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Old 04-20-2013, 10:32 AM   #1
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Word Aversion

Found this while surfing this morning and it amused me. Hope it amuses you, too. I don't mind the word "moist," but I don't like "belly."

http://www.slate.com/articles/life/t...ate_words.html

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:56 PM   #2
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I cannot force myself to use the word "pussy" except in dialogue by a bimbo.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:09 PM   #3
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Neat article. But I have a problem with the highlighted word "moist." I don't think it is nearly that disliked by the majority otherwise it would be more apparent in restaurants with the countless offers of "moist towelettes."

The word I'm most averse to is due to ridiculous, excessive usage. I get my linguist's rage-on almost every time I hear the word "awesome." Taj Mahal....awesome. A kid doing something millions of other kids do....not so awesome. Shakespeare....awesome; a dime a dozen novel (including mine, honestly)....not so awesome. ggrrrrrrrrrrrr
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Neat article. But I have a problem with the highlighted word "moist." I don't think it is nearly that disliked by the majority otherwise it would be more apparent in restaurants with the countless offers of "moist towelettes."

The word I'm most averse to is due to ridiculous, excessive usage. I get my linguist's rage-on almost every time I hear the word "awesome." Taj Mahal....awesome. A kid doing something millions of other kids do....not so awesome. Shakespeare....awesome; a dime a dozen novel (including mine, honestly)....not so awesome. ggrrrrrrrrrrrr
It's "epic" for me. I hate the casual use of that word. Especially when used in conjunction with "fail."
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I cannot force myself to use the word "pussy" except in dialogue by a bimbo.
I have a hard time using "cunt" except as an insult in dialogue.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:22 PM   #6
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The word I'm most averse to is due to ridiculous, excessive usage.
If we're doing this, then: "literally" or "like" used as a pause in a sentence. He, like, asked me out, like, Thursday, but I was literally so busy that I, like, couldn't even tell him that I literally couldn't do it.

The way I gnash my teeth when listening to students speak, I wouldn't have anything left in five years.
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It may have something to do with having had the good fortune to be born on the right-hand side of The Atlantic, but I always find panties a seriously ridiculous word.
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I have a hard time using "cunt" except as an insult in dialogue.
Same here and even as an insult I've only used it once.

The word "snatch" is another I am not fond of.

I use pussy most of the time, because A) Its what I've always referred to it as and b) its what most women I've been with refer to it as as well.

For a guy, I will never use "Tool" or "member"

I'll clarify I have used Tool as an insult, but never a description of the sexual organ.
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Neat article. But I have a problem with the highlighted word "moist." I don't think it is nearly that disliked by the majority otherwise it would be more apparent in restaurants with the countless offers of "moist towelettes."

The word I'm most averse to is due to ridiculous, excessive usage. I get my linguist's rage-on almost every time I hear the word "awesome." Taj Mahal....awesome. A kid doing something millions of other kids do....not so awesome. Shakespeare....awesome; a dime a dozen novel (including mine, honestly)....not so awesome. ggrrrrrrrrrrrr
Yes, I avoid awesome, every time I see it I think "dude" should be tossed in with it.
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I hate the word "nipple". It's a funny-sounding word, not sexy at all. Often it's unavoidable,

"Cunt" I try to horde for effect. In my novel the word was only used by one character, in one key scene. I have been more free with it in other stories, if appropriate for the character.

I also hate the word "buttocks", and find "ass" inappropriate for certain characters and situations, which often leaves me in a writing quandary. "Derriere" is too cute, "rear" too imprecise.

There are some verbs for which I routinely search, to see if I can replace them with a better choice. Not that I am averse to the words themselves, but that they are so imprecise and overused, that they are usually mixed and matched with helping verbs and prepositions to form fast sentences in speech that are dull as hell in prose: put, have, go, do, set, tell, head, see, get, make, take, use, give, try, call, etc. It's never appropriate to eliminate them all, of course, but most of the time it's an improvement to remove "put up with", and replace it with something like "tolerate", or "endure".
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It may have something to do with having had the good fortune to be born on the right-hand side of The Atlantic, but I always find panties a seriously ridiculous word.
As a Yank, "knickers" makes me snicker. Many Britishisms are bloody brilliant, but not that one.
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I'm okay with pussy, cunt, and others mentioned here...words, not posters, that is.

But don't be using "utilize" around me.
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As a Yank, "knickers" makes me snicker. Many Britishisms are bloody brilliant, but not that one.
Yeah, "arse" yanks me right out of the story.
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I'm okay with pussy, cunt, and others mentioned here...words, not posters, that is.

But don't be using "utilize" around me.
Same here. I'm even fine with "like" as a pause if that's part of the character's speech pattern.
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Same here and even as an insult I've only used it once.

