Interesting item on a telly programme yesterday about logomisia which is a personal dislike of certain words. Of course, it is quite irrational really, to dislike certain words, and I expect Sigmund Freud would have a field day with folks who exhibit such tendencies, but for a bit of fun I had a think about words that make my skin creep.
I can offer no rational explanation for the following choices but here, in no particular order, are my bete noires of the lexical world:
1) slather - I can cope with lather,yet pop an 's' on the front and I feel quite nauseous.
2) portion - no idea. What's wrong with the word 'piece?'
3) roast - but only when used as a noun instead of a verb, as in, 'We're having a roast on Sunday.' No, you're not! You're having a roasted dinner, and you will have roasted potatoes with it, NOT roasties, AND if the weather is hot you do NOT go outside for a roast. Okay?'
4) quit - just makes me 'Grrrrrrr!'
5) learning curve - okay, bit of a cheat here. The word 'learning' is fine, and so is 'curve' but when they are joined in psychobabble matrimony they make me laugh a hollow and cynical laugh.
6) robust - especially when used by senior managers and politicians and local government officers.
7) fondant - but that could be because I just don't like it, in which case I'll chuck in rice pudding and pomegranate, too.
And that's about it, really. Not as much of a nutcase as I originally thought I was going to be.
I asked Andy what his cringe words were and he could only think of one which was problematic. The actual word was 'problematic,' not it was a problem coming up with a word. He couldn't explain it either, beyond some waffle about a Doctor Who fan forum.
So there we go. Anyone else got any bugbear words?
Finally, today has been a lazy day, following a very busy and mildly stress-making week. It has been freeeeezing cold outside so perfect for a bit of housework pottering followed by a lot of sewing. And some reading. And some internet house shopping. Lovely and relaxing.
Right, back to the patchwork quilt, I think.