Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Words That Bother Me

Spouse. Sounds like louse. Not a great association in conjunction with your beloved.

Segue. Sounds like Seg plus Way. I got tired of this word in 3.2 seconds after it came into vogue. Dislike it for much the same reasons as the next word, which is

Foyer. It's a nice enough word when it's Foy-uhr, but when a real estate agent is showing a house and suddenly the entrance upgrades from being a Foy-uhr to a FWAH-yayy, it's just too too affected-sounding. And speaking of real estate agents, that reminds me of

Realtor. Should be REAL plus TER. But I declare that 99.876% of the time, it gets pronounced REAL-UH-Terrr. (Notice how nicely the last word Seque-ed to this one...??)

I have other pet peeve words, but none that's been such a long-standing one (or two, in this case) as

Penal Farm. Hopefully, I don't have to explain why.

So there they are. There are plenty more, and I'll add em as I think of them.

What are your pet peeve words? Your favorites??

There are also words I love...

Words like:


to name a few...

And now I have to go. We're going out to dinner tonight, and my spouse is waiting for me in the FWAH-yay...

1 comment:

Granny Sue said...


You guys are a hoot. It sounds so much like here--he's in bed by 9pm, I'm up til midnight, he wants to sleep and I want to talk. Ah middle age!