7 Obnoxious Words & Phrases

I’m not a purist by any means in this regard; most certainly when it comes to nitpicking over what constitutes “proper” spelling or correct grammar (despite having a reputation as a “Nazi” when it comes to such things), but the extent to which the language is now commonly being abused is distressing to say the least.

George Orwell brilliantly catalogued the various “swindles and perversions” of the English language with his usual astute precision 65 years ago in an utterly scathing essay on the subject that I believe should be required reading in every high school. Presuming that is, such skills are still extant in a world now largely characterized by cryptic text messages and circumscribed blurbs registering140 characters or less.

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5 responses to “7 Obnoxious Words & Phrases

  1. JAWL

    U R missing a _ < 140

  2. ASME

    This man is correct. I’m going to add a couple more. “I seen” meaning I have seen and “it’s gone away” meaning cancelled, lost, deleted or disappeared. The very worst is…..”like”. Like I went to the show and like there was like this man sitting in front of like me. Like he had like a bad oder like don’t care.

  3. Marcie

    Whoever came up with that ridiculous word BABYBUMP!?!

  4. ER

    “good job!” said whenever a child does the smallest thing
    “good boy! (or girl) said whenever a dog does the smallest thing
    “space” said on HGTV instead of “room” example, this is a nice space instead of this is a nice room.
    “cool” instead of nice, good
    “Fact of the matter” used by politicians

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