October 27th, 2009 / 3:00 pm
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WORDS THAT SHOULD DIE AMONG OTHERS:

paradigm     very     salient
zany          droll   hopefully   excited
nonplus  risible    gender     guy
Fernando Pessoa   paradigmatic clarity

174 Comments

  1. a moorad

      myriad

      grandeur

  2. a moorad

      myriad

      grandeur

  3. alec niedenthal

      miasma

      jesus fuck, that word

  4. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      undulate

  5. Rauan Klassnik

      seamless and seamlessly….. top of my hated list……

  6. alec niedenthal

      miasma

      jesus fuck, that word

  7. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      undulate

  8. Rauan Klassnik

      seamless and seamlessly….. top of my hated list……

  9. davidpeak

      miasma. i was thinking the exact same thing!

  10. davidpeak

      miasma. i was thinking the exact same thing!

  11. Amy McDaniel

      oh also unbearable. so overused. also chlamydia but only because it sounds so pretty so i wish it could die and be resurrected as a name for girls. it has my name in the middle!

  12. Amy McDaniel

      oh also unbearable. so overused. also chlamydia but only because it sounds so pretty so i wish it could die and be resurrected as a name for girls. it has my name in the middle!

  13. reynard

      i think cirrhosis beat you to pessoa

  14. Amy McDaniel

      totally. but i like seamy.

  15. reynard

      i think cirrhosis beat you to pessoa

  16. Amy McDaniel

      totally. but i like seamy.

  17. Amy McDaniel

      how about richard zenith then

  18. Amy McDaniel

      how about richard zenith then

  19. jereme

      why on earth would the words “fernando pessoa” need to be destroyed?

      i only harbor ill will towards the word “irony”

  20. jereme

      why on earth would the words “fernando pessoa” need to be destroyed?

      i only harbor ill will towards the word “irony”

  21. john sakkis

      i vote for “wonky”

      and then i “totally” say “totally” too much…

      “douchebag” used to mean something because it was so antiquated…kind of like “dickhead” but older and funnier…

      “bro” definitely works in lieu douchebag but i’m trying to say “bispo/ chico” instead…e.g. “how was The Page last night?” “same old, full of bispo…” bispo = san louis…”how was The Page last night?” “the usual, hella chico…”

      i also say “kind of” too much…

  22. john sakkis

      i vote for “wonky”

      and then i “totally” say “totally” too much…

      “douchebag” used to mean something because it was so antiquated…kind of like “dickhead” but older and funnier…

      “bro” definitely works in lieu douchebag but i’m trying to say “bispo/ chico” instead…e.g. “how was The Page last night?” “same old, full of bispo…” bispo = san louis…”how was The Page last night?” “the usual, hella chico…”

      i also say “kind of” too much…

  23. a moorad

      any word spoken with a british accent

  24. a moorad

      any word spoken with a british accent

  25. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      malaria would also make a beautiful name

  26. Tim Jones-Yelvington

      malaria would also make a beautiful name

  27. reynard

      fair enough. anyone with a epic noun surname deserves to die, whether or not he’s keeping the pessoa alive.

  28. reynard

      fair enough. anyone with a epic noun surname deserves to die, whether or not he’s keeping the pessoa alive.

  29. Nathan Tyree

      undulate has uses, but they are rare. using it in an interesting sentence is very difficult

  30. Nathan Tyree

      undulate has uses, but they are rare. using it in an interesting sentence is very difficult

  31. christopher earl.

      i used to like “hope” but now i only like what it signifies, and think the word should die. “change,” too. that shit be tired now like old hat.

      “old hat” should come back.

  32. christopher earl.

      i used to like “hope” but now i only like what it signifies, and think the word should die. “change,” too. that shit be tired now like old hat.

      “old hat” should come back.

  33. Beniamino

      Other

  34. Beniamino

      Other

  35. Beniamino

      Asperberg’s got its own charm

  36. Beniamino

      Asperberg’s got its own charm

  37. davidpeak

      on behalf of everyone with noun surnames, epic or no:

      grow up.

  38. davidpeak

      on behalf of everyone with noun surnames, epic or no:

      grow up.

