they mean "hilarious; a joke is not hysterical though the person laughing at it might be.

Posted by: Petunia at August 5, 2006 02:11 PM

I just had a funny encounter with a really cute guy, who suddenly became very unattractive, when in conversation he said, "Then, I RETCHED in my pocket..." I was thinking, "Don't you mean that you REACHED into your pocket?" Where I come from, the word "retched" means to barf. I kept having visions of him vomiting into his pocket on the expensive suit jacket he was wearing. EEWWWW!!! In addition to him sounding ignorant, it really grossed me out. But looking back, it's a very funny visual now. :)

Posted by: Julia at August 5, 2006 01:08 PM

Wow, my three least favorite words still haven't made it up here yet!

Nougat! Now tell how this word could possibly sound like a yummy candy filling?!! It sounds like a complete insult. As in "you dirty rotton nougat!"

And what about Slacks?! Like how my Grandma used to use the word...."are you going to wear that nice pair of slacks today?" Just hearing the word makes me break out into a sweat! I'm picturing red polyester pants with an elastic waist!

And last but not least - Blazer! I'm ok with this word when used to describe an SUV but not a men's dress jacket! "Are you going to wear your Blazzzzzzzer to the job interview?" Not!! This word makes me feel sweaty also!

Thanks for sharing! There are lots of other words above that I agree are equally yucky!


Posted by: Jodi at August 5, 2006 11:43 AM

Hmmm lets see....
turd...that was really difficult to type. Ewwww!

Posted by: Chirp at August 5, 2006 11:20 AM

For those who hate the word "CUNT" read "Cunt a declaration of independence" by Inga Muscio...Amazing. Forever changed the way I hear that word.

My list:
Vagina (means "sheath for a sword")
Chick (referring to a woman)
Spotted dick (what's that?)

yoni (pronounced Yoh-nee) - new name for vagina

Posted by: Lesley at August 5, 2006 09:57 AM


Posted by: Sabine at August 5, 2006 09:03 AM

Last year I actually made a list of words that I absolutely abhor. It's quite long- but here's a little bit of it.

"box of crayons"
pocketbook (especially when pronounced "pokabook")
anything harsh with a p or c

Posted by: Sabine at August 5, 2006 08:56 AM

Oh this is so hilarious!I'm loving reading these.

'I'm all set/I'm set/Are you all set?'....
STILL can't get used to this, that all-encompassing definition for 'are you finished with what you were doing/eating/ready to pay/about to go...' and much more!

And along with 'like' inserted every few words, there's also 'YOU KNOW WHAT..' interspersed into every sentence that I just can't get over.

Also 'get over it!'

Posted by: jin at August 5, 2006 06:02 AM

what a riot, andrea. you are brilliant!

i have to say that i agree with so many of the comments..."panties" bug me for some reason. the first comment gave me a reads like a chapter from the "V" monologues. i also dislike being called dude...because i'm not a dude...and it annoys me when people say words that aren't really words like "irregardless".

i was thinking, we need a superhero convention in which everyone that owns one of your necklaces converges in a big open field for a photograph. i suspect it will need to be an aerial shot!

also at

Posted by: wendy cook at August 5, 2006 04:11 AM

I think any word that describes *vagina*. I mean, come on. Guys get a cool word like PENIS. It even has a cool nickname, DICK, among others. I cannot think of one cool nickname for *vagina*. And I feel creepy using the word *vagina*, like I'm some pervert, a sex ed teacher, or something. And because of that, I'll use "down there", which makes me sound like I'm ashamed of "down there" because I hate calling it anything. Vagina. Couldn't we call it BETTY, or something more feminine and not nearly as demeaning as CUNT, PUSSY, SNATCH, MUFF, and all the other bad names that *someone who was NOT a woman* came up with?

Posted by: Crissi at August 4, 2006 11:20 PM


Major voting for "moist" and "panties" and a huge shout out for all of the people who hate the term "MAKING LOVE!" It makes me want to hit someone. Hard. Just say sex...even fuck is less offensive to me.

My others:

mature when pronounced "ma-toor"
heebie jeebies

"I could care less" ~ oh really? So you do care?

"I don't know nothing!"

When people shorten things with numbers/spell ridiculously: "It wuz gr8 2 c u, gurl", etc.

I majored in English/Linguistics, so I'm a sticker for the incorrect usage of "I" and "me". As in, "Would you like to come to the store with Jimmy and I?" DON'T FEAR THE USE OF ME, PEOPLE!

I could go on. But I'll stop. Thank you for this.

