The Water Cooler – Words You Hate

June 17, 2014 12:00 pm · 111 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

We asked this question a few years ago, and thought it would be fun to bring it up again after a Claycordian emailed us with a water cooler question suggestion….”Do you have a word you don’t like? I hate “plump” and “meal”, but I don’t know why. I’m curious what words are out there being hated by other Claycordians. Am I alone here?

Claycordians, what are a few words that you just hate to hear?

Talk about it!

1 MikeyV June 17, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I also dislike the word ‘meal’

I also hate the word ‘crisp’ and ‘vehicle’

2 Ick June 17, 2014 at 12:18 PM

Moist — worst word ever

3 Concordejet June 17, 2014 at 12:20 PM


4 Enfield303 June 17, 2014 at 12:23 PM

Tweet or hashtag.

5 Anon June 17, 2014 at 12:29 PM


6 biggus thinkus June 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM

i dislike the word Hate.
i’m also not a fan of any kind of self degradation (calling oneself fat, stupid, lazy, etc).

7 Anon June 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM


8 Anastasia June 17, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Cray Cray!

9 Spoiled Child June 17, 2014 at 12:55 PM


10 Antler June 17, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Referring only to disliking a word because of its sound alone, I dislike the hissing sounds so prevalent in the English language.

One such evil word is

11 Happy One June 17, 2014 at 1:07 PM

“Often” with the “t” pronounced. I know it’s acceptable now, but it still bothers me. It was never pronounced that way when I was growing up.

“On accident” really grates on my nerves, too. Something can occur “on purpose” or “by accident”, but not “on accident”.

12 Dorothy June 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

The word “hate” is one of the worse 4 letter words there is.

2nd is the “F—” word, especially when used casually in conversations.

13 skrab June 17, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Moist, slacks, panties, odor.

14 94598 June 17, 2014 at 1:12 PM

No cray cray- I am fat and lazy but not too stupid to take my lazy self to the toilet when I feel moist. I hate political tweets and hashtags unless they are crisp and to the point. I’m gonna have a meal soon

15 Pinto June 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM


16 Ick! June 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM


17 ClayDen June 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM


Mr. Mayor, how about another WC topic: Words you like.
One of my favorites is disintegration (you dis-integrate something).

18 Hate words? June 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Words are our only verbal form of communication. There are a lot of words that are hateful, a lot of words profane. I can see how people can hate hearing, reading and speaking such words.

Words can create hate, but they should be used more to create beauty. Perhaps Mr. Mayor will follow this topic up with words people love to see and hear. Love, splendor, delightful, laugh and smile are just some wonderful words.

Two words I don’t hate but that are misused and overused are “awesome” and “cute”. The words available to people who speak English are near innumerable yet many of us have a usable vocabulary of a few dozen words. Now that’s something to hate.

19 Broke June 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Taxes. Every time I hear it I feel I’m being ripped off by all the wasteful spending on wars, illegal aliens, handouts to lazy people, bloated salaries and extra perks given government employees/public servants, etc etc etc etc etc etc.

20 DummitDowns June 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Undocumented workers and freedom fighters.

21 Lori June 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Axe (ask)

22 ClayDen June 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

@Happy One

On accident bugs me too.

23 P_Hill June 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM

Unloosen. I unloosened it as tight as it will go!

24 jtkatec June 17, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Like, I’m not sure, like, if there is a word, like, which annoys me.

Like, I knew this guy one time, like, who used to talk about himself, like, all the time.

25 IckyWordTurds June 17, 2014 at 1:34 PM

Alls: Alls you have to do is…
Ax: I have a question to ax you.

These aren’t words, but I don’t like all the acronyms: BFF, OMG, etc.

26 Elwood June 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Two most dreaded words from my wife: “I think.”

Three most dreaded words from my wife: “I’ve been thinking.”

Six most dreaded words from my wife: “I’ve been thinking about our relationship.”

27 Bird Fan June 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM


28 Nancy June 17, 2014 at 1:41 PM

Taxes. Really grinds my gears.

