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What’s Your Favorite Word?

Following my recent post about annoying words, I thought I’d change it up for this Monday Question.

Instead of a question about books, let’s talk about words. We’ve all talked about words we hate, but what are some words you love? Read more

7 (Even More!) Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

It’s been awhile since I’ve reflected on annoying words.

I’ve labeled quite a few words as annoying—like these, and these, and these too. Then there’s also those disgusting words and the words I can’t spell. I’ll even admit to liking some words. How about that?

But today I present to you my latest batch of annoying words that should die a terrible death. These words are so annoying they make me want to punch a kitten.

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What’s Your Signature Word?

Matthew Malady wrote an interesting column for Slate last week about “signature words.” He says a signature word is basically a word we unknowingly use often in order to make ourselves appear smarter than we are.

He explains his word of choice as “iteration.” Read more

This Video Is Totally, Like, Cool.

A lot of people seemed to like last Monday’s post about Taylor Mali’s hilarious video The The Impotence of Proofreading, so I thought I’d share another one of his thoughts on the dumbing down of the English language.

This one is, like, totally, cool…whatever.  Read more

Your Burger Isn’t Awesome. It Just Isn’t.

I have a thing for words. I’ve written about terrible words, annoying words, more annoying words, even more annoying words, happy words, and even difficult-to-spell words. Words are awesome.

Wait a minute. I just said “awesome”–which is one of our culture’s most overused, filler, meaningless words right now. Honestly, I probably say “awesome” way too often–and if I actually thought about what the word meant, I wouldn’t say it near as much.

Here’s an uncensored, profanity-laced rant from Louis C.K. about how we waste words like awesome. Sorry for the profanity, but it’s spot on. Read more

The World’s Trickiest Tongue Twister

It’s definitely not “She sells seashells by the seashore.”

So what is the world’s trickiest tongue-twister?

According to MIT researcher Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel (speaking of tongue twisters), the world’s trickiest tongue-twister is this:

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10 ways to lose 100 blog followers in 1 sentence.

I’m not trying to do that today, by the way.

I just thought, you know, that words are powerful, and a lot of us make instant judgments, both good and bad, after just a sentence or two or reading. First impressions apply to blogs too.

So what are some opening sentences that might turn your readers away quickly?

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