Posted by: amy at August 4, 2006 10:46 PM

"boobies", "wifie", "panties", "whatever" (as in "I don't care"), "like" (as in "she like..and then he like..and then I like), this list could be endless.

I hate the written words that are used in replace of each other - whether and weather, we're and were, where and wear, etc.

I also dislike that shortened language a lot of people use now. "C U L8R". It takes me twice as long to decipher what they're trying to say than what it would to type it correctly in the first place.

There are also some words that make my heart melt: synergy, serendipity, tea (how simple a word, a tasty a drink), essential, and this list could go on for equally as long as the "hate" list.

Posted by: Ellabel at August 4, 2006 09:19 PM

My aunt found this site and immediately sent it to me--Proof that many others have their fair share of word issues.

My vote for the worst words....

bush, moist and pus

And the absolute-hands-down WORST phrase is

"Keep your eyes peeled".

I could throw up just typing it.

Posted by: Erin at August 4, 2006 08:44 PM

Oh this is SO easy. I work in a LIBRARY, not a libary. I want to choke the people who say LIBARY, especially my co-workers!

I saw someone else mention diva, I second that. I hate that so much that if you're a business and you advertise that word in anything you sell, uh, buh-bye.

Posted by: Juli at August 4, 2006 08:37 PM

lately I am allergic to clearly and apparently, though sometimes I type apparently, I am becoming more and more allergic to it, the more someone speaks it.

And when I am upset at my husband:
"keyed up"
and "jump in the shower" Jumping in a shower will only lead to slippage and possible head trauma.

Posted by: Kage at August 4, 2006 08:13 PM

I hate, with a passion, "Phone Tag". It makes me think of corporate executives carrying around big black bulky phones trying to tag each other with them. Ew. But I almost feel obligated to use it when someone leaves me a message that says, "Looks like we're playing phone tag, You're it!" Someone gimme a bucket.

Posted by: jus at August 4, 2006 07:46 PM

Irregardless. I hate it. The word is regardless. It grates on me. I think I might even wince when someone uses it.

Posted by: Shari at August 4, 2006 07:28 PM

After reading all the responses I just have to add a few more of my own. The phrase "opening up a can of worms"...YUCK!! Also any nasty, vile words used to describe women or their anatomy in a crude, disrespectful way.
Some others on my list would be...
*The "c-word" (rhymes with "stunt" and will get the user slapped without a second thought in my house.)
* gash
* snatch
* "feeding the kitty" and I don't mean the cat!!
* terminal, as in an illness
* P.C. as in political correctness
* and the phrase, "what a crock of crap." (or shit) So completely who would have a crock of that around??!!
I thought I was the only one to have such an aversion to certain words or phrases. It's comforting (and very funny) to know that "word allergies" abound. :)

Posted by: Julia at August 4, 2006 04:19 PM

I cannot believe how many people don't like the word moist. I'll have to remember that.

My list:
artsy fartsy
kewl - spelled that way - instead of cool
maybe even cool itself
on the rag
good luck with that

Posted by: Stacy at August 4, 2006 03:15 PM

This is hilarious!!! here's my list:
giblets and genitals (somehow they sound interchangable)
anytime someone adds an " 's" to a restaurant name- ie: tony's, ihop's, tavern on the green's.
i second the "do you want to come with?" (makes my skin crawl!)
glandular (my tongue feels like it on a rollercoaster when i say it!)

This made my dreary day!

Posted by: Jillian at August 4, 2006 01:51 PM

I have always disliked the word "panties." You will NEVER hear me refer to my underwear as my panties. I think it sounds so dainty and fancy, both of which I am not. Also, short-forms for words often used in fashion and gossip magazines, like "cami" and "preggers."
I always thought I was being I realize there are entire communities out there also suffering from word allergies!

Posted by: Beth at August 4, 2006 01:21 PM

superfluous has always made my the roof of my mouth itch

verbiage - it sounds fake and is unnecessary

rellies for relatives
rents for parents
puter for computer

my favourite word is twilight

Posted by: andrea at August 4, 2006 01:14 PM

In addition to hating 'axe' when someone means 'ask', I also hate, supremely hate, when someone says eckspecially when they really mean especially. hate it hate it hate it....

Posted by: Jennifer at August 4, 2006 12:36 PM

crimeny (I'm not even sure how to spell that one!)

