I love lists. Perhaps it is a byproduct of my attempts to get my ADD son and my own overheating brain on track — regardless, I’m a big fan of the bullet points. So here’s my first list for this blog.
Words I Love:
Lunchbox: The sounds in this word remind me of the sounds the old metal ones would make when you closed the lid and snapped the latch shut. Especially after they got a tiny bit rusty and squeaky.
Effluvia: It kills me that this word means “something stinky” when the word itself is so lyrical. It should mean sparkly clean swirling water, not sewage plant side effects.
Words I Hate:
Incentivize: Or pretty much any other noun that people think they can make into a verb by adding “-ize” on the end. The worst of these I’ve seen recently was where someone suggested an item be “containerized.” Seriously? Learn English, people.
Veggie, or veg: This is a popular word among a certain breed of PTA moms. “Veggie platters” are a perennial request for volunteers to provide at events. I don’t know why I hate it so much; maybe it’s too close to “vag” for my liking, or maybe it’s just too cute. A cauliflower by any other name (even one ending in the diminutive -ie,) will create just as much effluvia, know what I mean?
What words do you love and/or hate?