Words that irk you


L Gilbert
#1
Everyone probably has words that irritate them.
A few of mine are kilometer when it's pronounced as clawmitter instead of kilometer, contrawversy instead of controversy, ruff instead of roof, crick instead of creek, tounge instead of tongue, groovy, phat, rad (a thing that keeps engines cool), irregardless instead of regardless, etc.
 
smilingfish
#2
Let me see if I'm the one who irritates you with these words....






No.
 
Blackleaf
#3
Words that irritate me are the really long words, such as "floccinaucinihilipilification (external - login to view)", which is the longest non-technical word in the English language.

Other horrible words are "Antidisestablishmentarianism (external - login to view)" (a nineteenth century movement in England opposed to the separation of church and state (external - login to view)) which, at 28 letters, is still in colloquial currency for being one of the longest words in the English language.

The longest word which appears in William Shakespeare (external - login to view)'s works is the 27-letter "honorificabilitudinitatibus (external - login to view)", appearing in Love's Labour's Lost (external - login to view). It looks like Latin but it's English.
 
Curiosity
#4
Words which are mispronounced incorrectly make me shake....

Surprisingly some words are now accepted even when they are mispronounced by so many they have become "the correct way to say the word".....

Two words which are famous:
REALTOR...... becomes RE - LA - TOR
FEBRUARY..... becomes FEB - U - ARY

Verbal slang used in the media has changed the way we speek....

GOING TO..... becomes GONNA
WANT TO......becomes WANNA

I guess as long as people understand what the word is - even when mispronounced - it isn't important
 
I think not
#5
The way Bush pronounces nuclear; nucular (or something to that effect)
 
Curiosity
#6
Hi ITN

Ha - Bush is the prime offender - can you believe the top of the heap talks like a high school drop out????

He was too easy for an example and thought if I put his name up we'd spend the rest of the topic writing "Bushisms"......

I also hate the way he pronounces EYE-RAK..... hee.

Happy and satisfying Christmas ITN - stay safe in the big city!!
 
ottawabill
#7
the ones that irrate me is when the CBC comes up with their own way of saying a word....

it was alway harrasment until the cbc started calling it "harris-ment" that drives me up the wall...

I know there's many others too but it's too early for me to think of them at the moment..

and I agree it's KILO metre on ki LOM etre..

Oh and on other.....in the U.S. they call it a ruff not a roof....can't stand that!!
 
sanctus
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Everyone probably has words that irritate them.
A few of mine are kilometer when it's pronounced as clawmitter instead of kilometer, contrawversy instead of controversy, ruff instead of roof, crick instead of creek, tounge instead of tongue, groovy, phat, rad (a thing that keeps engines cool), irregardless instead of regardless, etc.


I love "groovy", still use it from time to time...

But, words that really get under my skin when used around me..:

"network" or "networking"..hate that term all round when used in any capacity to do with discussions and/or dialogue or meeting new people.

"gay", instead of homosexual

"humankind", instead of mankind

"womyn" ,instead of woman/women

"spirituality" ,instead of faith

"how you doing?", when no one clearly expects an answer

"let's do lunch", something I eat, never "do"
 
ottawabill
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

I love "groovy", still use it from time to time...

But, words that really get under my skin when used around me..:

"network" or "networking"..hate that term all round when used in any capacity to do with discussions and/or dialogue or meeting new people.

"gay", instead of homosexual

"humankind", instead of mankind

"womyn" ,instead of woman/women

"spirituality" ,instead of faith

"how you doing?", when no one clearly expects an answer

"let's do lunch", something I eat, never "do"

Oh boy here we go!!!

Yep "spirituality drives me crazy....it's a term for people who don't want to commit!!

all the business terms..."do" lunch
take this off line
calling a board room a war room
happy seasonal greeting!!! aarrgghh the worst!!
calling financial services "products"
 
RomSpaceKnight
#10
I hate it when people say "I seen it with my own eyes." It's "I saw it with my own eyes." Or "I have seen it with my own eyes."
 
Curiosity
#11
Sanctus

Watch it fella - I like "humankind"..... why should women get left out of the all inclusive phrase???

Mankind is only one part of the species.
 
sanctus
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

Sanctus

Watch it fella - I like "humankind"..... why should women get left out of the all inclusive phrase???

Mankind is only one part of the species.


heh heh heh, but it is not a debate thread, I think. The question was "what words irk you"..and that word irks me..mankind stands for both sexes, traditionally
 
Sassylassie
#13
I hate the phrase: Think outside the box, I could crawl through the phone and beat the person to a pulp with my rolling pin. The phrase: You betcha, really annoying. The phrase: Um as I was saying, it's like finger nails going down a chalk board to me. People who call me Mon--i-KA, it's one word not a sentence.
 
Zzarchov
#14
I always find topics of pronunciation and spelling hilarious.

Its a little hypocritical, the concept of "Correct Spellings" is fairly new and frequently prone to change as the world and the people in it change. Its a little silly to use what previous generations would consider incorrect spelling, grammar and pronunciation then claim "This is the only correct way from now on". Im afraid it will never work that way.
 
mabudon
#15
Oooh- Harris-ment IS indeed annoying, good call

Another m=one, more of a pronunciation thing too, is the word "primer", for some reason over the past year or two, I've heard it pronounced "Primmer" and it gets to me for some reason

A pronunciation I find funny, too is "melk" instead of "milk", it doesn't so much bother me as I find it odd/funny

Actualy words I hate just for how they sound/look - hmm... infant, toddler, tot (honestly not a theme there) paint named "egshell" anything, debutante, and thye name of that musical act "Gnarls Barkley", for some reason I shiver when I hear it and promise to never utter the name aloud

Good topic, I'll keep my ears open for more fodder
 
RomSpaceKnight
#16
How about not spelling properly as color, honor or neighbor. AND IT IS ZED NOT ZEE.
 
