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August 31, 2010

Two for Tuesday 8-31-10

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 8:43 am

One word I hate — “ain’t” Ain’t is the equivalent of the proverbial nails on a chalkboard to me. I cringe every time I hear it.

One phrase I love — “Thank you” IMHO this is an underused phrase. More strangers should say it to one another. Family and friends should be more generous with its usage.

So tell me what words/phrases do you love or hate?



  1. I hate the word “lets do it” when the sayer even himself or herself is not sure about the thing and will fall back on you (you sometimes know before it even starts)

    And i love genuinely said “can i help you?” because these words are becoming rarer.

    Comment by Jack Thomas — August 31, 2010 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  2. I absolutely agree – “thank you” is very underused. Also, “excuse me”. Hubby and I saw a play the other night and this guy walked in front of us while we were standing in line for a snack. Instead of “pardon me”, “excuse me”, or any other acknowledgement that we existed, he grunted! Grunting does not count! This happens at the movie theater all the time too. Someone passes within inches of you and they can’t say a simple excuse me??? Ok, now you’ve got me going. lmao

    p.s. Hubby and I say “thank you” to each other all the time – for the smallest things to the largest. Respect = big deal. Big, big deal.

    Comment by Joann — August 31, 2010 @ 3:10 pm | Reply

  3. “You’re welcome” is a phrase I love, and for some reason I don’t hear it much here in the U.S. I’m told by my American friends that “Uh huh” is the same as “You’re welcome,” but I do miss hearing “You’re welcome.”

    Phrase I hate: “I’m sorry”, but only when the person isn’t actually sorry. Why do people say it if they don’t actually mean it?

    Comment by Jenny — August 31, 2010 @ 4:38 pm | Reply

  4. Jack — You’re right. “Let’s” is often code for “why don’t you”

    Joann — I’m with you on “excuse me”. So rarely heard. So often needed.

    Jenny — Ha! “You’re welcome” is one of my favorite things about visiting Canada. (I’m easily pleased)

    Comment by love2wryte — August 31, 2010 @ 6:46 pm | Reply

  5. I don’t hear many people say or ask for forgiveness. Even apologies fall through the cracks. I’m beating it into my kids though. LOL

    Comment by Amy — August 31, 2010 @ 7:22 pm | Reply

  6. I HATE “whatever” and “wanna”.

    I love Thank You…I use it all the time, probably to the point of overuse. I always thank people. I love the word “endearing”, as well–it’s just such a beautiful tetm. I love endear, endearing…all of it. Oh and I love the word “AUTUMN” 🙂 sorry all you summer-lovers!

    so thank YOU Jen, for this thought provoking blog.

    Comment by RunningCompany — August 31, 2010 @ 9:04 pm | Reply

  7. I agree with everyone – ‘thank you’ and ‘excuse me’ could use a lot more mileage. I can’t stand ‘whatever’ – but the ones that really make me cringe are the euphemisms you hear all the time – like ‘downsizing’ which really means people are getting fired so the top brass can make more money, or ‘outsourcing’ which means jobs are probably going overseas, or lately ‘recovery’ which the media likes to use to make us think the recession is ending when it’s not.

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — September 1, 2010 @ 7:27 am | Reply

  8. Amy — But will you ask your kids for forgiveness after beating it into them? 😉

    Running — I am SO with you on AUTUMN — my favorite season by far. Cool air and crunching leaves I’m ready!

    Jennifer — Euphemisms are truly annoying. Good call!

    Comment by love2wryte — September 1, 2010 @ 7:52 am | Reply

  9. …..and I remembered the other “non-word” I ABSOLUTELY HATE! “irregardless”, when I worked in NYC a woman I worked with used it all the freaking time.(btw I love freaking,and freakin’ :). She used it over and over in my old office I think she was trying to impress the boss who is a MBA in English from Northwestern University.
    He laughed, I laughed every time…I wanted to hit her! We used to always yell across offices – is NOT a word, she to this day she probably still thinks it is. OY’! I overheard someone saying it today and I laughed made me think of your post.
    I agree with Jennifer also on those words like “downsizing” or “shock & awe” —eerrgggggghhhh! (i do not think errggghhh is a word, LOL!

    Comment by RunningCompany — September 1, 2010 @ 6:00 pm | Reply

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