Used in that American way, which has now crept into English-English and is very annoying! It needs something after it – ‘enjoy your meal!’ or ‘enjoy yourselves!’ I know I have (very occasionally) used it in this blog but believe me, I was being ironic!
I have to use this word with my classes when we talk about different ‘genres’ (crime, literary, romance, you know the kind of thing). It’s one of those words that are really hard to pronounce. If you say it the French way (because it is, after all, a French word) you sound really pretentious but say it in a really English accent and it sounds naff! (‘GEN-RER’!) Aaah. But there’s no getting around it! What other word can one use?!
There’s a Herbal Essences advert on TV at the moment, promoting this purple shampoo that makes your hair ‘tousled’ (all kind of messy, if you ask me). I’ve nothing against the product – it’s just that word and how it’s pronounced. (TOW – as in ‘TOWIE’ – sulled) It gives me the heebie-jeebies (like tearing cotton wool!). Is it just me?!
Since my ‘friend’ pointed out that I use it all the time, I feel really self-conscious when it pops out! (all the time). But I can’t stop saying it…!
No, not the town where The Office was set, but to rhyme with ‘rough’ and as in (like a snake) ‘slough off one’s skin’. Ugh – it’s such a horrible word! It was in a prize-winning (and otherwise very good) love poem that I read with my classes recently and it’s another word that gives me the creeps.
Anyone agree with me – or have you got any other words that you can’t stand….?