The word "snatch" is another I am not fond of.

I use pussy most of the time, because A) Its what I've always referred to it as and b) its what most women I've been with refer to it as as well.
Ditto. Just about every woman I've known has referred to her vagina as a pussy. I did date one girl, however, who called it her snatch, but that was after the reference in an ABC song that apparently tickled her to no end.
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It's "epic" for me. I hate the casual use of that word. Especially when used in conjunction with "fail."
I hate this, too, especially after working at a summer camp with lots of teenagers.

In my writing, most synonyms for pussy I just don't like. I'm usually stuck with just a few tolerable words, like quim.
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Ditto. Just about every woman I've known has referred to her vagina as a pussy. I did date one girl, however, who called it her snatch, but that was after the reference in an ABC song that apparently tickled her to no end.
I have noticed in porns where the women are British they use cunt quite a bit, but I can never get into it.

My wife will sometimes say things like "my pretty kitty" or "hot little box," or occasionally her "Slit" but its usually when we're role playing and she gets really into it and always tries to sound like someone else.

on the other hand its usually cock/dick and occasionally prick.

I remember once trying to call it my love snake or something like that in the middle of her going down on me and we both ended up cracking up. But that's the advantage of a steady partner, you can clown around and not worry about offending anyone.

I just cannot imagine being with a woman for the first time and asking to lick her cunt.
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I remember once trying to call it my love snake or something like that in the middle of her going down on me and we both ended up cracking up. But that's the advantage of a steady partner, you can clown around and not worry about offending anyone.
When I was in college a bunch of us idiot English majors become even more idiotic through the use of waaaayyyy too much alcohol, and we had a contest to come up with the most absurd euphemism for a sex organ - "throbbing python of love" was the winner hands down.
Now I'm not sure which is worse, having come up with that in the first place or admitting to it years later.......
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I remember once trying to call it my love snake or something like that in the middle of her going down on me and we both ended up cracking up. But that's the advantage of a steady partner, you can clown around and not worry about offending anyone.
Here's a reference I know you'll get . . . once, my wife referred to my penis, jokingly (okay, half-jokingly) as, get ready . . . wait for it . . . .

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As a Yank, "knickers" makes me snicker. Many Britishisms are bloody brilliant, but not that one.
Panties sound ridiculous where as knickers are what they are. It's odd, but Americanisms are weird (-nicely , but weird). Pussy- I'm much more comfortable with fanny. Fanny- I'm more comfortable with bum. Ass is a donkey as a pussy is a cat. Arse is just plain rude. Bastard doesn't sound serious- barsted is committed.

What to call men's underwear always leaves me wondering. Boxers?- I refuse to pull on a dog. Titties? -are two year olds allowed on this site- tits sounds a lot more adult. Belly sounds a lot better than abdomen and a stomach remains unseen. Manhood- wow, I think it's my favourite worst with womanhood in about the same place. I see them and I stop reading.

What does one do! I don't have a solution. It's often all about context but too often the use of a weird word destroys the created mood of the story and stops it in its tracks. I hate the word pussy- it seems so inadequate, yet fanny, which is so much better, has been assigned to some thing else. It's simply not fair.
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It's "epic" for me. I hate the casual use of that word. Especially when used in conjunction with "fail."
Pussy is just fine, and iLuv moist - never an epic fail.

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Here's a reference I know you'll get . . . once, my wife referred to my penis, jokingly (okay, half-jokingly) as, get ready . . . wait for it . . . .

The Rod of Lordly Might.

Yes, we're both gamer geeks.
Sigh, yup remember buying the original boxed D&D sets at The Game Keeper in the arcade in Providence back in .....jeez I believe 1982.

And my girlfriend at the time(and I was fortunate as most girls back then were not into games like D&D) created a character called.

Queen Or-el devourer of swords and snakes.

Her counterpart was my

Pharaoh I-ma-hung plunderer of virgins and slayer of pussies.
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Sigh, yup remember buying the original boxed D&D sets at The Game Keeper in the arcade in Providence back in .....jeez I believe 1982.

And my girlfriend at the time(and I was fortunate as most girls back then were not into games like D&D) created a character called.

Queen Or-el devourer of swords and snakes.

Her counterpart was my

Pharaoh I-ma-hung plunderer of virgins and slayer of pussies.
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Sigh, yup remember buying the original boxed D&D sets at The Game Keeper in the arcade in Providence back in .....jeez I believe 1982.

And my girlfriend at the time(and I was fortunate as most girls back then were not into games like D&D) created a character called.

Queen Or-el devourer of swords and snakes.

Her counterpart was my

Pharaoh I-ma-hung plunderer of virgins and slayer of pussies.
You definitely win the teen geek trophy, that's for sure.
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