We need to have a little lesson today about vocabulary. Vocabulary is a body of words that we use.
Yes. I am afraid we need to take MANY steps back to learn and to use and to appreciate basic vocabulary!
As a young student “Vocabulary” was a little branch of the subject of “English”. We would receive weekly lists of vocabulary words to memorize. We would also have to put these words into sentences. To this day, my all-time favorite word is “sanguine”.
I don’t know why–but “sanguine” remains one of my favorite words of all time.
Usage in a sentence: She looked down at the wet, sanguine stream flowing down from her neck after the sanguine child vampire bit her and thought, in her most sanguine way, that she wouldn’t have to worry about aging anymore!
Note the sanguine tie and ribbon on the vampire cape I made for my little sanguine vampire. Check out that sanguine expression on Roman’s face!
Another favorite vocabulary word was “pithy”.
“Pithy”–not pity, is another fun word!
This word presently brings to mind an incredibly vulgar and unprofessional woman with whom I worked with in healthcare. She was a bully and highly impressed with herself. Trust me, there was a large amount of her body to be impressed with. With her overly bleached locks, poorly applied cosmetics and ample size making way throughout the office, she resembled Miss Piggy. THAT assessment is a “pithy” one.
My apologies to you Miss Piggy, but an ex-coworker truly DOES resemble you. Don’t worry, YOU are the good-looking version Piggy!
Words can be used in a most creative way—as long as they are the proper words to use.
Lately, I’m extremely confused about modern-day vocabulary. There is one word in particular that is driving me up the wall. That word is “Hater”!
Not only is it a ridiculous word, but it is misused and it is overused in the wrong ways.
Here’s an example—I love Bernie Sanders. Honestly, Bernie and Hil—I adore them both. However, I don’t agree with Sanders on gun control. His views aren’t strict enough. Because I simply did not agree with this view, I was called a “hater” by someone.
Are you fucking kidding me? (And yes, curse words can be wonderful expressions—they are a part of my vocabulary and are used very well). Disagreeing with someone does NOT a hater make.
Bernie. I love you. I want either you or Ms. Clinton to be our next President of these United States. However, I don’t think your views on gun control are strong enough. That does NOT make me a hater! It makes me a “liker” of you but a “disagreer” of gun laws.
If you have a Facebook account, you will know what I’m talking about. Lots of newspapers, TV stations, magazines all have FB pages. They publish articles about politics, religion, guns, entertainment—and the comment sections are always a better and more entertaining read. The most popular and overused word is “hater”.
Someone doesn’t like a pair of shoes. They are labeled a “hater”.
Yo. Don’t you be hatin’ on my pointy, toe-cleavage bearing Via Spiga flats. You a hater???
You don’t like jellybeans. Oh. You hater, you!
Let it be known. I despise jellybeans because I don’t like the gummy texture or the flavors–but that doesn’t make me a hater! How could I hate on a candy that is so colorful?
What’s that? You would rather have a burger than a hot dog? OMG. You frankhatur!!!
How miserable can one be to actually hate an innocent hot dog? I may dislike them if they aren’t dirty water dogs but I would never hate on a food item!
Did Taylor Swift start this hater trend with that hater song of hers?
My daughter warned me not to bring Tay-tay into this. Oh dammit–is Oona now a mom hater?
Hey. I don’t care for Tater Tots–does that make me a “tater hater”?
Words like hater are lazy vocabulary choices. Can’t you just use your brain to think for a moment of a different and more creative word? How about “misanthrope” or “skeptic” or “doubter”. “Egoist” is a good word. It’s negative but not in such a harsh way. It’s kinder. How about just saying someone is a miserable or angry person instead?
Really. “Hate” is an incredibly serious word. I hate Hitler, but that doesn’t make me a hater of the human race. You could say that old Adolf was a true hater, but that is such a basic word to describe him. He was demented, evil, masochistic, twisted and a truly sick bastard. Don’t those words give a better visual of the kind of person he was rather than use “hater”?
“Hater” is too subtle of a word for this demented sadistic and truly evil bastard. He deserves the strongest words possible to describe his heinous crimes and actions against humanity!
