I’d have plenty of opinion-imposing to do if the world was mine to rule, but one of my early decrees would be to ban this list of my
Top Ten Most Cringe-Worthy Words:
1. Teat. I hate this word even when it’s the right word for the conversation (e.g. at a dairy). I double-hate the slangy word that sounds like “teat” that is NEVER the right word for the conversation, in my opinion.
2. Ain’t. And I don’t care if it’s in the dictionary.
3. Ginormous. Giant is a perfectly appropriate word, as is enormous. Put them together, and you are Buddy the Elf. It really perplexes me to hear this word more frequently in conversation, used by people who expect to be taken seriously. It’s really irratannoying.
4. Uvula. I’m sure there’s a great Latin root word in there that explains everything, but I don’t know it. Meanwhile, this word just sounds obscene.
5. Fart. Why are we talking about this, anyway? Of all the words for flatulence, this is my least favorite.
6. Any word to describe what you just did in the bathroom. While we’re on the subject…
7. Tendril. I don’t have problems with tendrils themselves, but this word gives me the willies. Something about “en” being in such proximity to”dr” just feels wrong.
8. Whatthe–. I’m with First Lady Margaret Kramer from My Fellow Americans on this one: If you’re going to say it, go for the gold. If it’s not the right place or the right time, stick with the always-proper “what in the world!?” and don’t try to look more Bad-“A” than you really are.
9. Epic. This is actually a great word. But it’s so overused that it means nothing these days. Unless you want to say this is an epic blog.
10. Anyways. Somewhere along the way I learned that this word should never have the “s” at the end. Since then, I’ve seen it in reputable printed contexts that have made me wonder if this is really a hard-and-fast rule, but I can’t get over the cringing. It’s “anyway”!