Hello everyone. I love language and the written word in particular ( I write a blog, therefore I am a writer). I have always loved reading and am never happier than when I have my nose buried in a good book. Also because I’m a bit deaf, the written word has give me access to things that I would otherwise miss out on, subtitles on the telly being a prime example.
The history of words fascinates me too. Language is not static, it is an active thing that grows and changes over time. Popular forms of entertainment and media have always had a great influence on language, just look at the way Shakespeare influenced modern language. Seriously, check out This Page to see how many of the phrases we use today were penned by the Baird.
Today the internet has a huge influence on language. Every year new words are added to the English dictionary that started their life on the internet. Many of these words are fabulous, for example in August 2015 the words Manspreading ( when a man spreads his legs while sitting on public transport) and Hangry ( the anger you feel when hungry) were added to the Oxford dictionary.
But by the gods of Twitter, there are certain new words used regularly on social media that make me want to rip my eyes out ( ok, a slight exageration, but I really do not like them).
Meaning – Babe or Baby
Bae is actually an acronym, Before Anyone Else. I suppose it can be seen as quite a sweet sentiment, but really……No. There are plenty of soppy sweet words that can be used for a love one, this one is just not needed.
Meaning – Totally
Totes is an example of a shortened version of a word. These shortened words are becoming more popular these day. Other examples include Emosh (emotional) and Wel Jel (well jealous). The words have entered the English language due to programs like T.O.W.I.E. I will admit I’ve never seen the program, but I’ve seen Joey Essex, Mark Wright and Gemma Collins on various different TV shows, and I do like them (how could you not like Joey, he is like a puppy). However the words they use are regional adaptations ( Essex speak) and have no place in written language. So unless you were born in Essex, live in Essex and are speaking to someone else from Essex please stop using them.
Meaning – A Tip
Hack is a word that has many different meanings. It can be a nasty cough, a rough heavy blow, an unqualified professional or even to gain unauthorised access to a computer system. What is does not mean is a tip or shortcut. And yet the internet is awash with ‘Life Hacks’ these days. Tips for getting things done quickly or cheaply. While I’m not adverse to finding new ways of doing things that might save me a bit of time, please just call them what they are, tips!
Meaning – Gorgeous
Gorgeous is a fabulous word. Just look at all those vowels. In the olden days ( before spell check) people may have accidentally spelt it wrong, but there is no excuse, NONE at all for this spelling of the word. It is a deliberate dumbing down of the english language, and I am happy to admit I will don my Judgey McJudge hat and cast sentence on anyone who uses it.
Meaning – Crazy
I have saved the worst one till last. This is a word that beyond all others that I hate. I understand that any word that’s used to talk about someone’s mental health can be used in an insulting way, but this particular word, which is often used by people in relation to their own or other peoples depression or anxiety seems ( to me) to be particularly bad. It reminds me of the type of speech that some adults used with very young children ‘oh was my itty bitty baba feeling a bit cray cray today’. It has no place in adult conversations about serious and debilitating conditions.
So these are the five words in the modern English language that I hate the most. This is of course just my personal opinion. Are there other words you hear regularly that you really don’t like? Do you use any of the words in my list?
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