Words That Make Me Grind My Teeth

Bumbastories announces a world-wide competition:

Words that you can’t stand. Words that you wish other people wouldn’t say all the time. Words that are trite. Words that are just dumb and people use them way too much. Like all the time!

And sometimes you even hear yourself using them!

Words like ACTUALLY. The way some people apparently feel compelled to pepper their admittedly bland speech with ACTUALLYs. As in “ACTUALLY I was just leaving the building, but now that you’re here I think I’ll ACTUALLY stay for some lunch”

Actually, sometimes I myself …..(Ooops)

Then there’s the silly little SO. Now SO is all right in its place. In the beginning of a sentence SO is just fine. As in “So, as I was saying…”

Or “So, what’s the story, Jerry?”

People often say “I am SO sorry”, and I guess that’s all right. But it’s starting to push it a little bit.

Because before you know it, it’s “I am SO excited about that new TV show. Like (Oh yeah, there’s another one: LIKE. One of the perennials) Like (sorry) “I am SO into this group”.

There’s way too much of this SOOO-ing going on.

There are, unfortunately, lots of words that make me grind my teeth, as the title says. Like a scratchy chalk on a damp chalkboard.

Words like………

Well, you fill in the blanks. Send in your favorite hated words (No oxymoron intended) Send in your comments, which are always welcome of course. Last week Bumbastories did a feature article on “you guys”, so you can’t use that one.

Please send in your nominations for the most annoying words. There are plenty of ’em. Words that ruffle your feathers, rankle your rinky dinks, irk your Earkel, pull your chain, get your knickers in knots, and shiver ye timbers. Words that……

The winner of this special competition wins a free copy of Stephen Baum’s Up in the Bronx novel. Second place prize is two free copies of Up in the Bronx.

28 thoughts on “Words That Make Me Grind My Teeth

  1. Rocking or rockin’. As in “{insert name of geriatric actress} rocked a bikini at St. Tropez.” An exception could be made for people who actually rock, such as musicians.

  2. Mine is one of the two word combos.
    “No worries”. I hate having conversations with people who respond repeatedly with “no worries”. I immediately start to worry…were they listening…did they hear me…did they understand me what I wanted?

  3. He he he, I might be guilty of using the ‘awesome’ word for posts I am very very impressed with! The one that gets my goat is ‘like’ too. Hate it when the kids use it ‘like’ after every other word in a sentence 😆

  4. Your suspicions were unfounded. Sorry. I hadn’t considered whatever at first, but it’s a serious contender as a word we could do without.

  5. I have to go with ‘like’ as in: “I was like so happy, and he was like so annoyed, and then she was like…” It makes a person sound less intelligent. I work hard trying to rid my sons of this. They’re not terrible with it, but it naturally creeps into everyday conversation because it’s so ubiquitous.

    1. Like is like almost on a par with awesome. How ’bout kinda? Like I could say that kinda is like almost on a par with like, but like that would be kinda…..you know? Yikes!!! there’s one: You know?

  6. The “and” word overused like 6 times in a sentence..
    “we went to the store and bought some tea and it was really sweet and I wondered at the cost and if I should put it back and I finally decided I’d keep it and then…

  7. The phrase “right now”, as in “I’m so angry at you right now” or “ACTUALLY, I’m SO over it right now” or “I just don’t know how to deal with this right now”. A highly successful drinking game could be established around instances of this phrase on reality and talk shows.

    1. Someone once asked Yogi Berra what time it was. Yogi answered:”Ya mean now?”
      It’s for sure that right now is very current.

      1. Highly personal. I know it wasn’t a common word like you know you were talking about but for whatever reason such words don’t get my teeth grinding.

        Please don’t!

    1. I have to go along with Eric. Actually, I wasn’t going to participate in this rally against words. For me, every word is a precious jewel. It’s just that one should use them judiciously. And not overuse them or abuse them. But the temptation to get your book as a prize was too good to ignore.

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