Words I Happen to Dislike

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Ellie
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"Narc" as shorthand for "narcissist." My favorite parenting Facebook group has a subgroup for single parents, and it took me wayyyyy too long to realize when people complained about their "narc exes" that they didn't mean they'd been married to tattletales.
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I hate when British/Australian/New Zealander people say "homely" to mean cozy and comfortable, i.e. what we Americans would call "homey." I know it's not WRONG (like the way so many people type "weary of" when they mean "wary of") but it drives me bananas. "Oh, I love your cabin, it's so ugly!"
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Yeah
AMERICAN MOTHERFUCKER! DO YOU SPEAK IT?
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Ellie wrote: 20 Aug 2020, 11:00 I hate when British/Australian/New Zealander people say "homely" to mean cozy and comfortable, i.e. what we Americans would call "homey." I know it's not WRONG (like the way so many people type "weary of" when they mean "wary of") but it drives me bananas. "Oh, I love your cabin, it's so ugly!"
I first encountered that in Tolkien; Elrond's home is named "The Last Homely House", which, as a kid, I thought was odd. "There are much nicer houses further along, but this is the last shitty hovel you'll encounter!"
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"Spook", as in the Stirmer-derived "X is a spook" rhetorical construct where someone complains that people care about and adhere to some abstract concept the speaker dislikes. It's just so inane and precious.
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In the Navy a "spook" was someone that worked in the cryptography room.
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