  39. drew kalbach

      second that

  40. drew kalbach

      second that

  41. Amy McDaniel

      Self

  42. Amy McDaniel

      Self

  43. Nathan Tyree

      unless you are from the U.K.

  44. Vaughan Simons

      Do you mean the proper English words? Before they were taken over the Atlantic and corrupted?

  45. Tony O'Neill

      i hate the word paradigm.

      i also hate the word ‘guesstimate.’ is it a guess or an estimate? you cant have it both way fuckers. isnt an estimate just an educated guess? why the attempt to introduce a new, totally unnecessary word? fuck i hate the word guesstimate.

      and “kudos”. if anyone says kudos to me i will have to mace them and then kick them in the nuts while they are fumbling around screaming that their eyes are on fire.

  46. Nathan Tyree

      unless you are from the U.K.

  47. Vaughan Simons

      Do you mean the proper English words? Before they were taken over the Atlantic and corrupted?

  48. Tony O'Neill

      i hate the word paradigm.

      i also hate the word ‘guesstimate.’ is it a guess or an estimate? you cant have it both way fuckers. isnt an estimate just an educated guess? why the attempt to introduce a new, totally unnecessary word? fuck i hate the word guesstimate.

      and “kudos”. if anyone says kudos to me i will have to mace them and then kick them in the nuts while they are fumbling around screaming that their eyes are on fire.

  49. Nathan Tyree

      don’t be fucking with very. very rules. there are not very many words that kick balls the way very does

  50. Nathan Tyree

      don’t be fucking with very. very rules. there are not very many words that kick balls the way very does

  51. davidpeak

      sticktoitiveness

  52. davidpeak

      sticktoitiveness

  53. Matt Cozart

      Agree. Very has good uses.

  54. alec niedenthal

      i hate construct, like “social construct.”

      what do you guys think of just?

  55. Matt Cozart

      Agree. Very has good uses.

  56. alec niedenthal

      i hate construct, like “social construct.”

      what do you guys think of just?

  57. Matt Cozart

      I think guesstimate is supposed to mean “uneducated guess”. Not to defend it! I’m with you. But I think it’s here to stay for a while–apparently it started in the ’30s.

  58. Matt Cozart

      I think guesstimate is supposed to mean “uneducated guess”. Not to defend it! I’m with you. But I think it’s here to stay for a while–apparently it started in the ’30s.

  59. Beniamino

      Identity?

  60. Beniamino

      Identity?

  61. a moorad

      specifically, i mean scouse.

  62. a moorad

      specifically, i mean scouse.

  63. Nathan Tyree

      I like irony. The word seems useless, though

  64. Nathan Tyree

      I like irony. The word seems useless, though

  65. Nathan Tyree

      “drop the dime” and “groovy” should come back

  66. Nathan Tyree

      “drop the dime” and “groovy” should come back

  67. Nathan Tyree

      my skin just moved in a very bad way. that is not even a word, and I refuse to believe otherwise

  68. Nathan Tyree

      I like construct. As in house

  69. Nathan Tyree

      my skin just moved in a very bad way. that is not even a word, and I refuse to believe otherwise

  70. Nathan Tyree

      I like construct. As in house

  71. Matt Cozart

      I have a certain fondness for this word. But “persistence” seems adequate.

  72. Matt Cozart

      I have a certain fondness for this word. But “persistence” seems adequate.

  73. alec niedenthal

      when would you use it, though?

  74. alec niedenthal

      when would you use it, though?

  75. Ben Spivey

      How about the word zenith.

  76. Ben Spivey

      How about the word zenith.

  77. Vaughan Simons

      Oh, in that case, fair enough our kid, scally, ar’ey like.

  78. Vaughan Simons

      Oh, in that case, fair enough our kid, scally, ar’ey like.

  79. alec niedentha

      utilize

  80. alec niedentha

      utilize

  81. Amy McDaniel

      Personhood.

  82. Amy McDaniel

      Personhood.

  83. Ryan Call

      dialogue (v.)

  84. alec niedenthal

      damn it appears i utilized my name wrong

  85. Ryan Call

      dialogue (v.)

