January 30, 2017

Words I Want to Ban From My Vocab

There’s one thing that I have been thinking out loud (in my head) and how I would cringe each time I hear those words.

They have been repetitively amplified such that I cannot bear to hear or use those words anymore. So much so that I feel that the true meaning of what these words truly mean have lost their authenticity. 

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Source: Tagul dot com

See that? I’m cringing as I typed these: 

  • Tremendous
  • Terrific
  • Fantastic
  • Beautiful
  • Wonderful
  • Amazing
  • Fabulous
  • Great

These days, the sheer innocent stumble of those words while reading or overhearing multiple times over from audiovisual channels annoy me. I am even refraining myself to use them because I just.cannot.bear.to.use.them.anymore.

Say enough and and they sound fake. Repeat them some more and they mean nothing. Maybe that’s just the cynic in me talking. 

Then I’ve got the visuals of those hand gestures and pouty mouth stuck in my head. I have personally found them to be obscene. I cringe and I shudder.  Add them all up to those words and I feel like I’ve been assaulted.

Every where I turned, I am reminded of how annoyingly fake people can be. And how misleadingly dangerous those words can be.     

Yet in their truest terms, these words are so much more. In a sincere and genuine situation, simple words like those mean a lot. And they should. Perhaps, they need to be used sparingly.Where should we draw the line?  

Funny how this bothers me for over some weeks now. At least enough for me to contemplate to scrape the word “Fabulous” from my regular weekly Friday Flavours or substitute that with something else.

If I have been conscious of using those words before, I am even more conscious of using them now. Those are the words I want to ban from my own dictionary…but can’t.

Because to me, those words are not flippant. They mean something and when used I mean what I say


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  1. Who is in a pissy mood now? Ha ha ha ๐Ÿ˜›
    You’re right, too much of a good thing is not good. We have enough cliches, let’s be original! Stay fabulous, hehe, I mean extraordinary! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love you

    • :p nahh..not pissy. Just thinking. My mind was going on an overdrive..probably from being a news junkie!
      Extraordinary is a good word. For now. Until it’s being over-used again. :p xoxo.

  2. Overuse deflates the power. That’s kinda like why the “F” word is slowly becoming acceptable. It’s power is starting to wear off. It works the same for positive words. Never thought of it that way until now!

    • Aha! The F word still has its place; and it does get annoying if it comes after every 2 words said.
      Glad it sparked off some thoughts for you, Eric!

  3. First of all: I just found your blog, and I LOVE your theme! I love all things grungy and watercolour-y. Really nice looking!

    I can’t agree with you more about words being used too much. I do use the word fabulous quite a lot (in writing, mostly) but I totally agree about the fact that they lose their meaning, and that people just use them without meaning them, especially when they write blogs. There are actually some words that I’ve stopped using just because I see them too much on blogs.
    I’m glad you didn’t mentioned the word “brilliant” there, LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Hello, Susanne! Such kind words! Thanks you. ๐Ÿ™‚

      The only reason “brilliant”did not make it there because that orange dude has not used the word brilliant a lot. So that’s a safe word for now. LOL. I’m guilty of using that too, come to think of it. But because he did not say it, it was not top of mind.

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Happy to have you here! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • LOL, haha, ok, then I understand. “The orange dude”, hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚

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