Over the past few years I’ve come to to realise that I suffer from a severe case a word aversion, or logomisia if you want to be fancy. Logomisia is described as “strong dislike for a particular word (or type of word) based on its sound, meaning, usage, and/or associations.”
Here a few words and phrases that for some unknown reason I just can’t stand:
Moist: I think most people would agree with me on this one, it just sounds and is yuck.
Ointment: I think it’s because it sounds a bit like moist and also, no one wants to have to be putting ointment on themselves. It smells, it’s sticky and it means you’ve probably hurt yourself or have a skin condition.
Top Up: I don’t know why either, but say it out loud. See, it sounds weird right?
Ladle: It’s a serving spoon ok!
Touted: Every newbie and wannabe sports journalist in Australia loves this word. I think they think it makes them sound smarter, but no, it’s just annoying.
Mums and bubs: Another overused term here that makes me see red. Mother and child/baby sounds so much more appropriate and respectful to me.
Tot/Tiny Tot: Again, I think this just sounds like we’re trivialising children. They’re people, not pets!
Guesstimate: Guess and estimate mean pretty much the same things so you don’t need to squish them both together!
Amazeballs: I don’t think this needs any further explanation
Totes: If you ever try and tell me that something is “Totes Amazeballs” I don’t think it would be fair to hold me accountable for my actions.
This is just a very small selection of words and phrases that I just can’t stand, but there are definitely many more out there. If you can stand to type them out, let me know if you have any words or phrases that you just can’t stand!