Words I Hate

By Dana Fox

Do you ever hear a word that just sends a cringing sensation through your body? I do. Here are some of my least favourite words to utter and why I dislike them so much:

Burpees – For real? How did this exercise move even obtain this name? I cannot help but picture a baby spitting up whenever I hear it. Not to mention, it makes anyone who says it momentarily sound like they are two years old. Hearing a 200+ pound male trainer say “burpees” just shouldn’t be allowed.

Panties – I used to work at a lingerie store back in the day and I could not utter this word in seriousness. Undies or underwear felt more natural. Every time I say “panties” I somehow can’t help but feel like a pervert.

Oxblood – It’s BURGUNDY! Just because you thought of a cool new name doesn’t change what it is. “Vegan Leather” can also fall into this category. (You mean Pleather?)

Genius – I have a love/hate relationship with this word. The only place I hate seeing it is on Pinterest. It seems like every 5th post is titled “genius!”, even when something really isn’t that “genius” at all. Seriously, just do a search for the word and you will see what I mean.  Genius is defined as “Exceptional intellectual or creative power or other natural ability.” I don’t think that tying a plaid shirt around your waist, or chalkboard painting anything these days can be considered genius.

Finally, this isn’t a word, but more like how a statement is made. I cannot stand it when people say things like “those dishes need cleaned”, or “these clothes need washed”. Is that English? Those dishes need to be cleaned. These clothes need to be washed. Nothing “needs fixed“… Except that type of grammar. This grammar needs TO BE fixed. Gah!

Ok I’m done. What words do you hate?

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
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I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/18072449731164255972 Carolynn Markey

    I hate the word beef tips for some reason. Drives me mad! And the word moist! Lol

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 dana @ wonder forest

      LOL moist!

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11469416662172790969 Aileen Barker

      Omg my husband HAAAAATES the word moist. Which means I use it heavily.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14347031157703265500 gina

    Love the last one. I get really annoyed at some of the bad grammar and spelling I see on blogs, etc. I know I am not perfect but if you graduated from high school….you should know the difference between your and you're as well as their/there/they're. It drives me CRAZY!!

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17312754268596041741 Alisa Steady

      Amen to that Gina! Drives me bonkers. Is it laziness? or are people really not that educated?? Scary…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01558348436499794580 Dani

    Amen to oxblood! All I see when I read that word is a poor, bleeding animal. :( Also, I hate when the word "broke" is used in place of "broken."

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 dana @ wonder forest

    YES!!! It surprises me every single day how many people do not know the proper uses of YOUR/THERE, etc. If you can count to twenty you should be able to know when to use each one.

  • http://thatbridesgotmoxie.com/ thatbridesgotmoxie.com

    Oh, I have a few words.

    Slacks. I think this one is because my grandmother called my jeans "denim slacks" until the day she died. Just say the word "slacks" a few times in repetition. It will drive you insane.

    Moist. Panties. (I'm glad OP and PP agree.)

    Gunmetal (as a color). Um, that's just grey. Or gray. Or a silvery-gray. Gunmetal makes me shudder.

    And yes, all versions of your/you're and alot/a lot.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08612139822969597133 Emma-lee

    Haha! This is the greatest post :)

    Tarter. I absolutely cannot stand that word. It honestly sends shivers down my spine :/

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09182379464871641835 Heather Johnson

    I know it's not exactly an abnormal word but flannel really freaks me out… I hate it!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01493866006312730280 Katie @ Loverly She

    PANTIES! ugh hahaa I thought I was the only hater of that word. Clearly not!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12404613490286545072 Valerie

    I totally agree! I get overly annoyed at the misuse of your and you're. I see it on Facebook all the time. Shockingly most of the time it's a mistake made by college educated people. I hate to admit it, but I often have a snap judgement that the person is uneducated. Drives me NUTS!

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17312754268596041741 Alisa Steady

      I also hate it when people don't understand when to use 'its' and 'it's'. It's not rocket science people!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00327325454747685403 Meggs

    Haha! Burpees! I hate that one SO MUCH too!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11638189220524876017 An

    haha i think they thought oxblood would make people buy it. like it is something new that has been invented. "Oh are these shoes oxblood red? that's the color of fall" :s

    never really got why they started calling burgundy oxblood.