Posted by: Chrissy at August 4, 2006 12:29 PM

- bluesky (as in brainstorm)
- net net (as in I'm going to throw it over your head and strangle you if you use that with me one more time)
- the "c" word (and I'm not talking cake)
- Booyah (it's only funny when you know who uses it)
- Woot (too fratty, mr. mcfatty)

and so many more.. but it's okay because there are even more that I love, like whimsy and wacky and whirligig...

Posted by: Happy Little Atom at August 4, 2006 10:30 AM



i'm seriously allergic to those two words. ick. but i'm okay with "speculate" and "ovation." hm.

oh, and "tastes like ass." my husband uses that phrase to describe something really vile. it's too vile to even say!

Posted by: jennifer at August 4, 2006 10:04 AM

I use the word blogosphere on the home page of one of my blog sites.
Blogosphere isn't even in the dictionary, but I don't know of another work to describe the blogosphere.

What word do you like better?
It would help me so much if I had an alternative!
Thanks! :)

Posted by: Melba at August 4, 2006 09:47 AM

i'm with you on 'pick your brains'. Yuck!
I also have an aversion to 'populist' - but no idea why! What are the words you love?

I like dahlia. And in French 'cauchemar' - nightmare but literally 'bad sleep', i think. And 'papillon' - butterfly.

I do love words!

Posted by: Rosie at August 4, 2006 09:36 AM

Oops! I use "foodie" all the time. :-/

I guess I hate "knocked up" and poor English in general.

Posted by: Victoria Winters at August 4, 2006 09:29 AM

Well. I wish I hadn't waited until today to comment.

As my inaugural comment, I'd like to submit:

come with, as in "I'm going to the store. Want to come with?"

With whom? Finish your sentence!

Posted by: carolyn at August 4, 2006 09:03 AM

You would not believe how many of these words we have all mentioned here that I have seen EVERYWHERE in the last day. (And yes, I had to go back and read them all again, they are so funny.) It's like the English language is suddenly made up of ONLY THESE WORDS. :)

Posted by: Laura at August 4, 2006 09:02 AM

Well. I wish I hadn't waited until today for my first comment.

As my inaugural comment, I'd like to contribute:

go with, as in "I'm going to the store. Want to go with?"

With whom? Finish your sentence!

Posted by: carolyn at August 4, 2006 08:59 AM

I hate it.

Posted by: Tiff at August 4, 2006 08:51 AM

shit stain

Posted by: stef at August 4, 2006 08:04 AM


Posted by: meesh at August 4, 2006 07:36 AM

meal worm
miracle whip
boil ( as in the one on a skin)
ta ta
new age

Posted by: jen gray at August 4, 2006 07:20 AM

meal worm
miracle whip
boil ( as in the one on a skin)
ta ta
new age

Posted by: jen gray at August 4, 2006 07:19 AM

well after reading jen's allergy list. i have a new one to add to mine.

hotdog juice...ewww!

others for me are:

mucous plug

and use of the phrases "at the end of the day" and "my bad" should be discontinued immediately.

Posted by: meesh at August 4, 2006 07:00 AM

This is SOOOO funny! I am surprised by the number of people who have said "moist." I have a friend who doesn't like that word and I thought it was just her!!!! For me, the only word is "preggers." Sounds so yuppy. But the most uncool yuppy EVER!!!

Posted by: Sundries Sublime at August 4, 2006 05:35 AM

Wow, all of my pet peeves have been covered by other commenters. (Which impacted me negatively ;)

But I would like to add the pro-moist vote. Moist! It just makes me think of a nice chocolate cake or brownies. Or moss on a misty Maine morning.

Posted by: Leah E at August 4, 2006 05:17 AM

*phone (when it's said with a valley girl accent, sorry, it drives me nuts).
*when people refer to others as Miss (first name only)... like Miss Katherine... and I am being addressed this way professionally and introduced to people this way... it's just Katherine... or Miss (my last name)... Not Miss Katherine! Grrr.
*another vote for pussy
*if we're doing phrases... when someone tells someone they need to improve and "take it to a whole other level" I blame American Idol for this. Heh.

What a fun post!

Posted by: Katherine aka Middle at August 3, 2006 11:40 PM

paradigm shift

get a life


props/mad props


Posted by: Joy at August 3, 2006 11:12 PM

Any word that has the "shous" sound in it: luscious, scrumptious. It's like nails on a chalkboard.

(As an aside, your alien baby belly looks great. Keep up the great baby growing work!)

