Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
Jon Gibbs

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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?

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