29 Eddie Spaghetti June 17, 2014 at 1:43 PM


30 jeninreality June 17, 2014 at 1:48 PM

“Larvae”, most likely for the obvious reason. I think the word that drives me insane is when someone says “axe” rather than “ask”.

31 Tom June 17, 2014 at 1:57 PM

@IckyWordTurds OMG I hella disagree!! My BFF loves my #acronyms!! Loves it

32 Kirkwood June 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Words ending with the letter “r” where the “r’ is replaced by the sound of another letter such as “a”. R’s require a little more effort to form, and to me, not exerting that effort represents laziness. Example: Mutha.

This does not apply to speakers of other languages, particularly Asian.

33 Nutcreek Frontier June 17, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Wash pronounced with a “R” as in going to “warsh” clothes, fingernails on chalkboard for me

34 Dawg June 17, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Frisco, you can call it The City or San Francisco, but never, ever call it Frisco.

35 Domestic CEO June 17, 2014 at 2:27 PM

When people say it is impor-ant. I dislike the word hate. How about “like” “you know?” “hashtag” and the female “c” word is the worst! Using the “f” word when there is no need (so you didn’t hit your elbow or bash your toe on a chair or something)… when people talk like this: “I don’t ‘f-ing’ care what you ‘f-ing’ think you are ‘f-in’ doing”. What the ‘f’? My ears turn off at the first ‘f’ word so I never hear what those people say. I really dislike ebonics too, I can’t understand a bloody thing they say… just like pig-latin.

36 HERROO June 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Prius. Toilet paper. Plunger <— have a couple at home….

37 Mamatosix June 17, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Tolerance!!! It is code for you better believe what I/we say or you are gonna be judged as a racist, bigot, closed minded etc.

38 RussSayin June 17, 2014 at 2:37 PM

N word

39 Incognito June 17, 2014 at 2:39 PM

I have a few:

I dislike it and cringe when having a conversation with someone or watching an interview on television when the person says, “You know” after every other word.

I also dislike: “I know, right?”
And, then there’s “Delish” short for delicious.
And, finally, the word “that” is such a dead word and yet people over use it all the time both verbally speaking and in writing.

40 marinemom June 17, 2014 at 2:55 PM

OK after every word….drives me crazy..

41 Obama June 17, 2014 at 3:02 PM

I hate the word Obama

42 The Mamba June 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

inserting “like” inappropriately
pop in reference to soda
I also hate most shortenings of words: totes, cazh (casual), brekkie (breakfast)

43 wow June 17, 2014 at 3:20 PM

i hate when people say ‘turn down for what’

44 Jerk June 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM

African American (should only apply to anyone actually BORN in Africa & living in America – in that case it could be a White person too).


Hashtag. Idiots use that word.
Tweet. The same Idiots use that word also.
Holla, Playa, Hella

45 Grumpy Old Man June 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM

A word I REALLY like:UnObama

46 I'm The Urban Spaceman June 17, 2014 at 3:54 PM

Mamba, you live in a Soda State, not a Pop State…here’s an interesting map of the USA Soda vs. Pop.

47 Ancient Mariner June 17, 2014 at 3:58 PM

I don’t mind when an uneducated person innocently gets a word wrong. What else is to be expected?
But I hate to hear a pretentious speaker puff himself up by using a big word when a lttle word would have done just fine, and using it incorrectly. For instance, I hate the use of “momentarily” when used incorrectly, as in “The doctor will see you momentarily”. “Momentarily” means “for a moment”, not “in a moment”. The person should have said “The doctor will see you in a moment”.

48 dilligafman June 17, 2014 at 4:05 PM

WIFE-Tried it once,wasn’t impressed. I knew it wasn’t for me when she said I couldn’t date anymore!!

49 Lulu1949 June 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

“whatever”….. said with a I don’t give a flying fig attitude.

50 AAARGH!!! June 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Using “myself” incorrectly drives me up the wall: “Any questions, come see Bob or myself”. It’s “Come see Bob or ME!!”