  86. alec niedenthal

      damn it appears i utilized my name wrong

  87. Nathan Tyree

      I’m going to construct a house of cards seems prettier than I’m going to build a house of cards. It also seems heavier.

  88. Nathan Tyree

      agreed

  89. Nathan Tyree

      I’m going to construct a house of cards seems prettier than I’m going to build a house of cards. It also seems heavier.

  90. Nathan Tyree

      agreed

  91. kateland harte

      I always thought “diarrhea” was nice.

  92. kateland harte

      I always thought “diarrhea” was nice.

  93. Nathan Tyree

      metastasis is a beautiful word

  94. Nathan Tyree

      metastasis is a beautiful word

  95. alec niedenthal

      oh, i thought you meant house as a noun, like “welcome to my beach construct!”

  96. alec niedenthal

      oh, i thought you meant house as a noun, like “welcome to my beach construct!”

  97. Matt Cozart

      logorrhea

  98. Matt Cozart

      logorrhea

  99. Nathan Tyree

      “October 27th, 2009 / 4:54 pmalec niedenthal—

      oh, i thought you meant house as a noun, like “welcome to my beach construct!”

      No, but i like that.

  100. Nathan Tyree

      Just is great! That was a just outcome.

  101. Nathan Tyree

      “October 27th, 2009 / 4:54 pmalec niedenthal—

      oh, i thought you meant house as a noun, like “welcome to my beach construct!”

      No, but i like that.

  102. Nathan Tyree

      Just is great! That was a just outcome.

  103. alec niedenthal

      i do too, kind of

  104. alec niedenthal

      i do too, kind of

  105. reynard

      but david, all surnames are nouns, this is why the epic part is important.

      sorry that i said you need to die, but i just don’t think i can recant myself. i just can’t reach that far. i’ve tried.

  106. reynard

      but david, all surnames are nouns, this is why the epic part is important.

      sorry that i said you need to die, but i just don’t think i can recant myself. i just can’t reach that far. i’ve tried.

  107. anon
  108. anon
  109. Danielle

      diaphanous

  110. Danielle

      diaphanous

  111. Michael James

      Is dickbag okay?

  112. Michael James

      whats wrong with very?

  113. Michael James

      Is dickbag okay?

  114. Michael James

      whats wrong with very?

  115. james yeh

      yeah fuck “irony”

  116. james yeh

      yeah fuck “irony”

  117. james yeh

      lapis lazuli, glimmer, glinting

  118. james yeh

      lapis lazuli, glimmer, glinting

  119. james yeh

      yes, i like very too

  120. james yeh

      yes, i like very too

  121. james yeh

      also: glitter

      but not “glower” — i like that one. that one’s good.

  122. james yeh

      also: glitter

      but not “glower” — i like that one. that one’s good.

  123. james yeh

      also, what’s wrong with “guy”

  124. james yeh

      also, what’s wrong with “guy”

  125. davidpeak

      i’m a fan

  126. davidpeak

      i’m a fan

  127. Amy McDaniel

      i don’t think very should really totally die, but i am tired of seeing it in student essays. in most cases, it doesn’t add meaning.

  128. Amy McDaniel

      i don’t think very should really totally die, but i am tired of seeing it in student essays. in most cases, it doesn’t add meaning.

  129. Amy McDaniel

      it’s mostly “you guys” that should die, especially when it refers to a group that includes women. i think guy can be funny in sentences like, “Hey, guy, cool it!”

  130. Amy McDaniel

      it’s mostly “you guys” that should die, especially when it refers to a group that includes women. i think guy can be funny in sentences like, “Hey, guy, cool it!”

  131. joeseife

      Quipped. Pooh-poohed.

  132. joeseife

      Quipped. Pooh-poohed.

  133. james yeh

      ah

      yeah, using guy as a form of address is good. that’s the usage of guy i wouldn’t ever want to lose.

      also, the name “Guy” — also kind of great. even greater when pronounced in French.

  134. james yeh

      ah

      yeah, using guy as a form of address is good. that’s the usage of guy i wouldn’t ever want to lose.

      also, the name “Guy” — also kind of great. even greater when pronounced in French.

