Which Of These Would You Ban From The Dictionary?

Bookburning

This post began when I read a post from another blogger, ranting about Kendall Jenner using the word, gnarly.
Whenever I read about Kendall Jenner (as seldom as I can), I always think of a Ken doll. They both have about the same IQ rating, although Jenner probably contains more silicone.

There is a song, currently being offered on YouTube, by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, titled In The Shallow, from the remake of the movie ‘A Star Is Born.’ A tune about being shallow??! At first I thought it was the theme song from the ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ TV program.

There are many words and phrases, (over)used in the vernacular, which I would like to hear and see far less often. They become like profanity, just verbal punctuation marks, used by people too lazy to think of something better. Any word, used too often, will begin to sound strange, and irritate. Try repeating the word ‘pumpkin’ to yourself, out loud, ten times, and see how it begins to sound weird. It doesn’t even look right on the page.

There are no ‘bad’ words – only words which become objectionable, depending on the person using them, the situation where they are used, the frequency of use, and the social reference. I find the above title objectionable. I don’t feel that there are any words which should be denied, or removed from common usage. To even suggest such a thing is a short step from book burning.

Below is the list that he had compiled, with a request to others for their most unfavorite word/expression. It’s a short list, but seems to have included a few limited, regional entries. I, of course, have some info and opinions.

Gnarly
It is what it is
Eshay
Literally
‘Tings,’ instead of “Things”
Insane
Aw bless
Lit

Gnarly: Gnarled is classier, but gnarly is Valley-Girl speak, perfect for Kendall, like, for sure, like, totally, and gag me with a spoon. (Don’t tempt me, bitch!)

It is what it is: Is business-talk, carried over into regular conversation. While it is hackneyed and trite, it is a quick, easy, verbal-shorthand way to tell someone to stop bitching and whining, and accept reality. Karma, dude!

Eshay: This is a regionalism. I don’t know how far it has spread, but Eshay is the Australian equivalent of British chav. ‘Eshays’ are almost always from a poor background, have little or no secondary education and rely on welfare payments or theft to support their habits.

Literally: I would literally like tons of people with no linguistic imagination, to stop using this as a verbal exclamation mark, when they literally mean ‘figuratively.’

‘Tings,’ Instead of ‘Things’: Here, we get into pronunciation, instead of usage, and that’s even harder to ‘correct.’ People who speak like this are frequently like the Eshays, or the chavs, above. It often, but not always, indicates poor education. Hey, it is what it is. We all have examples of enunciation which sound strange to others. To eliminate it all would soon create a silent world.

Insane: I can understand someone becoming irked by the constant use of this adjective. It is just hyperbole which means that the user is so narrow-minded and opinionated, that he thinks anybody else’s point of view is crazy. One God??! That’s insane! There are three, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!

Aw, bless: Another regionalism – this one is the British equivalent of a couple of similar expressions from the American South. If a little old Southern belle says Well, Bless You, or, Bless your heart, it translates to ‘Fuck you very much, asshole!’

Lit: Originally just meant illuminated, but came to refer to people who were under the influence of alcohol, and/or drugs. Like ‘woke’, its colloquial value has come to mean what hip, cool or neat meant, a few years ago.

I hate them too, but I don’t want to see them banned. They are signposts, indicating which way the population, and its language, are heading. 😳

24 thoughts on “Which Of These Would You Ban From The Dictionary?

  1. Kathy Waller says:

    “Tuna” and “army”–like “pumpkin,” repeat them several times aloud, or even mentally, and they sound weird.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Repeated often enough, any word becomes just a sound – a collection of letters. I can’t count the number of times that I use a word that I’ve used a thousand times before…. and suddenly stop and think about it. In today’s COVID19 panic, I thought of “disease.” DIS–EASE, a physical condition which makes you feel poorly. 😳

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  2. I can think of a few words that I would love see drop from use. But like you? Banning words? No. That is like banning books. Heck I grew up in the era of George Carlins Seven Dirty Words lol. Imagine you could not hear Now you can hear them all and even more.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It often seems to be tied to people with ‘morality.’ And who is authorized to do it??! I ran into one lout who wanted to petition the “American” Federal Government, to remove the word ‘retard.’ Shouldn’t he write to the Queen? 😕

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      • I can understand wanting to remove the word retard, but hey, where do we stop after that? And then? How do you enforce the word banning laws? Next step? Banning you from banning words cause they might get your panties in a big old bunch.

