Words that Annoy My Co-Workers

One would think that someone who gets annoyed as easily as I do, and is annoyed by as wide a range of topics as I am, would have a pretty comprehensive grasp of the world of irritation. But it still came as a surprise to me that one of my colleagues, who seems quite calm and cheerful on the surface, is inwardly seething with resentment against certain words. Even though I am a writer by trade, this idea had never occurred to me before. I don’t know why not — words were created by people, after all, and what could possibly be more annoying than other people?

Anyway.  On to the list:

  1. Asphalt
  2. Bureaucratic
  3. Butcher (as a verb or noun)
  4. Concussion
  5. Carcass
  6. Charred
  7. Subordinate
  8. “Fire it up” when applied to a gadget appliance.  (If it can’t be “fired down,” why are you firing it up??)

Other co-workers, it turns out, also have their own verbal pet peeves:

  1. The ampersand. (What, pray tell, is preventing you from using “and?”)
  2. Moist. (Hmm. This is one I’d rather not delve into.)
  3. The name Skylar.

These inspiring choices led me to remember my own least favorite word: verbiage.  As in, “Would you just throw some verbiage about this product in that empty space?”  Actually, no.  I would not.  Thank you.

If you know of some really annoying words, please feel free to post a comment.

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8 thoughts on “Words that Annoy My Co-Workers

  1. lisa

    • irregardless
    • gnarly (when speaking of something other than tree roots)
    • ain’t
    • sensuous when you mean sensual (and vice-versa)
    and lastly—disestablishmentarianism
    Nobody needs a word that long.

  2. Megan

    Great posting. I am not sure why I have such intense feelings about these words. Number one that I have hated for decades is asphalt. Yuck. Just the thought of it makes me cringe.

  3. Danielle

    I don’t like these words either: surgery and regurgitate. The letter “g” is a recurring theme in the words i do not like I see. “schuyler” is the exception.

  4. Susan Sexton

    “Schuyler” is the correct Dutch spelling of this name. I’ve never seen Skylar before, and just because that’s how you say it in Dutch, doesn’t mean you have to change the spelling, f’r Pete’s sake. It’s just so, so …. American. What can I say? I don’t have a pet peeve word; people peeve me when they mistreat words. Or should I say, verbiage. You could improve this word by flaunting a French accent, putting the accent on the last syllable.

  5. Kelsey

    Profound. But it’s the usage of the word that’s annoying. It’s wayyy overused right now. Anytime someone is writing about an “experience” its gotta be profound, life changing, horrific, or incredible! I really appreciate it when someone is able to use another word or phrase. Why not put experience at the beginning of the sentence like… “an experience that…” instead of “it was a profound experience.” zzzz And when something terrible happens and it’s in the news, I don’t need to be told that being exiled to Neptune for three hundred years was a horrific experience okay? I have the ability to comprehend what I’m reading, thanks. It’s stating the obvious that annoys me.
    Anyone else feel this way?


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