Also, “whole nother” – what the hell word is “nother”?!!!

51 Marianne June 17, 2014 at 4:22 PM

idiotic, tried it on my husband a few times until he told me he had the word removed from the dictionary.

52 The Professor June 17, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Why is everybody against “moist” and “panties”. I happen to be a fan of both.

I despise “tolerant” and “tolerance”. It usually means the opposite (intolerance) when used.

53 The Mamba June 17, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Haha, that’s pretty good spaceman – I went to school in Oregon for a year and it was definitely one of the ways you could tell the natives from us Californians.

54 Julio June 17, 2014 at 4:36 PM

“Like” used 10 times in a sentence. “You know” used the same way.
“I mean”…we can figure out what you mean if you don’t start out using “I mean” in every sentence.

55 Brenda June 17, 2014 at 4:44 PM

why come?

56 ClayDen June 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Here’s a phrase that annoys me, but you hear it on most newscasts: “at this point in time…” Every moment is a point in time. They should be saying “at this time…”

57 What security June 17, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Any derogatory word to describe another Race, Gender or sexuality,
followed by G. W Bush, Reagan, Rebublicans, Sara Palin, tea party

58 Rick June 17, 2014 at 5:01 PM


59 ARGHHH!! June 17, 2014 at 5:27 PM

the phrase “it is what it is”

supposably instead of supposedly

3 a.m. in the morning….if it’s A.M. it’s MORNING

60 typical concord resident June 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Man, no wonder commenters on Claycord are so angry all the time. The world is just filled with bad words! Wah!

61 Atticus Thraxx June 17, 2014 at 5:47 PM

The word penis. Vagina doesn’t win any prizes but at least it has three syllables. But penis? And scrotum? We couldn’t do any better?

62 primo June 17, 2014 at 5:51 PM

So easy:
democrats (and related words) :

63 Connie Dobbs June 17, 2014 at 5:58 PM


64 aka June 17, 2014 at 6:21 PM

I would have to say “hashtag”…….It is a pound sign or a tic tac toe board damn it.

65 Pegasus June 17, 2014 at 6:26 PM

“moving forward” “in terms of”

66 RunDogRun June 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM

I get visual images of some words
as they are spoken. One in particular
is quite distracting. And, another one
is really disgusting … I see the person
who says it covered in it. I can’t say the
words here. They aren’t generally
considered “nice.”

67 8066 June 17, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Comfort food. Back in the day.

68 Horse n around June 17, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Person robbed by BMA
Person robbed by WMA
Person robbed by HMA

69 Mark June 17, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Who my Baby Daddy is or Baby Momma.

70 CrazyCat June 17, 2014 at 7:08 PM

The N word

71 Mr.Clean June 17, 2014 at 7:17 PM


72 Larrabee June 17, 2014 at 7:20 PM

“methinks”; although it is useful for identifying pretentious a**holes.

73 anon June 17, 2014 at 7:30 PM


74 Just sayin June 17, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Last Call

75 Always Right June 17, 2014 at 7:54 PM


A term when used in a political context says nothing and really means nothing. Progress toward what?

76 instagramma June 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM


77 Silva June 17, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Atticus Thraxx wins again.

78 J Frank June 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM


79 RaD June 17, 2014 at 8:52 PM


Not real words people! Not real words!

80 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 17, 2014 at 9:02 PM

Well……. I don’t know about you Atticus, but I can do better than “Penis” & “Scrotum”. If I couldn’t I’d just call it a night & go home.

Anyway my most hated word(s) are “Price Point”. I mean… how pretentious do we have to be?

81 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 17, 2014 at 9:07 PM

#70 Crazy Cat – Cent? Can’t?….. which is it? I’m betting “Can’t”.

82 Dr. Jellyfinger® June 17, 2014 at 9:09 PM

Crazy Cat, never mind…. Barbie just explained it to me. That reminds me of a joke… ahem!

*A gentleman sits next to a priest on an airplane. He sees the priest doing a crossword puzzle.

