If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?
I am trying to think of my word pet peeves and I have a few, the word “ain’t” has long been a peeve of mine and when they decided to allow it into the dictionary, I wasn’t very happy about it. I also cringe when I hear the word “like” used in a sentence several times replacing a myriad of other words to describe whatever is being talked about. I realize that I am not the writer who should be in charge of criticizing others, I know that I make my fair share of mistakes, but I do take the time to try to speak as well as I can, if only because the English language is a pretty one and why shouldn’t it be used to its best advantage?
What else is there? Oh I almost forgot to mention the phrase “you know what I mean?” at the end of a train of thought, as a means to explain the aforementioned thought. I am often tempted to say “No, I don’t know what you mean” if only to move them to explain themselves clearly. My best friend’s husband said it almost at the end of every sentence he uttered and I finally started saying “no, I don’t” I gave up because he simply ignored me after awhile and kept doing it, so I started to tune it out. My poor best friend, the poor dear, after I pointed it out, she couldn’t help but notice and now she is forced to endure it because it drives her nuts as well. I couldn’t believe it, but before I had mentioned it, she hadn’t noticed it, his words just flew right by. I wondered what that meant, did she just agree with him because she was in love or was she not really paying attention because she was too busy, she didn’t have an answer when I asked her about it. After awhile we had a good laugh about it and how you couldn’t teach an old dog new tricks. I asked her if we were being too harsh on her husband, she thought for a few minutes about it and said no.