When I read this prompt early this morning, I started mulling it over. I could not come up with one particular word that I would want banned. However, I have to say that I don’t like it when people create new words because they don’t want to take the time to select the correct words to make their thoughts known For example, I don’t like that nouns and adjectives are turned into verbs when they are not meant to be verbs. For example, the adjective “onboard’ has been turned to “onboarding” meaning that a person has gone through the hiring process in a business organization. Why not just say “Mr. Smith has been hired,” not “Mr. Smith has been on-boarded.” It sounds like Mr. Smith has been kidnapped by pirates. Or worse: turning a company name into a verb. For example, “googling”. It sounds too much like “ogling”. “I googled Mr. Smith.” Well, how flirty of you!
There are also certain phrases I don’t like. For example, consider “I’ll scratch your back; you scratch mine.” When I think of this, I envision primates sitting in a tree grooming each other. It also promotes a self-serving sentiment. How about we do things for others because it is the right thing to do, not for what we can get out of it.
And the phrase “pet-peeve”? Another one that annoys me. Overused.
I guess I should lighten up. English by its nature is an ever-evolving language with new words and idioms constantly coming in. I probably make up new words and overuse old phrases as much as anyone.
My point is this: if one is going to be a word-smith, then be good at it.
Post-script: As I write this, I just noted my own title to this post, “Word-Smithing”. A verb from a noun! Ha! My bad. Oh, another over-used phrase! I concede. It can’t be helped. I withdraw my protestations. (Hanging my head in shame).