Look at Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. They spew hatred from every bone in their fake Christian bodies. If you go on one of their fan-based Facebook pages, you will note that anyone who doesn’t agree with the conservative Gothard cult ideology they live by is labeled “hater”. That alone proves to me that the Duggar fan base is uneducated, dumb as all get-out, pea-brained and lacks any form of intelligence. Their vocabulary range is limited.
Here’s another group that needs words stronger than “hater” to describe what they are truly like. Their smiles hide vengeance and hatred against anyone who does not share their ideologies. I would use uneducated, miserable, dishonest, phoney, exploitative, narrow-minded, and angry morons to describe them. It’s more creative and more fun to come up with different ways to say how disgusting these people are! And look at their idiot political hog friend! What a crew!
I despise the Duggars. I truly hate their beliefs and I absolutely hate the way they hide behind my good friend, Hipster Jesus. My other good friend, Satan, also hates the way the Duggars hide behind Hipster Jesus. But that doesn’t make Satan and me haters—that’s so common! I like to think of us a cynics!
Hipster Jesus is so nice he would never hate anyone or anything–but that doesn’t mean he won’t turn you away and send you to that little devil! And just look at that smile on Satan–how could anyone call him a hater? He LOVES badass souls! Look at me–stuck in the middle. Do I have the face of a hater? I think not!
You know, language is a beautiful thing and so is using vocabulary in a creative way just as beautiful. Words are little gifts. They are gifts that we should use wisely. We need to save the strong words for those emotional and passionate moments. We need to be concise in using words. We need to have fun with words.
And if you don’t agree with me then…you….are….a…hater!!!!!! Fooled ya! You are just contrarian, confrontational, quarrelsome, snippy, volatile, combative, argumentative!
I want to change the verbiage of this to “Keep Calm and Forget The WORD Haters”!
Think. Think of that overused word that you hear all the time. The one that drives you nuts. Let me know about it! Let’s start thinking about better words to use—it’ll be a fun thing to do! Word up!
Here’s an old Bee Gee’s song “Words”. It’s really pretty, beautiful, enchanting, melodic and sweet! XOXOXOXO!!!!
Ah!Bee Gees love (yes love!but is love appropriate for things? it should be for beautiful songs!) this song 🙂
Sanguine for me was just a color, thank you now I know more ; and I don’t think I had vever come across pithy. Always learning and laughing with you 🙂
Oh my! What a pity you had never come across pithy! LOL!! I’m looking very much forward to our coffee!!!!XOXOXO! (PS. I’ve loved the BeeGees for ever!)
This is a great post…well maybe not great, or should I say funny, well-written, and entertaining.
“pithy” is a good word… fruit rinds, pithy is like pukey sort of but not as damp, people with a lisp say pithy when they mean pissy. adventurers in the desert used to wear pith helmets…I suppose some are more pithy than others. it always was a good bad word for making your sister holler…. nice choice of bad words!!
I hate…er I mean dislike, resent, object to, disagree with….. improper use of the words– – AWESOME, HUGE, and FREAKING unless they are describing God, the Grand Canyon, or are afraid to use the real F-word …even though it IS that word and everybody knows it.
LOL – love the tater-hater! You are correct ‘hater’ is used way to much to describe people who don’t agree. This may sound odd, but I think the word ‘love’ is used way to much. Judges of reality shows always say ‘I love you’, ‘I love that’, ‘ I would love to see…’, ‘I ain’t loving it’, ‘Love your outfit’. You get where I am coming from? Love is a special word used to express feelings toward another person who you care about. I hope that makes some sense. Thanks for another great post – I always enjoy reading them. 🙂
I just realized after reading this again – I used the word ‘love’ in describing your tater-hater – guilty! 🙂
Yes! Spear! You are so correct about the word “love”. Love IS an overused word and one I’m guilty of misusing. Now I’m thinking of many words I overuse. This will be aperitif conversation this evening. Bonaparte is very cautious when choosing words and thus will be fun. I thank you for making me think a bit deeper in this subject!XOXO!
Woman, I think you could do a damn good post on anything! 😀 I agree with you, btw. Proper vocabulary where we don’t throw everyone in the same pile would cut down on a LOT of disagreements. People should stay away, for example, from “you always” and “you never” as those words are seldom true!
