Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Road Trip Wednesday: Words Are Fun

It's time for Road Trip Wednesday, a blog carnival hosted by the lovely ladies of YA Highway. Today's question:
 
What words do you absolutely hate? Which ones do you adore?
 
WORDS I LOVE
 
I love all words, but I especially love words that are fun to say. 
 
Juxtaposition
Conviviality
Doppleganger
 
Don't those just feel cool in your mouth? I love that.  
 
WORDS I HATE 
  
Okay, so I don't love all words. I don't like words that serve no purpose expect to make you seem like you are smarter than you are.
 
Utilize
 
OMG, I hate the word utilize SO MUCH. It's the exact same word as use. It doesn't mean anything different. JUST SAY USE. IT IS THE SAME.
 
Going along with that, I really hate those corporate buzzwords. Things like this make me so glad I no longer work in advertising, because crap like this was tossed around will-nilly. Drove me nuts. It happens in education, too, but I'm not in meetings every day, so I can handle it.
 
You know what I mean, things like...
 
best practices
value add
action items
circle back
dovetail
incentivize
 
UGH. Stop making up new, stupid words for things.
 
 
What about you guys...any words you love and hate?

32 comments:

  1. MOIST. It is the worst word ever. *shudders*

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  2. My only fave corporate word is "touch base." Can you imagine the possibilities?

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  3. I love tantalise and splendour.

    lol I don't like utilise either!

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    1. Oooh, those are both good. Especially with your spelling! So much better!

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  4. Word I hate with a fiery passion here at work? Synergize. Or synergy.

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    1. UGH. So terrible, these stupid office words!

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  5. So funny, because I have a degree in advertising. After 2 internships, I realized it wasn't for me and decided to use my Spanish major to become a teacher. We have mucho in common, my friend.

    I love the word "essentially." And I'm with Erin; "moist" is terrible. I also hate velveteen, mesh, and another one that has to do with a part of female anatomy. I won't write that one here. :)

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    1. No way! How crazy! I worked in advertising for three years before I realized it wasn't for me. Yay for teaching...so much more my thing.

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  6. Juxtaposition is such a fun word! I also like "smitten." :)

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  8. I know someone who has the same pet peeve with "utilize"--I could kind of hear him ranting about it when I read that part haha. I agree it's unnecessary, but it's not quite a pet peeve... Hm I'll have to think about this one.

    Also, we’ve tagged you over at The Feather and the Rose!

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  9. I, too, have an aversion to corporate-speak. And I think it's largely because a lot of the words and phrases used in business either make no sense if you think about them, or are just fluff words--they don't actually communicate anything meaningful. They're just meant to *sound* important. I guess when you value words, you hate to see them cheapened.

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    1. EXACTLY. I'm glad you're with me on this one, Colin.

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  10. I kind of got used to corporate words when I was freelancing for businesses, and I find them entertaining more than I find them annoying. Especially incentivize. I don't know why, but I like that word.

    Oh, and I love juxtaposition, too! I haven't made my list yet but I was thinking about convivial as well--so fun to say!

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    1. It's pretty fun to sit in a meeting and keep track of how often those silly words are thrown around. If you turned it into a mid-meeting drinking game you wouldn't even be able to walk out the door.

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  11. Ah, Doppleganger! What a great one! I don't mind buzz words in general, but incentivize? Yeah, that's horrid!

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  12. Utilize is a stupid word. It's right up there with CONCUR. Do you? Really? Or do you just AGREE?

    I love that you included teaching buzz words. I do not missing hearing that nonsense all the time!

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    1. Yeah, that's another one. I'm all about choosing the perfect word to say what you want to say, but we don't need a bunch of words that mean exactly the same thing!

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  13. Doppelganger is one of my favorite words ever. I also really love the word incandescent.

    A word I hate? More than moist even? Slacks. Just say pants, or trousers if you want to be fancy and British but slacks? No way.

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    1. Hahaha. Slacks. Who even says that? Anyone under 60? I hope not.

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  14. Haha. I can totally see you attacking the screen if utilize shows up. Few stabs in a book too perhaps?? haha

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  15. OH, I didn't even go into my hate-hate relationship with education buzz words. *cringe* And all the acronyms that I can't remember.

    But I do love a great doppelganger. Awesome word!

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  16. I've worked in advertising for almost 12 years and never heard any of those words! The most used word at my current job is "convoluted" which I now hate just because they say it so often. My least favorite words are munch, munchkin, kiddo and vomit/vomiting.

    My favorite words are disillusionment, starlight... and that's all I can think of.

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  17. I LOVE the word chaos. I don't know why but I do.

    As for words I dislike, caucus is one. It sounds like it could be disgusting and a bit pretentious. Just say MEETING

    I also really hate the word preggers. I just died a little typing it out

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  18. My hubby and I are always arguing over words we love/hate. I'm "not allowed" to use 'serendipity' in the house because he hates it so much, lol! Personally, i don't really have any words I have such strong feelings for :)

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  19. I love the word jubilation.

    I absolutely hate the words tender and panties, they are so creepy.

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