Posted by: m at August 3, 2006 10:34 PM

I thought of another one...
"that really hit home"

Posted by: james at August 3, 2006 10:29 PM

word allergies:

Posted by: kim at August 3, 2006 09:50 PM

Webinar (like a seminar, but on the Web ... so wrong)

and, like so many others:


Posted by: Erin at August 3, 2006 09:31 PM

"Meal" for some reason that word just leaves a funny taste in my mouth. It is funny that you posted this today because I was talking with this about my friend as well. Isn't it funny what words drive us crazy. We were also talking about peoples names whom we just could not date. :)

Posted by: Jennifer at August 3, 2006 09:16 PM


But the worst is when you put them together as in, Festering pus! I'm out...

Posted by: jill at August 3, 2006 09:14 PM

Another vote for panties. Can NOT say that word. I used to hate the word feet and tried to avoid saying it any any cost. Pussy. Artsy fartsy. Toe jam. Thong. Moist doesn't bother me (like moist cake---that bothers people?) I guess I'm going to have to stop saying preggers.

Posted by: sophia at August 3, 2006 08:06 PM

Can I pick your foodie?

Without a doubt "big guy" I'd almost rather be called "dude"

Posted by: David at August 3, 2006 07:25 PM

For me it's 'anyway' because my mother-in-law has the most annoying habit of saying it when you tell her she's already told you the same thing she's now telling you numerous times...then she cocks her head like a Labrador, says, "Anyway..." and proceeds to tell you once again.

My college room mate said 'igleast' instead of "at least," and it rubbed me the wrong way.

Other words that get me riled up:

'libary' instead of 'libRary'
'like'... "I was like at a stop light when like this guy in front of me like got out of his car..." This becomes even worse when it's combined with 'totally.' "and he reached into his pocket and I was like totally freaking out!"

Posted by: Lisa at August 3, 2006 07:24 PM

Mine are "diva" and "soulmate." God help the person who uses both of them in the same sentence.

Posted by: JR at August 3, 2006 07:03 PM

carcass - as in a turkey carcass left over from thanksgiving dinner.
mishap. such a wishy-washy word.

Posted by: dana at August 3, 2006 06:54 PM

For some reason, I can't stand the word nourish. Nourish, nourishing, nourishment.... Ack!!! It sends me twitching!
I also share a dislike of using "axe" instead of "asked." I hear that a lot and it makes my skin crawl.
Finally, misprounouncing "diabetes."
Good post!

Posted by: Christine at August 3, 2006 06:52 PM

ok wait! Whats an "anal gland"? Sounds wrong, but have no idea what it is... did I miss something in Physiology?

Posted by: Lunarmuisngs at August 3, 2006 06:46 PM

This is the funniest post! Mostly because my dear friend admitted to hating the word MOIST about a year ago; My husband and I couldn't stop laughing. Such a benign word to be so hateful toward, but apparently it's a tender subject for many...

Posted by: Kelli at August 3, 2006 06:45 PM

I can't stand the word "Functionality".
Somehow it sounds like a made-up word.

My other peeve is the use of acronyms. They are completely odious. An acronym that means one thing in the business world will mean something completely different in healthcare....what's the point?

Posted by: April at August 3, 2006 06:44 PM

What a great bunch of awful words and phrases. In Australia people use the word legend far too much. "Mate, you are a f*****g legend." I can't stand it. Or people who use "courage" to desribe sportspeople.

As far as "pick your brains" go, there's a great, dark English comedy show called League of Gentlemen. In one scene a man enters a shop & said to the proprietress, "Pick your brains?" She crouches down, hands protecting her head, and says, "Noooooooo!"

Posted by: hazelblackberry at August 3, 2006 06:22 PM

Oh dear, I have to type them.

snarky (!!!)

I can also become very upset when someone says "sherbert" instead of "sherbet". Upset, irrationally so.

Posted by: Jenny at August 3, 2006 06:11 PM


bullshit word created by marketing people.

Posted by: blackbird at August 3, 2006 05:29 PM

Ooooh, I was having this same discussion the other day with a bunch of teachers. Almost all of us hate the words play date. What ever happened to calling your friends and asking them to play with you at a moments notice? Why do you need to schedule something like playing?

I also can't stand the word awesome. My boss uses it all the time. Makes my teeth ache!

Posted by: Tam at August 3, 2006 05:27 PM

I love this list!

It drives me crazy when people use certain words to describe websites that seem wildly inappropriate. Words like "sexy" or "robust." It's like nails on a chalk board.

And I second "brain fart." Oy. Where ever did that one come from?

Posted by: Brian at August 3, 2006 05:26 PM

brain fart. why was that ever invented. Arg!!!!

