July 28th, 2009

Fingernails on a chalkboard

Is it just me, or does anyone else have certain words they hate with a passion?

 

I’m not talking about swearing  (though I do feel that's something sadly overused these days).   I’m thinking about perfectly acceptable words which for some reason have the same effect on us as fingernails on a chalkboard.  

 

I have a few, but top of the list is ‘snog’ (meaning a passionate kiss – usually between teenagers). 

 

I don’t know why, but I cringe when I hear it. ‘Tonsel-hockey?’ Fine. ‘Face-sucking?’ Okay, that’s gross too, though I can live it, but ‘snog’ or ‘snogging’? Yuk!

 

If I could, I’d sandblast the word ‘snog’ from the English language and substitute it with something else, something less annoying, like, say, ‘tongue-wrestling’. 

 

How about you?

 

What word would you like to banish from the English language? 

 

What would you replace it with?