Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Word Allergies...

Inspired by Andrea's blog post I have also decided to list the words that I am allergic to...

Sustainable/sustainability (It is now often being used to promote the status quo rather than bring about needed radical change)

It's all good (I think this one is being phased out but I always hated it)

family/Christian values (there is no such thing/s)

cot (referring to an adult's bed)

Little Lady, The Missus (Mrs), The boss (all in reference to one's wife)

hubby

Frickin (in my opinion this word sounds more angry and vulgar than fuck)

stay-at-home-mum and working-mum (these are just dumb and irresponsible. A stay-at-home mum also works and a working mum also works at home.)

What are your word allergies?



16 comments:

byron said...

Who says 'cot'?

I'm with you on the first one in particular: watch the death of a useful word before your very eyes...

michael jensen said...

Yeah down with the discourse of values!

Emma said...

I hate the word

"properly"

and I think

"trampoline" should have been replaced long ago with a word that is a lot more fun...

Rachel said...

well my mum says 'cot' but she grew up in the bush (even used to ride a horse to school!) so that is her excuse.

I have also realised that I've used 'sustainable' to describe the property where we live on this blog. Mmm maybe I will call it 'eco-living' education site (though that to me sounds like a yuppy house and we're far from that) .

I could write a whole post about the non-existence of family/christian values but I don't think it will be anything that any of you have come across/thought before etc.

yes maybe a trampoline shpould be called bounceintheairmachine...

andrew said...

Un-Australian

byron said...

trambampoline?

values: yes, too voluntarist - assumes that what is good is a matter of personal preference to be created by our will (hence 'voluntarism'), rather than something created and revealed by God.

andrew said...

Ah Rachel,

Its all good:

I was lying awake in my fickin cot last night pondering whether the Missus would prefer to be a stay-at-home-mum or a working-mum.

'Yikes!' thought I, 'Perhaps the little lady's family values would force me (the hubby) to be the boss and wear the pants!'

It's just not sustainable ...

andrew said...

Ah frick, I can't even spell 'frick'.

Rachel said...

hahaha andrew. I'm laughing in my office so I think people may be wondering if the counsellor has lost it herself! Yeah what is it anyway? frick frig freak? who cares. it's gross!

nic said...

i'm allergic to the word 'partner' when used to describe a person in a romantic relationship... nothing less romantic (or more ambiguous) if you ask me. aaaaah! it brings me out in linguistic hives! puke!

hehe that was quite dramatic.

Jen M said...

"Lady-doctor"

And yes, I have been referred to as one...

urgh...makes me go all a-shiver...

Rachel said...

funny story with the word 'partner' a student that i was supervising on her placement was positive that my collegue was gay. when I asked her why she said "well you don't exactly call your boyfriend your partner"... my collegue wasn't actually gay.

Jen you are the exact kind of lady-doctor I'd wanna see! actually lady-doctor connotates all things gynocological to me...

Rachel said...

also jen you should start a blog called 'lady doctor' or i'm not a lady doctor'

Christopher said...

I am quite partial to "lady-friend" used in certain contexts. For instance, 'my grandfather has a lady-friend.' It sounds weird, but thats why I like it.

Ben said...

Hi Rachel,

Found your blog via Byron, I think, whose collecting MTC students who blog. (Sorry, he's not collecting students... you know what I mean).

I'm with you on frickin and I agree with nic on partner. Gerald Bray, whose just done the College lectures last week, was talking about euphemisms and he said that what we now call partners, we used to call mistresses or concubines. Snap!

I'd add, 'I could eat' and I'm getting sick of 'what the-', echoing what you said about frickin.

Ben

Rachel said...

yeah what's the male equivalent to lady friend? Maybe I'll call my mum's new boyfriend her gentleman caller???

Thanks for cybering by Ben (yuk cybering... maybe I should add that now that I've come up with it)