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Is there a word or phrase that really affects you in a postive or negative way?

Asked by Zen (7748points) March 29th, 2009

I am thinking of the term nazi or Holocaust, e.g. When I see them in print, they have an effect on me – regardless of what the context is or what the sentence is about. When I see Holocaust not capitalized, I think disrespect. When I see Nazi capitalized, I (perhaps mistakenly) think au contraire. But then most of my family was wiped out in the Holocaust, so that’s just me.

Having said that, I am looking for the effect words have on you, both negative and positive.

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TheDeadWake's avatar

This is more of a grammar thing, but when people use “to” when they should use “too” has been driving me crazy recently. I always get people returning clothing at work and when they write the reason for the return they’ll write “to small” or “to big”

This may not be what you were looking for, but they have a negative impact on me.

kenmc's avatar

The word “hella” drives me mad. I hate it with a passion.

Zen's avatar

In terms of little grammatical errors, not counting typos (which could be with to and too), I agree with you actually. Also, the misuse of their and its ilk. The misuse of the apostrophe also drives me a bit nuts.

The_unconservative_one's avatar

I hate when people use the word female as a noun when they mean women. For example, “When I date a female I like to take her to a restaurant”

MacBean's avatar

You know, it isn’t always correct to capitalize “holocaust.” Someone can be talking about a holocaust and not mean the Holocaust. Just sayin’.

One of my pet peeves which has come up on Fluther oddly frequently in the past couple of weeks is when people leave off the S in Brussels sprouts. Brussels! Brussels! It’s a city!

The word “moist” makes me wrinkle my nose. And I hate the sound of the word “box” in French, too. Makes my skin crawl.

Zen's avatar

@MacBean Obviously I am aware of the fact that the term holocaust exists in the dictionary, meaning “a great or complete devastation or destruction…”

I was referring to the non-capitalized use by the deniars et al of The Holocaust.

The_unconservative_one's avatar

@Zen Just because someone doesn’t capitalize Holocaust, doesn’t imply disrespect.

Zen's avatar

@The_unconservative_one I think that you haven’t read everything I’ve written here, including the details section and the few comments, or you wouldn’t have added that. Again, I am not referring to the lower case h in holocaust. And again, it’s a personal thing – not a grammatical thing. Why don’t you add what terms or words frustrate you.


The_unconservative_one's avatar

@Zen I did. You didn’t read it? I think holocaust Holocaust deniers are all basically bigots who need to blame Jews for their own shortcomings. They generally are seen as crackpots by the rest of the world. I wouldn’t get too worked up over those idiots. Most of the world knows that the Holocaust took place.

IBERnineD's avatar

I have three words that completely irk me:

I feel horrible enough putting them in a post. accckk :(

Don’t even get me started on the phrases that irk me…

The_unconservative_one's avatar

@IBERnineD That’s a little arbitrary huh?

augustlan's avatar

I can’t even type some of the negative ones! The ‘c’ word, the ‘n’ word, and ‘britches’ for pants.
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Zen's avatar

@augustlan The “C” word and “N” are horrific. In any context.

Britches? LOL.

augustlan's avatar

Bad association from my childhood… my uncle – my molester – called them that. ‘Panties’ are the same, but had already been said.

PS: I am not offended by your LOL, no worries.

Zen's avatar

Oy. Sorry to have stirred up terrible memories for you.

On a lighter note, I thought you could take a little LOL now and then. Britches is funny, and rhymes with… so it begged a little LOLing.


augustlan's avatar

Everyone can use a laugh. :)

RedPowerLady's avatar

@Zen I just want to put my note in that I agree with what you said in regards to the word Holocaust. Including the capitalization piece. Just my personal opinion. And I definitely hear you on the nazi thing as well. In fact I didn’t capatilize it there on purpose. :)

RedPowerLady's avatar

I would include a whole host of words along that line. One of them including Genocide.
Also pretty much all the racist terms no matter how they are being used. I could probably go on and on listing that category of word. Every time I read something of that nature or hear it, it gives me pause and usually a strong emotionally reaction however brief (or not so brief).

IBERnineD's avatar

@The_unconservative_one True, quite arbitrary. I guess was more interested in answering the main question, not so much according to the details of the question. oops!

The_unconservative_one's avatar

@IBERnineD I tink you answered the question. I was just wondering what is it about those, seemingly arbitrary words?

IBERnineD's avatar

Oh, maybe it’s the pronunciation, but there is something about those words that just make me cringe. God forbid you use them in the same sentence!

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