Words fail 2/1/2013
To this list of ugly terms, I’ll add “partner” (as bedmate), “inappropriate”, “impact” as a verb, “differently abled”, “misogynist” in its Macquarie revisionist form and “discriminate” as a negative force; if the human race hadn’t discriminated against poisons, physically dangerous situations and murderous bastards, we’d have not lasted five minutes out of the trees.
IF exasperated word nerds ruled, “bucket lists” would be banned, “trending” topics on Twitter would be trashed, and so-called “superfoods” would simply be food.
Professor Bunyip delivers a toe crusher to those who whore their cultural responsibility for temporary – and believe me, it’s temporary – political favouritism.
English, our wonderful tongue, is forever changing, and not only when the board of the Macquarie Dictionary convenes an emergency meeting to justify the abuse of a decent man by a slattern who helped steal the funeral funds of miners’ widows and waifs.
Readers feel free to nominate terms you’d like to see purged from modern usage.