Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Just Words?

Words are so powerful and yet they are just words.  Words shouldn't hurt, annoy, make you smile or do stupid things and yet they do.  Words can be the elephant in a room.

I'm one of those silent types that likes to sit back and listen to others and drink in all of those words.  There are a couple of words and phrases that I've heard and read in books lately that make me want to put my head through a wall and wash my brain with bleach.  They must go away.  Now.  To wit:

Bitches.  Who sent out the memo that it was okay for women to refer to each other as bitches?  As if this is some kind of endearing term?  Please, go away.  Totally cringe-worthy for me.

She has to put her big girl panties on.  Ugh.  I see this and it's like nails on a chalkboard.  I've lost count of how many times I've read this phrase (or something like it) in books lately.  Be gone, please.

On the flipside, there are a couple lately that I really like: 

Adorbs. I think I've heard this uttered by most of the teenage girls in my 'hood.  For some reason, when I hear this spoken, it makes me smile.  My 16-year old niece says it constantly and, well, I adore her.

That's so random.  I had to ask my nephew what this meant when I first heard it.  He used it a lot but could barely explain its meaning and yet he knew the feeling it evoked.  I love it.  It's so...yada yada yada.  It's kind of like the present-day yada yada yada.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.  Any words and phrases that make you smile or drive you flippin' crazy?

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Karen Jones Gowen said...

A cliche is a cliche, even when the person using it is trying to be cool and with it. Still a cliche. The ones that annoy me are girls hugging themselves. It's showing up everywhere to signify stress, unease, fear. Quit hugging yourselves you skinny, fearful girls! It's a cliche dammit!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I must be out of the loop on the bitches thing.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

'Oh, slap my face'...always makes me grin.

'He stood up'...drives me nutz. Can anyone stand down? Can they!

Liz A. said...

Yeah, the "big girl panties" thing bugs me so much. I also I sick of "think outside of the box".

DEZMOND said...

couldn't agree more with all of this, and I'm the same type as you... me speaketh only when me has wise things to declare to the world :)

Lydia Kang said...

Yeah, I don't like those two phrases either. They really bug me!

Danette said...

I am totally out of the loop on the big girl panties but the moment I read it in your post, I hated it. I hope I NEVER come across that phrase ever, ever again.

And I'm with you on "bitch" too.

Trisha said...

I would soooo enter this contest if it was more international than it is :) Good luck to all who enter!

I mostly know people in their 20s who say "Adorbs". My own version of the original word is "Adoraboo", because instead of "beautiful" I tend to say "bootipoo" (with more of a "beutepeu" pronunciation) and that sort of led me to "adoraboo".

okay, shutting up now. ;)