5 Words I Hate…

And 5 Words I Love.

I  like language. Actually, I probably love language. Words are just plain fun and one of my favorite things to do is read the dictionary.

But, even though I love language, there are some words that I just do not enjoy. I think I love way more words than I hate, but I decided to make a list anyway.

1. Moist-It’s just “ewwwww” inducing for me. There’s no logical reason for my dislike.

2. Myriad-This word is over used. People try and use it to sound intelligent but it is often misused, negating the attempt.

3. Panties—They’re just underwear. You’re not fooling anyone with a fancy name.

4. Posthumously—I dislike this word out of bitterness. It’s a handy word but I can never say it correctly.

5. Ain’t-Maybe I’m old fashioned but I find no reason, apart from capturing a colloquial voice in fiction, for using this word.

Now, just like my Christmas songs post, I don’t want to be full of negativity.  Here are some words that I really enjoy.

1. Abhor-Hate is a strong word, abhor is stronger.

2.Precipice-It’s fun to say, particularly when paired alongside perched and precariously. He perched precariously upon the precipice.

3. Flit-Such a happy sounding word, and an accurate depiction of the way my thoughts move, if thoughts are capable of movement.

4. Anomaly-It’s unfortunate I cannot use this word with more regularity.

5. Inconceivable-Although, it’s possible that it doesn’t mean what I think it means.

How about you? Are there words that you abhor or adore?

Let me know! 



  1. Summer says:

    I hated panties, too, til a princess was born into our little kingdom. Now, even Daddy call’s em panties, Seriously, I AIN’T JOKIN’!!! xoxo

    • Jenny says:

      Oh man. I don’t know if I can do it. Good thing we have boys!

    • Emily says:

      This was going to be my comment! Yes, I was not an initial fan of the word, but the little girls in our house absolutely wear “panties”, especially while they are potty training. There’s just something extra motivating in the sentence, “I just KNOW you can keep those butterfly panties clean and dry!”

      Maybe boys need a fancy word too….? Something tough. 😉

  2. Katie says:

    My roommate in college hated the words moist, panties, and slacks. Put them in a sentence and it is vomit inducing. 🙂

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love the word panties! But I do have a house full of girls! Inconceivable gets used at our house too, but I am sure it doesn’t mean what I think it does.

  4. Lanae says:

    Haha Jenny, made me think of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlKxNpEarCk (Sorry, I just had to, lol!)

    One of my favorite words is tabernacle. It’s just SO much fun to say! 🙂

  5. Veronica Rudolph says:

    I don’t hate these words, but when overuse of them becomes so prevalent that it deteriorates their meaning, it’s not only a little annoying, but potentially detrimental:

    1) Awesome–I think should be used in it’s true meaning. In fact I try to reserve it to describe God and things that really take my breath away.
    Dictionary.com describes it as such: inspiring an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, or fear; causing or inducing awe: an awesome sight.
    Not for describing a nice haircut or a cute pair of “panties” (did that make it worse for you, Jenny? ; )

    2) Amazing–to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly.
    My observation is that the overuse of this word was popularized by TV to describe just about anything you like; but I like use it not to describe a delicious cup of coffee, but rather sparingly; so my friend who lost her husband and two youngest children in a car accident believes me when I tell her she’s an amazing mom.

    3) Perfect–as a perfectionist I resist the urge to beg to differ when it is used by the waitress to describe my food order, or by the receptionist to make my haircut appointment….and they like to say it over and over again during our short conversation. I wonder how the abuse of that word started.

    4) Love–a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. I’d like to expand by adding, “including actions that demonstrate this kind of affection, fickle feelings notwithstanding”. I am a culprit of occasionally using it to be emphatic about my feelings for something rather than someone. But trivializing the meaning in lieu of contemplation of it lead someone I know into a difficult marriage that resulted in a very painful divorce at the emotional expense of the child.

    5) “Holy cow, guacamole, cr**!”–I hope I don’t ever use that one again. I hear Christians say it to be emphatic. But again, it trivializes holiness, which I don’t want to trivialize, but aspire to.

    Words are powerful tools that I want to keep sharp in my vocabulary. ~Hebrews 4:12

  6. Veronica Rudolph says:

    whoops! Typo in the email address of my previous post.

  7. Veronica Rudolph says:

    Although I barely know you, Jenny, I am intrigued by your perspectives and wit. My rant above is no replacement for adult conversation with someone as interesting as yourself, and I hope I don’t sound too negative, but I do hope for opportunities to get to know you more!

    • Jenny says:

      You didn’t sound too negative. A little convicting maybe… 🙂 We should grab coffee sometime! I’m guessing you spelled my last name correctly, and I’ll have a friend request waiting when I come back to Facebook, so we can figure out a time in the next few weeks. Thanks for the comments!

  8. Veronica Rudolph says:

    I did indeed leave you a friend request on facebook and that’s where I saw your blog : ). Coffee, tea or even bubble tea sound very nice. My best availability on weekdays is after 3pm with the babe, or after 5:30pm without him. Saturday and Sunday afternoons work well too.

  9. Veronica Rudolph says:

    Feel free to email me directly ; )

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