Random thought: “I hate that word”

I hate it when people say “I hate that word” just after having used a word. If you hate it, don’t use it. If you just used it then accept the fact that it has some utility. It seems like such a cop-out.

I think I’ve seen the expression most often after the word blogosphere, but I just came across it for folksonomy as well.

I know, I know, now we can watch to see when I use this expression. I have no such plans though. If I hate it, I do my best to avoid it. Also, I may just have a different threshold regarding hateful sentiments toward words.

3 Responses to “Random thought: “I hate that word””

  1. scott Says:

    I don’t know. I think there could be a lot of reasons to dislike a word while still finding it effective in conveying meaning. I say blogosphere but I also have certain reservations about it; it sounds trite and fad-like and I think the um, blogosphere, is anything but! If there were another word to concisely convey the meaning “that part of the web which is comprised of blogs” then I’d probably use it instead. But even if there were such a word, it wouldn’t be as widely understood as blogosphere is. So, I’m stuck with it, hate and all.

  2. Jeremy Says:

    I do this with “synergy,” a word I hate but am forced by fate to use.

  3. Crizette Says:

    Mine is the word “pervert.” I dunno but I just hate the word yet I hear and even use that word. I don’t know how to describe “pervert” people in any other way. (See! I used the word again.)