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What is your least favorite word in the English language?
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answered:    February 07, 2011
Hate. It shows such negativity and produces such profound emotions in people that usually end up in violence or ignorance. People also use it to show ignorance when they don't know something nor have experienced it.
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answered:    February 07, 2011
As someone who considers himself an optimist, I vote for the word "can't." People seem to use this word many times through reflex without examining a situation to figure out a way to make it work. In the IT world, many IT professionals tell you "can't" when they really mean "I don't want to expend the effort."
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answered:    February 08, 2011
I dislike many words but for so many reasons. "Like", "totally" and "awesome" make me cringe every time I hear them abused. "Gourmet" makes me think of cat food and has been morbidly overused. Any type of mock Western speak gives me the chills (i.e. rootin' tootin, etc.) I also hate it when people use the word "brilliant" when taking to me just because they know I'm English - I never used it there, and I sure as hell won't use it here. That's like a totally awesome question, drifter.
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answered:    February 07, 2011
Some interesting answers so far. My least favorite word is "exclusive". I find I dislike every meaning of the word. Always remember "exclusive" is the opposite of "inclusive". Personally, I find that I admire those who strive for the latter much more.
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answered:    March 05, 2011
I don't have one...words are just sounds and the meanings we've assigned to these sounds are all okay with me. I sometimes feel nervous around words with "sqau" in them..."squalicious' (chocolate ice cream with a strong flavor of oysters), "squame" (overly shy), "squamonious" (compulsively stares at dachshunds) and such.

However, some of the least favorite adult people I know are well educated, ambitious and desperate to be seen as contemporary...the people who a few years ago began watering their thoughts with words like "paradigm shift" and now casually throw into the conversation "wicked." I don't want to be accepted by thirteen year olds any more than I want to be accepted by futurists. :)
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answered:    March 05, 2011
'like'. "....Like it bugs me, 'ya know, 'cuz I even went to ask about it and like they said it was still like available. Like give it break! I could rant about the increased use of dangling participles too .....
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answered:    February 16, 2011
Least favorite common word: uncle. It is the nastiest sounding word I know of. Avuncular is worse, and means essentially uncle-like or uncle-ish or uncle-esque, but since it is rare to see it in print, my gentle ears are very seldom subjected to it.
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answered:    February 16, 2011
I can think of two that I despise and I mean absolutely loathe. I'm choosing not to utter them here, but one is a derogatory term for women and the other for Africans and African-Americans. However, any words that are used to demean, belittle, or spread bigotry are ones that I dislike.
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answered:    March 05, 2011
No. That's my least favorite word in the English language.
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answered:    February 25, 2011
Fail, and its kin, "Epic Fail."   Especially when I see it used as an adverb. That's an epic fail! 'Fail' is a verb.

It's not a noun nor a modifier, yet I hear it as a noun a lot. 'That's a Fail' is not proper grammar. Putting that aside, 'fail' like MichaelN's 'can't' just means not enough push through or intention or resolve to get something done.

Really, that's all it is.
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answered:    July 17, 2011
can I make it a favorite phrase and/or sentence? How about "no one told me" as in no one told me it is stupid to do that so I went ahead and did it. But as for a word....just for its meaning...."in denial".
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