|04-08-2012, 10:05 PM||#61|
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: New Sweden
The word I dislike most is the barbarous neologism "proactive." It seems to have been coined by analogy with "reactive." We can get along very well without it.
My first runner-up is "closure." This annoying bit of psychobabble has infected ordinary speech so that I now turn on the radio and hear about "road closures."
I also dislike the pathetic euphemism "pass away." We are all going to die. We can't change that by refusing to use the verb. Grow up!
I conclude with an illustration of verbal garbage we can do without:
O.J. Simpson needed closure so he took proactive measures to cause his ex-wife to pass away.
|04-09-2012, 10:02 AM||#62|
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Chesapeake, VA, USA
Device: Kindle Paperwhite & iPad Air. Other devices gathering dust.
I'm with you on both proactive and closure . Pass away I can live with, but it is a euphemism. I mentioned proactive earlier, and I'm jealous that closure wasn't on my list. How does someone find closure when a loved one dies? You don't. You learn to get on with your life. The pain grows less intense with time, but there never comes a time when you don't find yourself wishing you could be with them and talk with them again.
|04-10-2012, 06:22 PM||#63|
Dr S Dhillon, learner
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mountain House, CA
"Talaq" an Arabian name for divorce is used quite liberally. Not in favor of women.
|04-28-2012, 01:31 PM||#64|
Join Date: Feb 2012
Device: Kindle Keyboard 3G
Never been quite sure about 'indifference'... I guess I could take it or leave it.
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