  • http://curiousjac.wordpress.com/ curiousjac

    "Supposably" drives me insane. There's no "b" in the word. It's "supposedly." Also, "random" wildly overused. Nine times in 10, the word is used to mean "interesting" or "cool." But they're not synonyms.

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17312754268596041741 Alisa Steady

      Agreed! And 'simular' instead of similar. And I hate it when people say "He axe me a question." Really? Really. Read a book…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07884879713750187903 Lauren Brodie

    urgh Moist and Chunky have got to be the two worst words ever!

    • http://thatbridesgotmoxie.com/ thatbridesgotmoxie.com

      Ugh, I forgot about chunky. I hate that word too!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12625754472424656324 Jill St George

    Ha ha! Funny post. I cannot stand the word "nasty" – icky word!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17309483383922386048 Rachel

    haha I have so many of these, I'll sound like a royal bitch if I listed them all. I also hate bad grammar, so I totally understand the "needs" thing- ugh!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17312754268596041741 Alisa Steady

    Coagulate. I hate that word, especially when it's described in a food setting. Ew.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12071477027784226840 Chloe Moon

    LOL! I don't hate the word panties but I only use it sparingly! I hate the word Thesaurus and Miscellaneous! I never can say them right! Oh and there and their…AHH!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12059059150675699539 Kay

    The word pus gets me, for obvious reasons – yuck!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03054441541157961846 HaleyPants

    Hahaha, so glad someone else hates the word panties. My mom literally cringes when she hears it, which made me kind of start to hate it too. I also hate when people say "totes" for totally. Ugh.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00804978433393252639 Leanne Rachel

    I love this post, it really made me laugh! I cannot stand the words 'juicy', 'munch' and 'tender'. I don't know why, I just can't help wanting to curl up and cringe when I hear them! xxx


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02632155226485121002 ★steph

    People say 'need cleaned'? I had no idea! I agree 100% on burpees, when I first saw the word I pulled a face and decided I wasn't going to do them because they sound ridiculous.

    'Flesh' has always struck me as a particularly unpleasant word. And yolk. Eurg.

  • http://sfunduk.myopenid.com/ sfunduk

    Ah I thought I was the only one who hated 'oxblood'! Great colour, gross name.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15330094722080285389 Amy

    I have the same problem with 'Oxblood'! Why would I want to wear anything that looked like Ox's blood anyway? Haha. I know loads of people say they hate the word 'moist' but I personally love that word!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01690457746281024752 Sara

    I hate the word "whimsical". For some reason, in 2012 almost everything was described as whimsical…

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15418451506912869399 fashion written with a lipstick

    hahaha! this made me laugh really! I hate the word moist! It makes me uncomfortable! 😉 xx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00394336849612797834 Angi

    Yes. To all of these.

    Another word I cannot stand:

    Epic. WAY overused, and I don't think most people understand what "epic" really means.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09812599814169370668 meet.make.laugh.

    Moist. It just sounds gross.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05232155737520099120 Jemma x

    I agree! Especially about the grammar :) xxx


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07574672293112274871 Whitney

    I hate the word moist!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00087704777530625872 Erica

    "those dishes need cleaned" … So bizarre! I've never heard anyone say that before!!


    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16765434513591686519 dana @ wonder forest

      lol for real? I hear it ALL the time. Maybe I just pick up on it quickly. I find a ton of my American friends talk like that…. including my American fiance who I am constantly correcting.
      him: "the snow needs plowed"
      me: "needs what???"
      him: "to BE PLOWED"


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05253107226577514629 It’s Sooo Fluffy!

    hahahaha wonderful post. I speak to people ALL DAY and it amazes me how unintelligent they can be sometimes.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16694788854534963953 Brooklyn Brinkley

    I am with you on the burpees! I also hate when people use text talk when they are speaking to you. :/ Check out my blog! I follow back!


    xx Brooklyn xx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11737273772055389695 rosaliejayne

    I hate the word clump for some reason and I hate when people use words with a different meaning than what they actually mean, like sick to mean something amazing, how the hell does the word that means vomit also mean something good in any way?
    Rosalie x

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15658039504882151031 Sil – LOVE n LAVISH

    I too am not a fan of the word panties.I also hate the word EPIC…there is something really lame about using it in any form.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17771087783330021398 Trina

    Sneaked is a word that just sounds so inherently wrong to me, and I hate that it's real. That is a cartoon word!