Posted by: Sylvie at August 3, 2006 05:04 PM

I hate it when people say 'ekspecially' when they really mean 'especially' or 'ekspresso' when they should really be saying 'espresso'...

Posted by: Jennifer at August 3, 2006 05:02 PM

When someone says "Delish" instead of Delicious....drives me around the bend!

Posted by: Jennifer at August 3, 2006 04:32 PM

oh i forgot,
i will touch base with you
or i will shoot you an email. urggg

Posted by: james at August 3, 2006 03:54 PM

Ooh, also "preggers."

Posted by: Leah at August 3, 2006 03:49 PM

this is so cleansing.

camel toe
sorry? ( as in i didnt hear you. please repeat ~ "sorry?"
anal glands
anal anything
stool (as in poo)
"that's tight" 'that's hot"
cradle cap
pink eye
hotdog juice

Posted by: jen gray at August 3, 2006 03:49 PM

Blouse. *shudder*

Posted by: Leah at August 3, 2006 03:48 PM

I've never commented on this lovely blog before, but I just had to add my own allergy to the list. I HATE the word retarded. That word really does make my skin crawl. It's just plain demeaning in every way.

Posted by: Jen at August 3, 2006 03:43 PM

I'm giggling at all the "panties" and "moist" comments. I absolutely can't stand the words meme and addicting. Blogosphere is very annoying too. I hate when the news media comes up with a new buzzword like "viral video" for some soft piece so they can use it over and over again and you know the guy who came up with it thinks he's a genius.

Posted by: beckka at August 3, 2006 03:40 PM

Oh, these are making me laugh. Hard!
The panties one is making me scratch my head, but each to their own.

Here's mine:

My bad
The whole getting in bed one, especially when a guy in a suit says it.
Motherload is a good one too...I hate it!!!

I love the word that my hubby calls me for some reminds me of transformers...I don't know why but I can't stay mad when he calls me that! Yes, I am weird!


Posted by: Vivienne at August 3, 2006 03:32 PM

my short list would be "impact," "summer," and "party," when used as verbs, as in:
"her words impacted me" (molars, not people, are impacted)
"where do you summer?" (ask Matt for the back story on that one)
and, "dude, let's party" (which, admittedly, no one has said to me for years).
my long list would be, well, long.

Posted by: sara at August 3, 2006 03:32 PM

Most corporate buzzwords. The latest offender is "human capital." Thank you, I suddenly feel like sheep.

Posted by: heather at August 3, 2006 03:14 PM

I really despise the word BLOG. And lozenge.

Posted by: Teri at August 3, 2006 03:14 PM

I go crazy when educated people say "nu-cu-lar" instead of "nuclear." It particularly bothers me when people in politics (who should obviously know better) say it. Don't they have people to correct them? If not, they should!!

Posted by: Pamela from Texas at August 3, 2006 03:08 PM

I go crazy when educated people say "nu-cu-lar" instead of "nuclear." It particularly bothers me when people in politics (who should obviously know better) say it. Don't they have people to correct them? If not, they should!!

Posted by: Pamela from Texas at August 3, 2006 03:07 PM

artsy fartsy. Ok that is a phrase, but it has always ticked me off!

Posted by: blair at August 3, 2006 02:56 PM

I hate when people call their computer their 'puter. Makes me run away screaming!!
fun post!

Posted by: Liz at August 3, 2006 02:46 PM

panties and purse

Posted by: Gayla at August 3, 2006 02:29 PM

Question. I don't like when someone announces that they are about to ask a question before they ask. Just ask already.

Posted by: Tonyaru at August 3, 2006 02:22 PM

Question. I don't like when someone announces that they are about to ask a question before they ask. Just ask already.

Posted by: Tonya at August 3, 2006 02:21 PM

I have so many..."panties" and "moist" are at the top of the list, but the absolute worst word has to be "scab". God, I can't believe I even wrote it. My husband likes to use these words regularly and in the same sentence just to gross me out.

Posted by: Tiffany at August 3, 2006 02:12 PM

One of my co-workers in college used to keep a list of words I hated! Two that I can think of right off hand are geriatric (sounds yucky) and Rowena (small TX town's name...ugly word!)

Posted by: Jessica Hood at August 3, 2006 02:10 PM

Oh, I hate the word panties too. Also moist.
I hate nauseous. Yuck. Gross word.
I can't stand that celebrity magazines overuse the word 'bump' to describe someone who's pregnant. BUMP. Come on. What's up with that? Everyone has a bump now...
I hate the word 'grody'. I don't know if anyone uses that word anymore but I never liked it.
And as for baby names, I don't like when people have to be too creative with basically lovely names.

