This week we read a story about a man in California who’s started a campaign to stamp out the word “awesome.”
We wish him luck! Turns out, though, we have a few candidates of our own—words we’d like to stamp out, vaporize, wipe out of the lexicon. Here are our staff picks for Words We Hate:
- moist—like nails on a chalkboard to Martha. We discovered this while sitting around the glass-topped table, eating some truly amazing hand-baked holiday treats that were . . . well, moist.
- romp—a word we never, ever use to describe a manuscript!
- ladies’ room—so affected (and given the state of the facilities on the 23rd floor . . . nuff said)
- slacks (just say pants, please)
- relatable–what? Is it too hard to say “A character readers can relate to?”
- silo, pivot, agency (when used by MBAs)
- piracy–it’s stealing!
We also have a vote against sarcasm without contrast (just mean-spirited). So . . . what word gets your vampire blood boiling?