    Also I agree, panties cannot be said with a straight face.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05753257316618615211 Dorien

    I hate a lot of words in dutch (my motherlanguage) but I haven't come across any in English. That will probably come very soon since I'm going to study English though, so I'll keep you posted haha.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11308886639719971122 RCagz

    Haha brilliant post! I'm so with you on Oxblood, it just sounds so much more sinister than Burgundy =S xoxo

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16009592304039415243 lorenabr

    Love the post!
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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02290225153114643349 Megan Price

    Ooze. I don't like it very much. Especially when it comes to food. People use it for gooey desserts and sauces. Not very appetizing at all I am afraid :-(

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04798889847490043743 Jill

    Panties for SURE! Also magical, craft (crafts, crafty, crafting…), the misused phrase 'I could care less', and anyways.

    Words I love: kerfuffle, full-blown, and interrobang. Let's use these more.

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04798889847490043743 Jill

      And I do, however, love the British use of 'pants' for underwear.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06238213096095046433 Loves Happy Hour

    Agreed on panties, i hate when people say it without pronouncing the 't'(panies),it really does sound perverted; especially when guys say it.

    Great post!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16726445420423012125 Tiffany Barry at In a Pretty Box

    Oh my! We are on the same wavelength!

    I'm down in the southern US, so I hear "aks" (pronounced like ax) instead of "ask" and "I got no" instead of "I don't have any."

    My daughter went to preschool last year, and one of the assistant teachers apparently didn't speak correctly because my daughter came home after only 3 months at that school saying, "I got no more." She still says it a year later, and it grates on me every time I have to correct her.

    Bad grammar is a plague! lol

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11809115137318952745 Chelsea Lennox

    who the freak says "need cleaned"!? that would annoy the eff out of me!!!! my very worst one is when people say brought instead of bought. australians/british/new zealanders have a ridiculously hard time with this for some reason. it drives me up. the. wall. especially when i explain the difference and they argue me on it. it's like, what!?

    • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12059059150675699539 Kay

      I'm a brit and have never had a hard time with the difference between brought and bought!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08038097403024349469 Julie-Kick Acetone

    I hate the words 'fart' and 'puke'. They just sound so crude. I've heard my 3-year-old stop mid-sentence and correct her own grammar. That's how I know I'm doing something right :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12195747190145124466 grace

    i absolutely CANNOT STAND the word "moist". ughsjdkfhasdj.
    and also, i am filled with anger when people call sleeping "getting some shuteye." i have no idea why.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12937861014751606482 MG

    I was just discussing this one…..irregardless…..bothers me a bit. Some think it's just an "evolving" word for our English language….I can't buy into that. Check it out on urban dictionary, quite the controversy for some!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14491781925507963876 Lara

    I am not a native english speaker and I usually have problem with the grammar, but I was learnt at my school that "TO BE" is inevitable. It is very strange to see that native english speakers don't use it. :)

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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14823373352140186625 hevzibev

    I cannot stand the word bra. Oddly enough :) it just makes me cringe

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04146536606205470205 Faye

    Funny post! I hate 'concertina' and 'unison'. I really don't know why! it also winds me up when people use 'literally' when they definitely don't mean it: 'I've literally not taken this off since I bought it' 'I literally died'. I'm also with the comments about 'bought' and 'brought'. Where did you bring it from?!?!?!

    Ok, rant over! :)


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11901385576212893171 jackeline

    Oh my goodness….this article made me laugh so much!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11469416662172790969 Aileen Barker

    Panties. Ew. Yeah, I cannot even say that out loud. I also can't handle any slang for genitals. If it doesn't start with a P or a V, I can't handle it. Just stop right now.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15023881896268219956 AUBREY @ Project Lovegood

    I was just thinking about words I'm not a fan of. Vintage and viral are the first two to come to mind. Vintage- do we have to slap that label on everything, just to up the price or get the views, when really we mean "old ass shit." :) Viral- oh boy. Who determines what is viral? I have read so many times, someone say, "my pin went viral." So and so is viral. Ugh. Plus viral is not far off from "virus" so I don't know if we want to be touting something as "viral." 😉

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/17294962241447404053 Monica