Posted by: Lucille at August 3, 2006 02:10 PM

Oh, I hate the word panties too. Also moist.
I hate nauseous. Yuck. Gross word.
I can't stand that celebrity magazines overuse the word 'bump' to describe someone who's pregnant. BUMP. Come on. What's up with that? Everyone has a bump now...
I hate the word 'grody'. I don't know if anyone uses that word anymore but I never liked it.
And as for baby names, I don't like when people have to be too creative with basically lovely names.

Posted by: Lucille at August 3, 2006 02:10 PM

Classy - most people I have met who describe something as 'classy' usually don't have much exposure to anything upscale.
Hubby - I hate, hate this phrase.
Crafty or Artsy- makes me cringe! I fear that things made at Jo-Ann's fabrics and the pre-made design your own cards with rubber stamp kits at Michaels will be seen in the same light as fine art when people call me crafty or artsy. Artsy seems whimsical and I don't want to be whimsical. Makes me think my work isn't taken seriously or valued for what it's worth.

Posted by: kristine at August 3, 2006 02:08 PM

are we on the same plate?
he really stepped up to the plate on that one.
come up to the plate.
she's batting a thousand.
are we on the same page?
Yo Bra.
I am sooo out of here.
I am literally in shock.
I am like oh my god.
Jesus H Christ.
Fuck Buddy.
and I don't like the word horny.

Posted by: James at August 3, 2006 02:04 PM

I am putting my vote in for "panties." I hate that word.

Also I don't like "all of a sudden..." What does that mean, anyway? I find myself saying it but it doesn't make any sense.

And I don't really like the word flesh. It's kind of gross to me.

Posted by: carrster at August 3, 2006 01:30 PM

i despise the term "preggers" as in pregnant. it's so corny!
the term "genius" makes my skin crawl because of how often we tell others that so-and-so is a "genius" when they are not, in the strict sense of a term. it esp. bugs me when we call pop stars and esp. ACTORS geniuses. if you are not albert einstien, beethoven or leonardo da vinci, then you are not a "genius"! lol.
oh, and speaking of "pregnant", i also think THAT term is overused when applied to things like skies and ideas. (ex. "the sky was pregnant with clouds", "his idea was pregnant with beauty".) it was a cool idea the first 500 times but now it's too much.

Posted by: adele at August 3, 2006 01:26 PM

wow, I never knew I had company in my allergic reaction to the word "moist" - I can't STAND that word! I think it might even be the letter pairing of "oi" that I can't stand...ointment also makes my skin crawl. And the shortening of sister one time, just to annoy me (for fun) asked me if I liked "moist cukes" - as in CUCUMBERS! Cukes sounds too close to pubes. Wow - I could go on forever here :)

Posted by: becky at August 3, 2006 01:16 PM

making love, baby bump, wart

Posted by: penny at August 3, 2006 01:08 PM

Um, I never really thought about it...let's see.

"whatever"...hate that. I hear it and immediately want to slap whoever just said it.

"working mother" (guess that's two words)...REALLY hate this one...we're all working moms, some of us just do it at home.

"diabetic"...only because I hear it all the time relating to my child as a blanket "title" for what she is. Everyone assumes she is a Type 2 diabetic and there just has to watch what she eats or something...that it will "go away". She is Type 1, makes no insulin and NEVER will, watching what she eats won't change it and it will NEVER go away. Basically, there are two types of diabetes...not just one. I'm forever seeing headlines about cures and such for diabetes, only to read that it related to Type 2, very irritating.

"celebrity"...this has been given to way too many people nowadays and I'm tired of hearing about ALL of them.

"Evil-doers"...need I give a reason why I hate this word? Could have more to do with the person who is CONSTANTLY saying it rather than the word(s) itself, lol.

c*nt...the slang for the female vagina. HATE, HATE this word.

Posted by: amy j at August 3, 2006 01:05 PM


Posted by: chrissy at August 3, 2006 01:05 PM


Posted by: Catharine at August 3, 2006 12:50 PM

whimsical, over used.

maggot, (it is difficult to even write it) yuk!

let's do (lunch) or "I'll do" the salmon when ordering food. Sounds like it is going to get something naughty done to it.

Posted by: one black bird at August 3, 2006 12:41 PM


"preggers," as in pregnant.

Both like nails on a chalkboard.