Time passes and the priest says, “Excuse me, sir, but do you know a four letter word that describes a woman and ends in ‘u-n-t’?”

The gentleman thinks about this and finally says, “I believe the word you’re looking for is ‘aunt.'”

The priest replies, “Oh, you’re right. That fits, too. Would you happen to have an eraser?”

83 Westbrook June 17, 2014 at 9:44 PM


84 Westbrook June 17, 2014 at 9:46 PM

Conversate, because it’s not a word.

85 What Security June 17, 2014 at 9:59 PM

o yeah,

Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakland and Richmond too

86 What Security June 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

most hated word

Dennis LOL

87 What Security June 17, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Foshizzle, Fo REEEEEEEalzzzzzzzzz, JEWwerrly,
askSS, getting Jiggy with it. BAMM!
Love, I”m sorry, Womans rights, affirmative action.
Equal Rights and most hated word.

88 MzJones June 17, 2014 at 11:18 PM


89 Ancient Mariner June 17, 2014 at 11:21 PM

Also EVOO, by some TV cook.
(Extra virgin olive oil).

90 nytemuvr June 18, 2014 at 12:51 AM

Groovy answers….man

91 Brenda June 18, 2014 at 6:41 AM


92 Silva June 18, 2014 at 6:44 AM

What is so annoying about the lovely descriptive word “moist”?

93 Barge June 18, 2014 at 7:50 AM

“unfortunately”, “panties”, and “cinched” as in “I’ll have it cinched.”

94 Cuzzzzzz............ June 18, 2014 at 8:19 AM

Collaborate, collaborative, collaboration
Aks (instead of ask)
gurrrrrrrl (instead of girl)
“ya know”
conversate (instead of converse)

95 Random Task June 18, 2014 at 8:38 AM

General Fund

96 Wordsmith June 18, 2014 at 8:41 AM

There’s – when it’s substituted incorrectly for “there are.”

Example – “There’s two cats” = “There is two cats.” It makes me crazy.

97 RunDogRun June 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM

When I hear the word LGBT
I see a whole gay porn movie
in my head. Then I start to

98 Walnut Creek Resident June 18, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Basically-Sick of it

Exactly-Sick of it

LGBT -Sick of it

99 Danny June 18, 2014 at 10:13 AM

I hate words that people use to try and sound cute; like french or italian words that end with the sound of “ay”, words like Latte and Fiancé.

I hate they way they sound so much that I call my fiancé my Super Girlfriend instead.

100 Mimi (original) June 18, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The use of NOM instead of yum or yummy, NOM is NOT a word! I think this is the one that irritates me the most. As with many other Claycordians; AKS instead of ASK, PACIFIC instead of SPECIFIC, along with all the other great annoyances listed above!

101 I'm The Urban Spaceman June 18, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Starbucks lingo e.g. ‘Venti’ only thing worse is what they put into their venti grande tall short cups.

102 Robbery watcher June 18, 2014 at 12:05 PM

irregardless, anyways

103 What security June 18, 2014 at 1:09 PM


Would you date yourself?

104 Sandy Eggo June 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Literally. People use it far too often and half the time don’t even use it right. “It’s literally been a thousand years since I saw her.” Um, no you haven’t been alive for 100 years, so it literally has not been that long! Grrr

105 your neighbor June 18, 2014 at 4:10 PM


106 Rick June 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

fox. As in noise.

107 Concord Guy June 18, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Baby bump.

108 anon June 18, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Crusty and Pus and if they’re in the same sentence I start to get the willies. Just so you know I’ve never said I got the willies before in all my 50 years. I think my generation gets heebie jeebies, but i never said I got those either. Oh now I remember we got ‘grossed out’ in my generation.
But mostly anything that is overused. Be youself, be original. But forget the F word and almost all other curse words. Try to develop your vocabulary. The swearing is really boring.

109 Vanessa June 19, 2014 at 1:09 AM

OOOhhh…Crusty and Pus Warts, the main words on Fox news. Dear God!

110 LorRetTAH81 June 21, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Ooze always kinda creeps me out….

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