Sometimes I think it would be great if people just banded together to make things better. And I’m not talking here about big things. I’m not talking about revolutions or unions or protests that fight major injustices (although those can be good too.)
I’m talking about little things that pretty much everyone hates. And if everyone hates something, why can’t we just all agree to stop supporting it? And then maybe it’ll go away.
I think we could start with language. And we’ll go with English, because that’s the one I know the best. Now, we all know that English has some seriously repulsive words in it. I like to think that which words these are qualify as objective fact, but I have been told that my opinions are not necessarily the same as other people’s. (This always comes as a shock to me. I know there are people out there who “think it’s only me,” but I’m the opposite. I assume everyone is exactly like me in thought and emotion and am always startled when shown that this isn’t the case.) But I’m going to assume that at least some of the words that I hate are hated universally, even if they all aren’t.
So, here is my list of the top five words that I hate. Every single one of them makes my stomach turn when I hear it. If you hate any of them too, please join me in a silent attempt to make the English language (and life, generally) lovelier by agreeing never to utter these words again.
What do you think? Will you join me in eradicating these words? Is this a good list? Or do I just have issues? Maybe you think these words are all fine. Are you psychoanalyzing me now, based on this list? (If so, what have you deduced?) Are there worse words I left out? Do you have other words that, when you hear them, just make you miserable? Please share.