‘So my fave event about which I am most passionate is having dinner with my family.’ I floated my statement above the aroma from our dinner waiting for someone to nibble at the bait and expand on it. In the silence, I wondered whether they understood my teasing. Then came the laughter and their suggestions. Listening to the discussion bouncing between us reminded me that words are a pleasure and there is nothing better than to have a nonsensical conversation over good food and wine. Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense with his clever prose and limericks was a favourite bed-time read.
I grew up with a mother who would write her rhymes in birthday cards and scrabble was frequently played after dinner. Before iPads, the Dictionary sat within reach of the table so that a point could be clarified. I encouraged my children to develop their skills in repartee, the better to extend their curfew times, and debate was often vigorous between us.
Captain A and I enjoy the power of eloquent language and frequently comment on the poor quality of reporting in our media. The list published by the Lake Superior State University, Michigan of words people have found annoying and overused has been a source of discussion in the news and I have my contributions to that list.
‘So’ on that note I am suggesting two of my ‘faves’: event and passionate. Over summer in Australia we now have ‘rain events’ and ‘flood events’. Doesn’t it just rain with a flood being one of the consequences?
Recently at a women’s networking function every speaker said they were just so passionate about improving the lot of women in the workforce. You might feel strongly, even very strongly about equality but passionate. Sorry, passion is what I feel for my husband.
I would love to hear what my friends think are over-used or inappropriately used words. Send them through please.
Apart from “fave” which we all know how much some of us love, I would add “mindful”. It’s overused in my work environment. “Be mindful of walking through the curtains too quickly.”, “Be mindful of families with young children, elderly, people stuck on the window seat…”, “Be mindful of your colleagues!”. Honestly! Doesn’t anyone do their job, do it well (hopefully with an element of style), and mind their manners these days or do we have to be mindful in the moment as well? One Manager suggested that to THINK was a better approach. Is what you are about to do or say Thoughtful or True? Is it Helpful, Honest or Hurtful? Is it Intelligent, Intuitive, and Inspiring? Is it Necessary, is it Kind? That’s a lot of THINKing to be “mindful” of.
Perhaps all we need to do is start caring about other people rather than placing our needs first.
I cannot stand the U being used for YOU!This next generation will have a whole new language of one letter or three letter words……what does BBF stand for?I have an instagram friend who I adore and she calls me her BBF……………BEST BUDDY FRIEND?I have no desire to know or use these abbreviations!PLEASE ADVISE!!
Couldn’t agree more. Acronyms and abbreviations are useful when you don’t want other readers to understand your meaning. There have been times in my life when they did come in handy.