Skip to main content

Five words to avoid using if you want to sound smart (blog marathon post 8)




Are there any words that you hate for absolutely no reason at all? Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to words or usages?

I do! And these are just personal idiosyncrasies. They have no logic, no reason, no rhyme. I certainly wouldn't be able to explain why I feel this way towards certain words, but I do. (poor word--it's not your fault word; We just aren't meant to be together. It's not you, it's me :-) )

Here are a few words which instantly make me  freeze the moment I hear some person use it.

1. 'Cool': I have no problems with the word Cool when it is used to describe a climatic condition (The cool breeze felt like a soft caress against my face)  or the temperature of a drink (The cool water quenches his thirst) . I also have no problems when it is used to indicate that you admire a person or a thing. (He is so cool.  You can do the headstand? That is so cool!) But I have a big problem when people use it as a response to something you said.
'I will get back to you soon.'
'Cool'.  (No--Hot! Please be a little warm and say thank you)
'I will see you tomorrow.'
'Cool'. (What cool? Say 'That would be terrific')

2. Wifey/Hubby: I see this all the time. 'Hubby' sounds like an overgrown baby. Wifey sounds like an Internet connection that's gone stale :P Now now--calm down folks. I know people who use it, use it with a lot of love. They use it as a term of endearment.  But me? Silly, eccentric me---I abhor those two words. Your 'wifey' is not "YOURS" even though you married her. She is her own person. Your 'hubby' doesn't 'belong' to you.
I know people who use it do not see it the way I see it. To me, it seems like you are trivializing a powerful relationship by reducing it to wifey-hubby. Illogical to feel this way, I know! :)   But hey, who said feelings have logic. Just a quirk of mine. You are free to use it if you so please. You may wifey your wife or hubby your husband all you like. But please don't foist it on me.

3. 'Like': Again, when you say 'I like Game of Thrones' or I like Pizza', I have no problem. But when I hear teenagers use it after every word in a sentence, or use it as a substitute to a  full stop, it annoys me big time.
'I was like you got to be kidding me bro; Dude she was like I have to tell you, and it was like...and like, like, like...and you know like....'
Please don't like. Just say what you mean!

4. "Boss/ Dawg': Why call someone Boss?! Are they employing you and paying your salary? If you do not know their name, ask. They will love you for it. And who is a 'Dawg'?! Please!

5. Aunty: I hear this all the time, meant as a derogatory insult for women. If a woman is driving slowly, you hear a 'hey aunty'. If a woman doesn't meet up to the standards of 'hotness' inside an Indian Male's head, she is an aunty. Also I have a problem when you are above the age of ten and you call me aunty, if you do not know me. If you are a friend of my children, I would love to be your aunty. But if you are not, then please ask me what to call me. (I know so many are uncomfortable to call an elder person by their first name. Indian culture of respect and all that.) If you wish to know why I feel strongly about the word 'Aunty' you can read this piece (a favourite of mine)  by Shobha Tharoor Srinivasan.


_______________________________________
Like my blog? Check out my books: http://preeti.io/amazon





 

Comments

  1. I too hate the "like" among the teenagers. And this post takes me back to one of your older posts where you had mentioned how you dislike the way people use shortcuts while texting. U, coz, r and etc etc.

    I love the way you respect the language ma'am.

    ReplyDelete
  2. This is great. I liked each and every word of this piece of blog. At the end i was thinking why did this blog end. Your blogs are truly top class. Thanks again.

    ReplyDelete
  3. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Absolutely! Another word I personally dislike-- "house wife" !!!! I really hate the usage of that word and also when people label an artist who works from home, a "house wife" !!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh yes. I dislike that word too!

      Delete
  5. Nice blog mam i love ur books too and i have also started a blog plz readhttps://mydreamerblogaddress.blogspot.in

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your leaving a comment! Okay--I appreciate your leaving a comment if you have something nice to say ;-)

Popular posts from this blog

Preeti Shenoy--New novel releasing soon!

Preeti Shenoy--Cover releaseCountdown
There's some exciting news for you :) My new novel is releasing in November. The pre-order link will be up on October 7th.

The cover  (and the title) will be unveiled for the very first time in Birmingham UK.
I am a keynote speaker at the Birmingham Literature Festival.



Desi Blitzwhich is Britain's  award winning, leading  Asian web-magazine, has been co-ordinating the whole event, and have been corresponding with me over the last many months to make this happen.




I am very very excited about it. I will be travelling to UK in October. I used to live in UK, andone of my novels features Norwich, the place where I used to live.
(Yes, I will be travelling to Norwich too, later, after the cover release).

You can watch the unveiling of the cover --LIVE by following myFacebook author page. (Hover over 'like' and enable 'see first' to not miss any notification)
You can also follow the page as there will be a lot of fun stuff happenin…

A hundred little flames--new novel from Preeti Shenoy.

Greetings from Birmingham. I type this with a stunning view of the boating canals in Birmingham.


 We had the cover launch of my new novel yesterday at Birmingham, as a part of the Birmingham Literature Festival.

The event was in association with DesiBlitz, which is an award winning web magazine, in UK  for British Asians.
They had carried alovely interview with me some days back. DO READ it.

The entire event of yesterday, was telecast live on Facebook. I have read from my new novel! :)

 I have also read from It's All In the Planets. If you watch the whole telecast, you will see how different the writing approach and the writing styles are in the two books.

I am grateful that the event was a roaring success and that people turned up in  large numbers.


Meanwhile at @LibraryofBham@preetishenoy signs many, many books after her event. #BLF17pic.twitter.com/Aw3ISbHA14 — Birmingham Lit Fest (@BhamLitFest) October 7, 2017


If you have missed the live telecast you can watch it on my author…

Incest-- a taboo

My post for today would probably seem shocking to many. I have written about Incest, and my views on it, in detail. If you click on the above image it should enlarge.

If you are unable to read it even after you enlarge it, then please see  here.


_______________________________
check out my books: http://preeti.io/a