Grammar

Ten Words That Need to Go Away!!

1. “Bling-bling” – It’s not really a word; it sounds more like something a three-year-old might say when she really means, “Bottle.”

2. “Myself” – If you use this word, nine times out of ten you use it incorrectly. You can only use the word “myself” in a grammatically-correct sentence if you also use the word “I” in the same sentence. If you use “myself” as a substitution for “I,” you’re almost always wrong.

WRONG: He went with John and myself.
RIGHT: He went with John and me.

RIGHT: I’m making sure I get a seat for myself. (Myself points back to “I.”)

Isn’t that easy?

3. “Irregardless” – If you use this word, you’re always wrong, because “irregardless” is not a word! You mean “regardless.”

4. “Non-partisan” – It’s a nice concept because it implies “fair and balanced.” Our political system, however, has a vested interest in making you think of virtually everything as a “we vs. they” issue, so virtually nothing in our society — and certainly nothing in our government — ever is non-partisan.

5. “Blog” — I appreciate the desire to come up with a short way to say “online journal.” But couldn’t they have come up with something that sounds better than that?

6. “Juxtaposition” – Most of the people who use this word really don’t know for sure what it means. They only use it because they think it makes their argument sound more educated. Don’t believe me? The next time you hear someone use the word, stop them in mid-sentence and ask them to define it and watch the blank stare!

7. “Political Correctness” – As a Mac person, I already have a problem with “PC,” but in a society where everybody is offended by something, why bother trying to name the pointless effort to prevent somebody from being offended? They will be…no matter what you do.

8. “Oldies” – I didn’t mind this word when it referred to songs my parents listened to when they were in high school in the 60’s. Now that it’s used to describe songs I listened to in college, I’m quite through with it, thank you very much.

9. “Natural” – This word is used to market almost everything these days. The implication is that the product in question, if it is “natural” has only those elements that aren’t manmade. But even when we have raw ingredients that man has acted upon to form something else, isn’t this defeating the purpose of the “natural” definition? If it was so “natural,” we wouldn’t have to make it: it’d be growing on trees in our backyard!

10. “Reality Television” — There is nothing real or reasonable about any of the shows that attempt to pass themselves off with this umbrella title. Even Mark Burnette, who has given us jewels like “Survivor” and “The Apprentice,” prefers “unscripted drama.” I don’t know what I prefer; I just know that “reality” isn’t what I’m seeing.

That’s my list. What are yours? Leave a comment with a link to your journal or list yours in the comment itself.

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Patrick is a Christian with more than 27 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.