Words Never to be Used Again!

I’m sure each of you has a list of words that make you crazy, words that seem to be on everyone’s lips. I’d love to hear yours! My two most annoying words are: iconic (or icon) and awesome! (always followed by an exclamation point). In both cases, these words seem like lazy signifiers, an advertiser who is trying to sound with it and fails utterly. And while we’re at it, have you heard the Ketel One commercial for gentlemen only? I guess women don’t drink vodka. Then again, I won’t drink theirs after being so chauvinistically excluded. What are your word peeves?


About Laury A. Egan

The author of "The Outcast Oracle" (A Kirkus Reviews "Best Book of 2013"); "Fog and Other Stories'" a psychological suspense novel, "Jenny Kidd'" and "Fabulous! An Opera Buffa" (forthcoming, 2018). Poetry: two full-length collections: "Snow, Shadows, a Stranger" and "Beneath the Lion's Paw;" and a chapbook, "The Sea & Beyond," all issued in limited editions. For many years, she worked as a senior designer and administrator for Princeton University Press and later as a freelancer for 20 publishers.
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