The folks who run Blogging 101 didn’t leave me an option with this assignment, so here is my version of it. The prompt for this post is “Reason to Believe“. Warning: It reads like a rant.
I firmly believe that too much of a good thing is bad, more so since the advent of social media. A few words and phrases are used so often that I feel like thrusting a thesaurus into the hands of the ignorant souls. The daily lexicon of human interaction seems to be riddled with clichés and I’ve attempted to name a few below:
I’ll allow that people love their families, partners, pets, God and perhaps a few close friends. It’s just that I miss the word ‘affection’. It’s not as strong or potent as ‘love’, but in a few cases, it seems more appropriate. No, I don’t ‘love’ Benedict Cumberbatch, I ‘admire’ him. I simply fail to understand how every kind of pleasant feeling towards someone can be construed as ‘love’.
‘Cool’ breeze? Definitely. ‘Cool’ dude? No, please. I’m so tired of that particular usage of the word. Just about every teenager in the world right now is aspiring to be ‘cool’. It’s a word that’s given more importance than it deserves, which leads to unnecessary peer pressure, in my opinion.
The previous one got me thinking about this and sure enough, it’s another overused word. Put them together and they make a woefully hackneyed phrase. When I hear people calling me that, I automatically assume they’re blind in addition to being daft. This word seeps into casual conversations like poison. I remember a time when it was pronounced ‘brother’ and reserved to male blood relations, or perhaps convey an intense emotion between two masculine friends.
Could you be less specific? If one is planning to have a conversation with somebody who can’t read minds, one must remember to steer clear of this word. Yet, I find that it is used in abundance in every kind of correspondence. There’s a way to properly utilize the word and it’s certainly not in sentences like, “Could you hand me that thing?” “Sure, take a coconut.”
I think I hate this word. It seems to hound me wherever I go. It has wormed its way into lyrics of songs as well. I miss the good old days when one family owned one camera and everyone had to wait till the photos were developed to gasp at how they seem to appear. I’m quite content to limit my vocabulary to ‘photograph’, ‘snapshot’ and ‘polaroid’.
vi) Shades of Grey
This is more relevant to the bookish universe, I suppose. We all seem to have shades of grey in our personality and so does every character. Who defined white to be good and black to be evil anyway? I think I want to be purple or yellow, thank you very much. Oh, don’t even get me started on that blot on literature that bears this phrase in its title!
vii) Said no one ever
I don’t get the logic in this one, to be honest. I pulled this meaning from the Urban Dictionary, which perfectly puts my point across.
Declarative phrase appearing at the end of a statement which effectively negates the meaning of the previously stated text. Essentially, the presence of this statement instructs the reader that what has been stated up to this point is a fallacy in that no one would make that statement under any circumstances, at any time (in the past, present or future) in any corner of the known universe.
My reasons are simple. If you analyze how often you see these words or phrases on your Facebook or Twitter feed, you’ll see what I mean. It’s dull and tedious. English is overflowing with beautiful words and, if one has the patience to look it up, there’s a name for almost every kind of situation or feeling. Words are added to the dictionary every year to keep up with the global trends. Perhaps I’m being critical since I read everything through a writer’s perspective. However, variety is the spice of life. I wish more people would embrace it.
Can you think of words that I left off my list? Are there any phrases that drive you up the wall? If so, don’t hesitate to leave a comment.