    Hah, this is GENIUS [it's not pinterest ;)]. I think you hit on every annoying word.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13206687902313866655 Katie {Party of Four}

    Burpees! Lol i do CrossFit and our burpees are a little different then say illian michaels. YouTube them and see why ihate that word!!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06643349519586337867 Becky

    Oh gosh totally agree with the word Panties. I just cringed when I typed that. Now I too feel like a perv…thanks :-)

    beckys makeup

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11235356773272688628 Cody Doll

    I am sooo with you on the "needs fixed". I would go huh? But I think panties is cute and pervy. hehe. I can't think of any words that get me but I agree with yours. Oh wait, swag. I don't mind some but if you are a white girl making a duck face…yeah NOT swag. haha.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14015766923904944757 Elise

    I totally agree with you – 'Panties' is a terrible word!! It makes me cringe. I also can't stand it when people say "my bad".

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/02611627321293092417 Patricia Picard

    Hi there! It is a really nice post idea!!! I am from Quebec so I talk french, but I hate to ear the name « Cavendish » and the word « moisture ». Cant help myself!

    Olive xox

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16332815163846166660 Dawn

    I don't really cringe at the word "panties," but I do think it is a weird word. It's just "underwear" to me. I tease my fiance, though. "Your fly is down. I can see your man panties." I'm not a huge fan of the word "genius" either, mostly because it is overused. Much like "epic" was/is. Our expressions at every little thing being "genius" or "epic" has taken significance away from actual events and happenstance. A homemade vinegar solution to keep spiders away isn't "genius", it's "helpful" or "protective against disgusting, invasive arachnids." :) I'm not really sure what my least favorite words are (though I'm an editorial assistant, so I'm much more obsessed with how something sounds, grammar-wise). I can tell you, though, are a few of my favorite words are billowing, cerulean, and vexatious.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01283106854268263682 Jen

    I can't stand it when people say "expresso." My boyfriend does it all the time and I want to strangle him. It's "espresso" everyone.

    Also, when people misuse the word "literally." Example: "OMG I literally died I was so scared!"

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04489349234388812167 One Dollar Milkshake

    Hi ^^
    First I have to say that I´m really into reading youre blog. It very interesting and supercute ♥
    I hate the words " Bum" and "insolence". And the word order " Chocolate is eaten up : ("
    Sweet greet Abby ♥ :**

  • http://cindspectus.wordpress.com/ cindspectus

    This is a great post! My family and I had a long conversation about how awful the word "oxblood" is. I guess I read too many fashion blogs because they hadn't heard of it before, but to me it seems to be everywhere!

    I hate the (overuse of the) word literally. No. Do not use it. You are not literally going to die if you don't see Les Mis three times in the movie theatre.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05674090140870603337 Ashley

    I hate when a person uses the word "delicious" to describe something they like or approve of.
    for example: "You're looking delicious today."
    …as far as I know I have not let anybody lick my head…so….
    (I know thats weird…)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05674090140870603337 Ashley

    oh, and "random." When everything is considered "random" it becomes, well, not so random.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/00194147468554228136 rebecca

    Panties is a word I absolutely hate. No one understands why. They think I'm crazy but I cant stand saying it nor even hearing it

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11308672082353340989 kgregstar

    Oh man, I have a few- panties, moist, nostril – ALL TERRIBLE. I also can't stand "could care less" vs. "couldn't care less" UGHHHHH drives me nutso!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05381764785502910295 natthosch

    Actually, I am pretty sure that the word 'oxblood' was used to describe the colour before someone came up with burgundy. At least that's the case where I live. It just seems to have become 'in' to use the word oxblood again.

    As for words I hate.
    Like as a fill word is the worst. It can really make my blood (or is it pee) boil when someone uses it in every single sentence.

    I have a love-hate relationship to the word Amazing. I use it all the time, but in the end, it's only because I don't (and most other people who overuse it) can't think of another.

    There's of course loads of words I hate in my mothertongue. Haha-

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04962587342835841240 Living the Creative Life

    Totally agree with you here!

    One I hate is the word "fine". It's generally used when someone is anything but, but it just seems to foster fake caring. I wish that would would just disappear and people would feel comfortable sharing how they REALLY were doing.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12126223327776563791 Adeola Naomi

    when people say your instead of you are , their instead of there.
    Just any grammar mistake really, like common speak proper darn English.