LOVED the blue shoes, btw. My sister is a shoe “collector” (I was gonna say whore, but in light of your blog…) and they are her favorite color. And I gotta tell ya, that pattern on the image of the sanguine definition made me list to the right though it had to be perfectly straight on the page! LOL Great post again.
Glad you liked the post! Isn’t it true though? We seem to throw everyone in the same vocab pile. We need to change it up and be as individualistic with our vocabulary as we are with ourselves! Um..yeah, I’ll say that “whore” is a decent choice of wording when it comes to collecting shoes. Nya haha!!!! XOXOXO!!
I do love your blue shoes.And the vocabulary lesson was awesome. Thanx 😀
Those shoes= epic greatness. However, after three years, I still get a tiny blister on the back of my right foot whenever I wear them. It is worth the pain! XOXO!
too bad you don’t live in France. We have an anti blister stick that really works / http://www.powersante.com/compeed-anti-ampoules-stick-8ml.html?source=googleps&gclid=Cj0KEQjw44exBRCu8vfS_bPEtNoBEiQACrt006g2dSC7IZuU_5hv3upSqVrYKxxdoRMWlKxhodSnhZ8aAv358P8HAQ
I couldget a blister just looking at those shoes.
Very well said! I’m guilty of over-using certain words (and exclamation marks!) I go through phases and currently mine is ‘obviously’.
However, over-use doesn’t necessarily bother me as much as incorrect use, as with the whole hater business. When did ‘heart’ become a verb? ‘Oh we’re totally hearting the new trends right now.’
And ‘totes hilare’ winds me up something chronic. Although I do now use it for sarcastic comedy value 😉
Haylee. I’m the queen of the overused exchamation! But–I just can’t help it. Neither can you because you ARE an exclamation personality!!!!!!!! Oh..and I completely understand the questioning of “heart” as a verb. It’s very unusual the way heart has morphed. Now you may be a “totes hilare” person, but I’m chronic in my “totes ma goats” and just “totes” usage! We are so much alike! XOXOXO!!
Haha, what does totes ma goats mean? I’m not cool enough to know that one! X
Darling, you can say all this and get away with it… poor me, has to only sniff to be hated on the spot 😀 Sanguineous Hades!! (Bloody Hell!!)
You are quite right.. but hey, grammatically poor as it is… “It’s only words… and words are all I have… etc etc” haha.. It’s??? (but imagine how bad it would sound with “They’re only words… etc”)
I dislike quite a few words, er.. does that make me a word-hater too? 🙂 For example, the way you Americans use the word ‘momentarily’.. “Our flight is going to land in LA momentarily.. I shall be with you momentarily”.. huh? what? the plane will land and then immediately take off? or you shall meet me and then turn around and walk off after a glance?
“Between you and I”… and even the great Obama makes a fool of himself with that one.. and a lot of Americans giggle when I point it out.. telling me that I am not a native-English speaker so I don’t know better.. *Sigh*…
Never mind.. you just struck a chord over here.. and as usual.. you are as outspoken as ever 🙂 I am so proud of you 😀
Oh I am tickled that I’ve struck a chord with you! And I thank you for being proud of me! But you DO know better when it comes to “Between you and I”…the proper word is “me”. There are so many nuances that are incorrect and just plain wrong that we Americans use–oh the momentarily is definitely a “thing”. I think it is really because people just don’t want to think–it’s like the nightly news. Americans don’t want the real or hard fact news anymore. All our news consists of are reports about health and “feel good” stories at the end of news reports…..I feel another rant coming on! XOXOXO!!!
Hahaha.. yes… by all means, rant on!! And when you switch on the tv set, “Take a listen” to what they have to say… 😀
It is the kind of word that never quite seems complete unless it is attached to a stupid argument about something like global warming or gun control.
Oh Bun. You hit the nail on the head with that one. I’m a total “hater” of freedom due to my thoughts on gun control—don’t even go near my thoughts on global warming!!!! OXOXO!
Oh, you hater, you! 🙂
Oh, how I hate the haters!
Anand..You’re a hater hater! I like that!