Newly-Discovered Words, Phrases That Make Me Sick
This is my dear friend, Catgypsy. She is a very talented writer I met during my time on HubPages. And glad of it. She has taught me a lot about cats, writing, and life. For these lessons which are priceless, I thank her for that.
I am dedicating this hub to her simply because last year she was talking to me (on the phone) and she began to talk about things people say and sometimes say too much. I was struck with lightning to see where she was going with her discussion.
Then one day I was writing a hub and after I had finished, I did some searching to see who all had written hubs so I could read them, and lo and behold, there it was. A masterpiece hub written by my friend, Catgypsy about (her) ideas of things people overuse in daily life. I loved it.
And now with several months passing, I want to honor her and our friendship with what I am calling "Newly-Discovered Words, Phrases That Make Me Sick."
I hate to be so graphic, but that's how I express my disgust at hearing the words and phrases listed below. If you have a weak stomach or squeamish, I suggest that you just stay put. These words and phrases, which I loathe, just might cheer you up.
People are different.
is just one of the many overused words and phrases that has attached themselves to people in 2014. I suppose, by carefully-listening to these people yak about their lives, loves, and failing grades in junior college, I can assume that this select group of people use these words and phrases as a safety net or duck blind to hide behind to mask their own shortcomings. If I had my way, and those social engineers who promote such short words and phrases would listen to me, I would delete forever, "call me," and replace it with, "Would you please give me a call?" This phrase is much-more sensitive and respectable.
COOL is another overused word the girl in the photo below is saying to her boyfriend who is suggesting that they do some canoeing this weekend in some national park and resort. Instead of saying, "Jim, that sounds fine. What time are you going to pick me up?" She simply shows her communication laziness by using "cool" too many times.
SWEEEEET I've heard this one word so much that I get instantly-nauseated when I hear it on television and public. So that explains why I do not venture out in pubic or stay on one channel too much on my television. My sanity, or what's left of it, is more important to me than this one stupid word spoken by teenagers and 20 something's who try so hard to be cool. And can't.
DIGITS is said by pseudo-cool teens and 20 something's instead of numbers. EXAMPLE: "I give the girl my digits," when "I gave Alice my number," which to me sounds more mature.
HOOKING-UP sounds like people who work for a major railroad as they "hook up" the boxcars on a train headed out of the train yard destined for Maine. Just say, "I plan on getting with Janice later tonight," when you are boasting to your friends of your sexual prowess. This sounds much more adult and less mechanical.
DA BOMB sadly, is making a comeback. I said sadly because I thought it had died. Please, young people, and those who want to be young again, use any positive, understandable adjective or phrase when describing a rap concert or demolition derby star and leave this "Da Bomb" in the grave.
FRONTIN' Okay. I admit it. I am not African American. I am not a superstar rapper or his or her handler. This word means putting up a fake front to deceive someone. Would it be less cool for the rapper or caucasian rapper to say, "Hey, you are telling a lie"? My suggestion is more aggressive and gets the liar's attention quicker.
TUNES has taken the place of songs. Not with me. I still use "songs" when I engage in conversations about music. The only instance I use "tunes," is when I discuss the iconic Warner Bros. cartoon legacy, "Looney Tunes."
YOU FEEL ME Actually no. I do not want to "feel" of you when you talk to me. I had much rather listen, process and understand. But somehow my choice of NOT using "feel me," is not heard by the masses of people when they talk face-to-face, mostly in angered tones, "you feel me?" I guess that means the person using this term has reached a certain enlightened level of coolness and power. No thanks. I'll stick to, "do you understand what I am saying?"
CHOW DOWN isn't used by African American rappers. At all. But white people, mostly those who come from a much-rigid background. EXAMPLE: "Ned, I'm starving. Let's hit Deny's and chow down!" Hey, I got an idea? Why not say, "Ned, I'm starving. Let's go to Deny's and have dinner." Oh, doesn't that sound much better? The other sounds like horses who have learned to talk about eating out.
F-I-N-E is used to replace, "I think you look fabulous, Karin." I really see no harm is using "fine," to compliment a girl's looks, but personally, I like to elaborate the point. "Karin, may I say that it is a sin for a girl to look as hot as you do tonight."