        Writing to the Queen on this would only piss her off. I mean come on, the inbreeding in her family tree has caused a lot of “retards” to come into our world. Heck it is a tradition in English Monarchy. How would they be able to greet each other at family reunions?

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      • Sometimes attempting to be politically correct? Can be really, really retarded.

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  3. The Kardashian clan epitomize flagrant disregard for reality in favour of artificial hubris driven self centered grandstanding. Seriously, I gag at sight or mention of this botox injected gaggle of shallow nincompoops. Rant over, I feel better now.
    Words I’d ban? Grande – grow up Starbucks, it’s a large. Amazing – no it’s not, gag! RU – not a word but a maddingly ignorant abbreviation. Likewise SYS (see you soon ) Sigh.

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    • Archon's Den says:

      The Grandson and his wife both work at different Starbucks, and even they don’t understand it. Small, medium and large – extra-large for sleepyheads. Tim Horton’s had it made until they went American-owned. 😳 I bought a “large” bag of cat kibble, which was the same size as a medium bag of dog kibble, because, apparently cats don’t eat as much as dogs. 😕

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      • I would challenge cats don’t eat as much as dogs. Pound for pound? My cat sure does. I’m waiting to croak in my sleep so she can eat my face. I keep waking up to her inches from mine licking her chops and going…..you ain’t dead yet?

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      • Archon's Den says:

        If I tilt back my recliner for a nap, I have a 20 lb. cat who lies on my chest, and licks my lips. I have trouble breathing, and it’s like getting a facial with 60 grit sandpaper. The Vet says, “Doesn’t that sting?” Yes, but…. I only hope that he’s just checking what I had for dinner, not measuring me for a meal. 😆

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      • I got one of those twenty pound krazy kalico kitties. She thinks she owns the whole house. I cannot even sleep on my own bed without her hogging it all up. She is not a lap kitty though. But I will wake up to her inches from my face wondering if it is dinner time yet.

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    • She became famous for showing her fat butt in a “hacked” porn video. I mean come on. There are a whole lot more people out there who are actually worthy of respect and adoration than these trolls the Kardashians. Talk about a circus.

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    • Notes to Ponder,
      Yes, glad you pointed out the Starbucks size. “I want a small coffee, please,” should make sense to any English speaker. But no, I am not allowed a small coffee. It must be grande (large?) Terrible coffee anyway.

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      • Archon's Den says:

        You can get a small coffee, but for psychological, marketing reasons, it must sound like you are getting something big and wonderful. Makes me glad that I don’t drink coffee. The few times I enter a Starbucks, to speak to the grandson, he insists that I accept a free hot chocolate on his employee account. That’s not great either. 😳
        And the idea of writing names on cups disturbs me. Serve me (quickly), then move on to the next customer. Bryan, with a Y, was in front of me. His order came back addressed to ‘Brian with a y.’ 😆 😯

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      • Couldn’t agree more, Starbucks coffee is awful, seems their global dominance led to mass acceptance of lousy coffee. If left with no option but Starbucks, I refuse to ask for Grande – always small, medium or large for me. Sigh.

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  4. Rivergirl says:

    I’ve never heard eshay, and neither has my spellcheck because it turned it into essay 3 times.
    Language is a living thing… it evolves. And while I have no problem with common usage terms and phrases, tings? That’s just lazy!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      I needed Google’s help with ‘Eshay,’ because neither Dictionary.com nor I had heard of it.
      “T’ings” tends to be a regional thing. Canada’s easternmost Province, the island of Newfoundland, is still heavily populated with undereducated fishermen of Irish ancestry. T’ings is quite common to hear. They don’t refer to others as ‘dude,’ or ‘buddy,’ but as ‘boy.’ A couple of centuries of linguistic isolation has changed it to ‘b’ye.’ It’s a bit like Georgia/Texas ‘y’all.’ 😳 🙂

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  5. I have lived in Virginia for many years since dad retired from the United States Air Force. Very few people talk “Southern” here anymore. By the way, the ghost of Alexander Hamilton roams our fields here in Yorktown, and he says “Heck, no” to both banning words and watching those pesky Kardashians too.

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  6. Eshay sounds to me like the same way Americans use the N word. Probably more a slur, and if it’s common in Australia, that’s kind of strange.

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