Posted by: Megan at August 3, 2006 12:40 PM

My word allergy is "space" the word "space" when it is used in decorating....this space, that space, open space, outdoor space and it is always said with a pronounced SP. Funny how words can annoy you.

Posted by: Leslie at August 3, 2006 12:39 PM



both like nails on a chalkboard.

Posted by: Megan at August 3, 2006 12:39 PM

funny that you ask my friend. i don't like the word "allergy". *big smile*

seriously. i grew up with them and had them pretty bad when i was younger. that word represented feeling uncomfy and it also just sounded strange to me.

whenenever my husband says it, which is quite often because he has them pretty bad, i feel myself cringe.

"i have allergies" sounds gross.

i am sure there are others...but that one stood out in my mind just now. ;)

Posted by: Boho at August 3, 2006 12:38 PM

I hate the words "hard-on" and "feces".

But I love the words myriad, texture, spatula & skillet.

Posted by: Joy at August 3, 2006 12:36 PM

Mine are all slang related, and it probably has a lot to do with the fact that I'm completely incapable of saying anything slang-y and getting away with it. I just sound like a phony.

Hella, as in "That's hella cool." Cat, as in "He's a cool cat." "Right on, dude."

My brother says all of these regularly, and I always feel absolutely mortified when one of them comes out of his mouth. It's not that I'm embarrassed to be with him--I just feel embarrassed for him. Like watching The Office or something. has a section on their message boards where people post outrageous baby names. It's good for a laugh, or maybe an idea...

Posted by: Melissa at August 3, 2006 12:32 PM

get over it.

Posted by: jolene at August 3, 2006 12:28 PM

Oh, this is a fun one. There are so many to choose from, but I'll be brief. I dislike intensely the word "cakehole." As in "shut your cakehole." AUGH. Can't even stand typing it!

Posted by: Laura at August 3, 2006 12:10 PM

just about any slang for the female anatomy except snatch, which I think is funny
sexy (when used to refer to inanimate objects, especially software features and PowerPoint presentations)

I also recently developed an allergy to the word 'mommyblogger.' Please, no more.

Posted by: Lori at August 3, 2006 12:05 PM

my bad.
making love.
inner child.

Posted by: jen gray at August 3, 2006 11:53 AM

my bad.
making love.
inner child.

Posted by: jen gray at August 3, 2006 11:53 AM

any words that are "baby-fied", such as "blankie" or "prezzie". ick.

Posted by: brenda in toronto at August 3, 2006 11:45 AM

Great post!
So many allergies, so little time...

Here are a few:

gift (as a verb)
texted (As in "I texted her." )

Posted by: sinead at August 3, 2006 11:32 AM

lol, check this out:

i don't really have any proper words that i dislike, but there are some slang words (like 'poo instead of shampoo - yes! there are people who say that!) and misused words (like referring to just any ole body as an "S.O") that get me slightly agitated.

there are a lot of phrases i don't like, like "think outside the box" or "suck it up." i don't like sports references used in everyday life, either, because i get confused. an "end run?" innings and yardlines? what is that supposed to mean to me?

I have also tried not to use "foodie" but "gourmand" is pretentious and doesn't apply to all food lovers, "food lover" itself is a label that seems limiting somehow, and my attempts at using "culinary adventurer" have been received with quizzical looks. oh, well. if your friend has a preferred replacement, please let me know. :)

Posted by: amanda at August 3, 2006 11:20 AM

I'm quite sincerely allergic to made up business words/incorrect business-usages. My first boss in CorporateLand insisted that any client could be won over with "sexy charts and graphs." (In fact, he used the adjective 'sexy' for wayyyy to many boring business things.) Several years later, I was working in a company that made up a new business-word: "glocal" (indicating thinking globally but keeping a local feel). The day that I was sent a pile of powerpoint presentations and told to "work the word 'Glocal' into each one at least three times", I knew it was time to give up the corporate gig for good.

Posted by: melissa at August 3, 2006 11:20 AM

loin, groin, moist - i just can't stand them.

oh, and i can't forget the phrase "pet peeve" - like nails on a chalkboard, terrible!

Posted by: Trish at August 3, 2006 10:38 AM

Brat. i hate that word, woe to the person who uses it in reference to me because i will probably physically attack them. (probably some sort of childhood thing, but then isn't it all?) ;-)

Posted by: sam at August 3, 2006 10:33 AM

Succlent -
This is a scary word for me.
There's a long story behind it - but - yep. that's the word.