Tonington
#17
Theres lots of phrases that irk me, like before Budweiser made that commercial I could stand "What's up?", now it's been twisted to "wassup", or just "sup". Drives me up the wall. Also that language Snoop Dogg made, shizzle izzle, I wanna blow out my brizzle. As far as spelling and grammar goes, we can thank Microsoft and Corel and the other spell checking bastards for bastardizing our language. Just like the calculator has replaced basic math functions, I even heard that schools aren't teaching the long division algorithm anymore.
 
ottawabill
#18
I know they are both rightr but I hate when they call spices herbs...it rubs me the wrong way it should be 'erbs

I hate hearing horrible renditions of French words from the U.S.

Foy- yer instead of Foyer
Potatoes oh GRAAAT'N

French spicy sausage Andouille pronounced Anne Deany
ARRGGHH!!

African Americans
Italian Canadians

aren't we all just Americans or Canadians??

and still the worst is Seasons Greetings...what season summer!!!
 
mapleleafgirl
#19
lots of my people in my age group-im 18-use words that really bug me that they get from american black people--like "yo"..."wassup".. "dude".. "******"...."and stuff like that. it gets on my nerves cos for the most part we are white people in canada and do not talk like that...know what i mean?
 
ottawabill
#20
can you tell me what being white has to do with talking black?? It's a skin colour....

what can you tell by my writing if I am black, white, Chinese, Indian??

I will agree that bringing whatsup etc into the written language is likely not a good thing but it's not racial... Have you ever called someone a schmuck....shouldn't use that word unless you are Jewish..it's yiddish!!!
 
tracy
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by CuriosityView Post

He was too easy for an example and thought if I put his name up we'd spend the rest of the topic writing "Bushisms"......

I also hate the way he pronounces EYE-RAK..... hee.

Maybe that's just a Texas thing. My best friend here is from Dallas and she pronounces it the same way . Her brother served in Eye-rak.

I hate it when people end sentences with at, as in "where you be at?".
 
ottawabill
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by tracyView Post

Maybe that's just a Texas thing. My best friend here is from Dallas and she pronounces it the same way . Her brother served in Eye-rak.

I hate it when people end sentences with at, as in "where you be at?".

Should start another thread for Bushisms!!!

I hate the way he says terrorist...more like tourist....he'd better look out I hear there's loads of tooooorist folks still in New York
 
tracy
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by ottawabillView Post

Should start another thread for Bushisms!!!

I hate the way he says terrorist...more like tourist....he'd better look out I hear there's loads of tooooorist folks still in New York

I actually like Bushisms. I sound a lot like him by morning when I'm at work so I sympathize with him.
 
ottawabill
#24
I have a whole year calander of Bushisms!! too funny
 
m_levesque
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by ottawabillView Post

can you tell me what being white has to do with talking black?? It's a skin colour....

what can you tell by my writing if I am black, white, Chinese, Indian??

I will agree that bringing whatsup etc into the written language is likely not a good thing but it's not racial... Have you ever called someone a schmuck....shouldn't use that word unless you are Jewish..it's yiddish!!!

I have teenagers, and I believe what she is referring to is the use of "gangster rap language" by may of our young. As I undestand it, mapleleafgirl has a valid point, young urban middle class white kids in Toronto talking like they were ghetto blacks in New York-dosen't sound right at all.
 
L Gilbert
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by smilingfishView Post

Let me see if I'm the one who irritates you with these words....






No.

Nope.
 
m_levesque
#27
I find it very irksome when some men call me "bro" or "brother". I expect them to have long hair and wearing peace symbols for that kind of talk. Or the still too common "man"..hate it.
 
L Gilbert
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by sanctusView Post

heh heh heh, but it is not a debate thread, I think. The question was "what words irk you"..and that word irks me..mankind stands for both sexes, traditionally

Quite right. And it's meant to be a light-hearted thread, with pet peeves and no major bitchin', but, that's just my preference and far be it for me to actively consciously exert influence over people.
 
Curiosity
#29
Bushisms

George Bush may have a home in Texas but his brother speaks beautifully and his mother has a wonderful command of the English language and she is a northeaster.

His father has no trouble speaking English either - and it is becoming to a president to at least try to drop the colloquialisms for the four or eight years one is in office.

If he was still Governor of Texas he could twang longhorn lingo all he wants ... but he represents a nation comprised of many people and I think "non identifiable contemporary English" would be best.

His mother should have hit him upside the head for all his cowboy mannerisms....hayseed stuff and it's so phony because he's no more a cowboy than some of the actors on television.
Last edited by Curiosity; Dec 21st, 2006 at 02:39 PM..
 
Curiosity
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Quite right. And it's meant to be a light-hearted thread, with pet peeves and no major bitchin', but, that's just my preference and far be it for me to actively consciously exert influence over people.

I'm not major bitchin' I'm giving Sanctus a bad time - in a fun way - as was the way in which Sanctus took it.

The topic isn't important enough to generate some heavy adrenaline surges over. I would never win a deep argument with Sanctus anyway!
 

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