After a long break the Atlas blog is back. You may think I’ve been lying in the park, turning pink, with the rest of sun-starved countrymen and women, but actually it was exams that kept me quiet, and indoors.
Enough. On to today’s topic: the worst words and phrases in English. With millions to choose from, there are always going to be a few we don’t like. A while ago The Guardian website published an article about the most hated words in English, basing their findings on a survey in The New Yorker magazine.
Topping the list were awesome, epic and bling. My own personal list would include the pluralised forms of uncountable nouns: behaviour(s) and information(s). And, when a politician begins a sentence with the phrase: Let’s be very clear, … or To be honest… . To me, those phrases mean: cover your ears.
Over to you.
Which English words and phrases do you hate the most, and why?