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

It’s been awhile since I’ve done this. Well over a year ago, in fact. Here’s part one and part two of my annoying words series, if you’re interested.

I guess I’ve needed a while to soak in the culture, mostly internet culture, and determine what words and phrases grate on my word bones, whatever that means.

Today’s batch might not be as recognizable as my previous two posts, but just sayin’. And, yes, I know that two of these aren’t actually words—they’re phrases—but whatevs. That’s just how I roll.

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

Today’s post continues a loose series of unintelligible nonsense in which I dig into some annoying words and/or phrases that simply grate my nerves.

For a refresher, check out my first post on annoying words.

You may love these words and phrases and use them often. If so, I’ll apologize in advance. I might offend you. But I hope you’ll keep reading my blog. Because I like books, and you like books, so let’s like books together.

Besides, words are so silly. Who needs them anyway? So, at the very least, we should ban the following 7 words and phrases:

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7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

Time Magazine recently released a list of 15 words that should die in 2012. The list included some rather annoying, trendy words and phrases from 2011—like baby bump, occupy (wait, wasn’t that Time’s word of the year?), bro (as in “bromance” and “bro date”), and sexting.

Those, indeed, are extremely annoying words. But I think I can do better. As an avid book reader, writer, and Twitterererer, I’d like to think I know a few things about words.

So, with a tip of the cap to our friends at Time, I present 7 trendy words or phrases that should die a miserable death in 2012. (Of note, this list is different from the words that make me cringe—which are time-honored words that have been auditory nuisances since they were first spoken).

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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

Fall Break Is In Effect

Hey friends. I’m taking a little fall vacation for the next few days.

101 Books will return with new posts on Tuesday.

Until then, enjoy some of the “greatest hits” from the past: 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 Top 10 Posts From 2013

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

Today is my last post of 2013. I’ll be back posting live on January 6, which will make this my longest hiatus since I started 101 Books. But I think it will be worth it, plus no one really reads book blogs during Christmas anyway, right?

To cap off the year, I thought I’d take a look back at the top posts of 2013. You think that would be easy, right? But it’s something I struggle with because, when I say “top posts,” does that mean my favorite posts, your favorite posts, or just the posts with the highest traffic?

Usually, when I do this, I pick the posts that are my favorites. Today, though I’m just going to let the numbers do the talking.

Here are the top 10 NEW posts (in terms of page views) on 101 Books in 2013. I didn’t include posts from before this year that might have received higher traffic. These are NEW posts only:

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8 Generic Blog Post Ideas That (Usually) Work

Ever run dry on ideas for blog posts?

When you’re writing a daily blog, coming up with content for every day can be difficult. Every now and then, you might want to quit brainstorming for a bit and fall back on a post template that works.

That’s why I’m here to help.

Most of these post “templates” are pretty common—some even to the point of cliché. I didn’t create them, but I have been known to use one or two when I’m trying to think up new content.

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#2 In 2012

From Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, I’ll be recapping the top 5 posts from 2012 on 101 Books. 101 Books will return live on January 2nd, 2013!

Today’s post, “7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death,” was originally posted on March 2. 

#2 In 2012: 7 Annoying Words That Should Die A Horrible Death

Time Magazine recently released a list of 15 words that should die in 2012. The list included some rather annoying, trendy words and phrases from 2011—like baby bump, occupy (wait, wasn’t that Time’s word of the year?), bro (as in “bromance” and “bro date”), and sexting.

Those, indeed, are extremely annoying words. But I think I can do better. As an avid book reader, writer, and Twitterererer, I’d like to think I know a few things about words.

So, with a tip of the cap to our friends at Time, I present 7 trendy words or phrases that should die a miserable death in 2012. (Of note, this list is different from the words that make me cringe—which are time-honored words that have been auditory nuisances since they were first spoken).

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