Why Do These Words Exist?

Just for sheer randomness and amusement, here’s a list of words that get on my nerves.

1. twitterpated – I’m pretty sure it came from Bambi. I like the movie and the cute little deer, but this word… ugh.

2. chill – It’s a good word when you’re talking about “the chill in the air” or “chilled fruit.” But when you’re talking about “chilling with my friends” or “I’m going to go chill at Wal-Mart,” then it annoys me. I don’t like slang much in general.

3. coldcock – It means “to render someone unconscious,” but all I think of when I hear it or see it in print are bad sex jokes. (Maybe that just means I have a dirty mind.)

4. awkward – This word just looks awkward.

5. mooch – I don’t like this word or anything that rhymes with it. It just feels weird when I say it.

6. blog – Awesome concept, ugly word. I know it’s short for “weblog,” but when it sounds like “blah” mixed with “frog,” it’s not very attractive.

7. seemingly / seems – These words weaken writing. I find myself using them a lot, which is irritating. Thus, the word should be kicked out of existence.

8. teetotaler – It reminds me of “teeter-totter” and has nothing to do with one. Despite knowing the meaning of “teetotaler,” I always get confused and think it means “a drunk person tottering around.”

9. lollygag – To quote an old friend of mine: “It sounds like what happens when you choke on a lollipop.” I don’t like words that don’t sound like what they mean.

I’ll be posting a list of awesome words tomorrow. Please share any words you absolutely can’t stand! ๐Ÿ™‚

6 thoughts on “Why Do These Words Exist?

  1. I totally agree with your opinion of #3. I’m the same way! I also dislike #7, and am trying to erase it from both my stories and my dialogue.
    Hmm… I can’t think of any words I can’t stand0–I think you covered most of them ๐Ÿ˜‰


  2. Good list, Maggie.
    Blog is an ugly word for a fun pastime.

    Teetotaler doesn’t bother me . . . except when people use it to say that they drink TEA, not COFFEE. ๐Ÿ™‚

    “I’m a teetotaler.”
    “You are? You’re drinking a glass of wine.”
    “Oh, I drink wine, but not coffee.”
    “Doesn’t teetotaler mean someone who abstains from alcoholic beverages?”
    “No. It means someone who drinks tea, not coffee.”
    “Oh. Want a refill on that drink then?”

    Personally, I love to lollygag and chill . . . but never at Walmart.

    I also like to tell people to take a chill pill ~ much preferable to saying “Hold your horses.”

    I mean, who even has horses these days?


    1. Haha! Tea-totalers!

      Nobody’s going to know where the saying “hold your horses” came from anymore – totally a dead metaphor! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. So many words are passing the way of all things.
    Record (for a music disc)comes to mind.
    And, you have to wonder, how much longer will “horsepower” be used to describe engine power in cars, or “candle power” for brightness?
    Fun post!


    1. We still refer to collections of music as “albums” even though they’re all digital now. Strange. Thank you for commenting! ๐Ÿ™‚


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