♥ was the most popular word of 2014.
We all have played BUZZWORD BINGO in our office meetings, conferences, and presentations.
Sometimes those corporate phrases are appropriate. Other times, it’s just a talking head trying to sound more important than they really are. Everyone knows they have a job to do (one would think), so we don’t need the demotivating words and phrases that oft-repeated without any real substance behind them.
Parents try very hard to avoid swearing in front of their children.
But it’s inevitable. And whether they hear those words from their parents or learn those words while at school, at some point in your child’s life they will casually utter one of those Seven Dirty Words – and usually at the most inappropriate – albeit funny – moment.
Ever have a conversation with a man?
How hard is it to get a word in edgewise with them? Pretty darn tough, isn’t it? It’s surprising that men can even have a conversation with other men at all, isn’t it?
When you’re traveling around the country and you pull into the local diner, how do you answer when the waitress asks you if you’d like a Coke?
Do you assume that she’s asking you if you actually would like a Coca-Cola product, or do you think she’s referring to any beverage generically as “Coke”? For some, a pop is a soda. For others, a soda is a pop.
Every family has their own words or phrases for real-life things.
It could be a nickname for underwear (“gotchies”), or something a bit more insider. Nicknames for siblings due to a pronounciation problem. Even descriptions of neighbors can be turned into verbs, as Web Watch told you many, many years ago when discussing SECRET FAMILY WORDS.
We’ve all seen stuff on TV that we felt was questionable at times.
Whether it be the infamous Wardrobe Malfunction at the Super Bowl to graphic news coverage, there have been times that TV producers have pushed the envelope more than they should in order to meet artistic goals (or to gain a little press for themselves).
No longer is after 10p considered safe harbor for language or nudity, as cable channels don’t have to adhere to the same FCC regulations that broadcasters have to contend with. So the broadcasters are forced to make programming decisions that reflect today’s society.
But just because they CAN make these choices, doesn’t mean they SHOULD make these choices.
You’ve been in those boring business meetings, where the entire office gathers because they’re told to… only to do everything you can to keep from falling asleep because the people making the presentation have absolutely no idea how to make a presentation, let alone make one that’s interesting.
Let’s face it, not everyone is skilled at talking in front of other people. And even fewer are able to get their points across if they can’t read their Powerpoint presentation verbatim, slide by boring slide.
Language is a funny thing.
Have you ever wondered how some terms become so well known, so indoctrinated, that you could travel around the world and hear the same words and phrases and know exactly what they mean? Who knew that cab drivers everywhere would know what “fast, fast” means?
If you’ve ever played a game of Scrabble, you probably fall into one of two categories of players: those that can always figure out a way to play a seven-letter word on a Triple Word Score (and typically win a game by more than 200 points), or you struggle determining where to place an “E” for a 2 point score.
If you fall into the latter group: don’t panic – you’re not alone. Not everybody can memorize word lists and play any Scrabble word at will.
Web Watch has shared with you previously an in-depth analysis of AMERICAN ACCENTS.
But one question that Web Watch receives on occasion is how to apply that information to your every day life. Thanksfully, we’re here to help you with that.
Like you, Web Watch has taken many many years of foreign language classes in school.
Sadly, after five years of Spanish and three years of French, we still can’t read a menu in those fancy restaurants. Web Watch is not a good example of how to succeed in foreign language studies.
But perhaps you have a better ear for language than we do.
Do you know what your cat wants?
Yes, every cat basically wants to be left alone – we’re only there to provide food, water, and occasionally clean their litter box. We are there to cater to a cat’s needs.
But once in a while, a cat will deem it necessary to communicate with their human caretaker.
Previously, Web Watch has shared with our readers WORDS THAT SHOULD NEVER BE USED EVER AGAIN, such as “literally” and “man cave”.
Would you believe that there are even more words that people would never, ever want to hear ever again?
And apparently, Web Watch’s crusade to clean up everyone’s daily language is reaching new ears every day, and others are beginning to pick up the gauntlet in our favor.