Monday, March 15, 2010

unfavorite words

I have always delighted in words - I remember (and still have some of) my favorite books from kindergarten, when I discovered the power of letters in a certain order to bring to life pictures in my head; from a young age I wrote names of cute boys intelligent things on my Pee-Chees; in high school I discovered mind-opening novels & poems that I dissected and marked, circling the richest examples of imagery, and tried to imitate; I fell in love with advertisements that entranced me with wordplay and collected the best ones in notebooks.

But there are some words I have come to loathe [interestingly, 'loathe' is a word I love the feel of in my mouth]. Words that only conjure [love that one too] unpleasant thoughts & feelings. And since it is Monday, the most unlovable day for many, here are some of my unfavorite words (excluding racial slurs and most derogatory terms for body parts as a given):
  1. mucus
  2. penal
  3. flatulence
  4. giblet
  5. flaccid
  6. flautist
  7. creamed
  8. expound
  9. gobble
  10. saliva
  11. teat
  12. juncture
  13. womb
  14. cancerous
  15. phlegmatic
  16. bile
  17. canker

That was strangely comforting & liberating. Not that we're friends yet, me & these words, but I don't feel quite as hostile toward them. Maybe I'll include one or two in a haiku sometime, just as a little peace offering.

P.S. I WON AUDIENCE HAIKU AT LIVEWIRE! FRIDAY NIGHT. It was kind of exciting. Tune in tomorrow for details; I'm not prepared to expound at this juncture. (That felt okay!)


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I have never liked the word "titillate."

Conversely, I love "epiphany."

Amy said...

I never liked "membrane" (goes nicely with mucus, don't you think?) but I love the sound of the word "sinister". Bwa-ha-ha :)
Good job with the haiku!

brandy101 said...

I also dislike "womb" because 1.) it sounds like "wound" - much fodder for analysis there and 2.) its a chickensh*t "delicate" and cornay way of expressing "uterus"

However, being Catholic, I cannot escape it as its in one of our oft-used prayers, the Hail Mary. (...and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus...)

I don't see the Vatican revising it for the purpose of better gynecological precision anytime soon! ;)

Danielle said...

I cannot stand the word "birthed" . It annoys me. I also hate "honeycomb" both the word and the way it looks. It actually makes me stomach turn to look at honeycomb.
And as dorky as it sounds one of my favorite words is "fantastic". I don't really know why.

snugglebug said...


My mom never let us say "neck-ed" instead of "naked."

psychomom said...

It would take more introspection than I can conjure today to come up with some words that I love and loathe, but off the top of my head there was a phrase during the Olympics that drove me right off my nut..."of age" in, the skater is a mere sixteen years of age. Now, I'm assuming that there is some broadcaster "rule" that says you MUST say "of age" instead of "years old"....maybe someone can enlighten me about it. But NOT ONCE, NOT ONE SINGLE SOLITARY TIME (and I was listening for it, boy) did I hear that someone was thirty years old. Not once....bugged the crap out of me, can you tell? It just sounds sooooooo pretentious.

Simply Curious said...

Twat. Not you, the word. It bothers me...always has. But my favorite word since I was a kid, Galoshes.

Gretchen said...

Hey, lady, what are Pee-Chees?

and, I also hate mucus. The thought of "losing my mucus plug" at the end of pregnancy, well, sounds just horrific.

And, my least favorite word? moist. Just makes me itchy down south every time I hear it.

Jason, as himself said...

I have a list of words that I love, and some of them I love to hate so much that they still are my favorites. Does that make any sense at all?

Most women do not like the word "episiotomy" but it is on my list of favorite words. Sorry about that. I also love "unitard."

Actually, here is the link to my post about words. If you care to check it out. No pressure. :)

Unknown said...

That is a really good list.
I don't like the word gargle.
It has always bothered me a ton.

La Belette Rouge said...

Mine are:
1. Hot cakes
2. Toe jam
3. Sticks of chewing gum( weird, I know).
4. Belly


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