Posted by: georgy at August 3, 2006 10:25 AM

"my bad". I hate that. Instead of saying "I'm sorry, I made a mistake" they say "my bad". Yechhhhhhhhhhh!!!!

Posted by: Anu at August 3, 2006 10:24 AM

Oooohhh.... I often dream about doing a whole post on this. I think I will at some point. But for the record - AIN'T - is NOT a word. But now, horrors of horrors, they are including it in Websters! Its the destruction of the English language I tell you. Everytime I hear it I cringe.

Others words,
axe instead of ask
cunt... can I say that here? sorry. but I can't have this word at all!!!!
phlegm... it even looks ugly the word that is...

there are many others... but you get the picture.

Posted by: Lunarmuisngs at August 3, 2006 10:19 AM

I'm allergic to the word schmutz. Also whenever someone tells me to "think outside the box" and means it, I feel the vague urge to throw things.

Posted by: Adrienne at August 3, 2006 10:17 AM

THANK YOU - foodie is a word that makes my skin crawl. yuck. i also hate it when people say "where are you at?"

Posted by: suzanne at August 3, 2006 10:05 AM

I too hate the word 'axe' when someone is trying to say 'ask'. I hate the word irregardless (which technically isn't even a word anyway).

Posted by: Jennifer at August 3, 2006 10:00 AM

Andrea... I loved this post. :) For me it's the way certain people say things, when they are trying to sound well educated, or wise or superior, or something..., and they come off sounding pompous and ignorant. (example:George Bush) Also I hate the expression "As if..." sometimes used as a qustion, but more frequently as a put down or to dimiss others. I also hate it when I hear people use the word "axed" when they mean to say "asked." And don't get me started on the baby names thing..... I teach at grade school level and just when I think I've heard every possible "unique" name, or spelling or pronunciation of a name... I meet a new student whose parents were very creative in the naming of their child. Now don't get me wrong... I love interesting, ethnic names and those with sinificance to family history or religious tradition. But I recently met a child with the name "Passion Flower" with her middle name being "Oracle". While I love both of these words... I couldn't help imagining how often people will confuse these words and not think of them as her name... but rather a mistake when filling out a form or a "typo" on the paper. Or the teasing she'll get from others, or worse... not being taken seriously in the adult world. Sad as this is to say...."Passion Flower Oracle Smith" with an "M.D." or "Phd." or "Attorney at Law" tacked the the end, might not inpsire the confidence of others in our uptight society. Good luck with your work of baby naming... FYI: don't read too many of those baby names books. I did this during my preganacy and after a while it just became really too much, and I ended up naming my daughter the name I had always loved and held dear since I was very young myself, and thought that I'd name a little girl if ever I had one. So go with your heart and your gut, and whatever name you decide upon will be the right one and "word allergy free". Blessings and health to you and your baby. :)

Posted by: Julia at August 3, 2006 09:54 AM

my word alergies are ususally centered around derogatory tems that people like to use for women--have that!!! even when its not used directly towards a woman. for instance my nephew plays football and i noticed the coach yelling at him, "stop pussy-footin' around." i didn't like that at all!....UGH!

Posted by: la vie en rose at August 3, 2006 09:54 AM

Wow, the words I hate are already up there - panties and moist. Yuck. And putting them together like that makes it even worse. Sorry about that. GROSS. I also hate the phrase, "at the end of the day", but that really falls under cliches and not single words, so sorry for that tangent.

Posted by: carol at August 3, 2006 09:45 AM

rhymes with spit and starts with a c. Hate it! I wish people would use the full word--the one that rhymes with delores. hee hee.

Posted by: alison at August 3, 2006 09:40 AM

PHLEGM. For obvious reasons. BILE is first runner-up.

On the positive side, I've always loved the word "syzygy." Isn't that a great word? It's when the sun, the moon and Earth are all lying in a straight line.

Syzygy. Just feels good saying it.

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Posted by: Kelly at August 3, 2006 09:37 AM

Squishy. I don't like squishy or slimy or squashed. Gag makes me, well....

To counter that I think of words I love: reverberate, scintillating, tactile, fruit, scent, tangible, baby.

Posted by: sallyrogers at August 3, 2006 09:37 AM

Motherload and moist. I hate to see or hear those words, they gross me out!! strange I know.

Posted by: Heather at August 3, 2006 09:15 AM

Wow, first comment! I'm allergic to body words, such as 'feet' and 'nails' and 'nose', because try writing a romance scene and wanting to make it very smooth and beautiful, but you keep running into icky words.

Posted by: Savannah at August 3, 2006 09:13 AM