  135. james yeh

      as in the famous hockey goalie of franco-canadian descent, “Guy Hebert” (pronounced “geee-a-bear”)

  136. james yeh

      as in the famous hockey goalie of franco-canadian descent, “Guy Hebert” (pronounced “geee-a-bear”)

  137. davidpeak

      you can’t reach that far?

      no one asked you to recant yourself. i wouldn’t want you to.

  138. davidpeak

      you can’t reach that far?

      no one asked you to recant yourself. i wouldn’t want you to.

  139. mark leidner

      when she talks about what words should die it only brings them back to life :(

  140. mark leidner

      when she talks about what words should die it only brings them back to life :(

  141. Amy McDaniel

      how do you know that wasn’t my goal all along?

  142. Amy McDaniel

      how do you know that wasn’t my goal all along?

  143. james yeh

      subversive!

  144. james yeh

      subversive!

  145. Amy McDaniel

      I love that too. and i love that the generic word “guy” comes from the name, Guy Fawkes, who must have just been the most guyish guy ever

  146. Amy McDaniel

      I love that too. and i love that the generic word “guy” comes from the name, Guy Fawkes, who must have just been the most guyish guy ever

  147. james yeh

      hey guy, you should chill out, guy

  148. james yeh

      hey guy, you should chill out, guy

  149. reynard

      oh, i meant to say ‘recunt’

      sorry

      #oneletteroffintransitiveverbs

  150. reynard

      oh, i meant to say ‘recunt’

      sorry

      #oneletteroffintransitiveverbs

  151. john sakkis

      totally good.

  152. john sakkis

      totally good.

  153. Garett Strickland

      ‘CUSE ME BROTHA, CAN YOU SPARE A PARADIGM?

      (Nigga, ain’t nothin’ you can buy for twenty cents!!!)

  154. Garett Strickland

      ‘CUSE ME BROTHA, CAN YOU SPARE A PARADIGM?

      (Nigga, ain’t nothin’ you can buy for twenty cents!!!)

  155. Garett Strickland

      I’m voting ‘meme’ out of circulation.

  156. Garett Strickland

      I’m voting ‘meme’ out of circulation.

  157. mimi

      Kudos, Tony.
      Way to go.
      Woot woot.
      Boolah boolah.

  158. mimi

      Kudos, Tony.
      Way to go.
      Woot woot.
      Boolah boolah.

  159. stu

      angst, existential (especially in reviews, blurbs or synopses), all subjunctive moods, sans (sin and sem are okay), saunter, clamor, adding the ‘u’ in words like color, favor, favorite (if you are American), saccharine…

  160. stu

      angst, existential (especially in reviews, blurbs or synopses), all subjunctive moods, sans (sin and sem are okay), saunter, clamor, adding the ‘u’ in words like color, favor, favorite (if you are American), saccharine…

  161. ce.

      convivial. i want to strangle that word.

      (when i first typed that, i typed, “i want to stangle that word,” and thought, “stangle should be a word.”)

  162. ce.

      convivial. i want to strangle that word.

      (when i first typed that, i typed, “i want to stangle that word,” and thought, “stangle should be a word.”)

  163. niina

      palimpsest

  164. niina

      palimpsest

  165. Garett Strickland

      Oh no you didn’t!

      Pick on a different word, you pale limp cyst!

      Like maybe ‘aesthetic’. Was that one already mentioned?

  166. Garett Strickland

      Oh no you didn’t!

      Pick on a different word, you pale limp cyst!

      Like maybe ‘aesthetic’. Was that one already mentioned?

  167. Mather Schneider

      Alchemy

  168. Mather Schneider

      Alchemy

  169. Rauan Klassnik

      you are seamy!

  170. Rauan Klassnik

      you are seamy!

  171. niina

      at a reading i once heard a poem that used it twice in the first line. i was over the word after that.

      “aesthetic” is pretty forgettable.

  172. niina

      at a reading i once heard a poem that used it twice in the first line. i was over the word after that.

      “aesthetic” is pretty forgettable.

  173. Garett Strickland

      Supposing a real alchemist would find a better way of getting at the word, besides.

  174. Garett Strickland

      Supposing a real alchemist would find a better way of getting at the word, besides.