The other day, I was editing something Bart was writing and I said, “I’d like to take out the phrase ‘short and sweet.’ It just bugs me.” (This might be why you don’t want me to edit things for you – my own personal quirks will start shooting out my ears).
Bart said, “You know, I don’t really like it either. Take it out.” (This is why I married him).
I have a lot of words I’m sensitive to – words that make me cringe.
Sometimes it’s only certain circumstances that I cannot tolerate a word or phrase: “Lol” in an IM conversation is fine; “Lol” in a blog post makes me want to die. Smiley faces in IMs and emails don’t bother me, but I am a cruel editor of them in any blog posts. They never ever make the cut.
The phrase “mani/pedi” makes my skin crawl, although not as much as the term “prego.” (I feel as if my blog is defiled just by writing those two things on it. Shall have to bleach my computer screen tonight). The list, my friends, is never ending.
And I know I’m not the only one. It seems to me that most people have some words or phrases that are absolutely grating to them.
My college roommate could not stand the word “mate.”
Landen wants to vomit when she hears “moist.” (I am 100% with her on this one).
What words make you cringe?