I always look forward to the release of Lake Superior State University's annual banished words list.
That's because since I was a kid, I've had a love-hate relationship with words. Back then, I remember such innocent-sounding terms as "nostril" sending me into a teeth-gnashing rage. ("Gnash" would've had the same effect).
No particular reason; I just thought certain words sounded stupid. It was probably just a foreshadowing of my eventual persnickety temperament.
Growing up in Texas, a word often fell into disfavor after I heard it pronounced with an exaggerated southern drawl.
Did I feed the dawg today? Go the beach and pick up shayells? Want something to draynk?
Sometimes, the words spoken by a fellow Texan would sound so garbled that I'd have to ask the speaker to repeat them. For a tightly wired type-A personality like me, it was irritating.
So even though it doesn't address pronunciation, the LSSU's word-banishing list is completely up my alley. It always gets me thinking about words and phrases - as well as grammatical and punctuation liberties - that raise my hackles.
Here are a few additional picks from the Mama Bear.
Discombobulated. This word falls into my "sounds stupid" category. It drudges up visions that include dismemberment or taking a dump.
Making. A. Point. By. Separating. Words. With. Periods. Clever the first few times I saw it but tiresome and irritating now.
OMG makes the list, too. It's the middle school teacher in me, I suppose.
Fricking, as well as its inbred cousin, Freaking. If you're going to use the "f" word, might as well go for the gold.
What about you? Are you as anal as me? Any words or phrases you'd like to see take their leave?
Hmm...anal. Add that to my list.