Atlantic Unveils Dictionary of Most Hated Words
Arguably, moist, and webinar make the dreaded list
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2012 4:28 PM CDT
A dictionary that no doubt contains detestable words.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) Basically, there's an awesome online dictionary that's interesting and supposably whimsical—and if those italicized words are driving you crazy, you'll like the Atlantic's dictionary of "despicable words." The magazine bases it on emails from readers who are simply seething over our use of English. A few examples:

  • Arguably: Does it mean indisputable? A valid subject for argument? "It is a non-word," fumes one reader.
  • Honestly: So when you don't use it, you're being dishonest? Still, it can't compare to what a reader calls "the ultimate space-wasting, no-crap expressions": "it is what it is" and "at the end of the day."
  • Irregardless: With any luck, you know why readers hate this one.
  • Moist: More emails trashed this word than any other, as "we might have predicted," says the Atlantic.
  • Supposably: It's not a real word.
  • Webinar: One of the "new media" words that people can't stand, like bloggerati and weblog.
Click for the full list, including firstly, panties, and a word that "serves absolutely no purpose other than to fill dead air space," gripes one reader.

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Aug 12, 2012 8:25 AM CDT
Let's circle back later to close the loop on this. Thinking out of the box is in our DNA!
Aug 12, 2012 7:37 AM CDT
Unfortunately, "Go fuck your self" is not on the list. Someone got their panties in a twist over words they don't like.
Aug 11, 2012 7:30 PM CDT
"Begs the question" isn't a word, but it needs to die. There are so few situations where its real meaning is intended, (a statement requiring proof which assumes the premise contained in the very conclusion, essentially a typical circular argument.) It's almost not worth using at all. What irks me even more is that what people really mean is "raises the question," which is just an extra syllable and you sound more concise. I'm all about language evolving, don't get me wrong. But using a term to sound cleverer than you are is kind of useless; your insight was probably already clever. Well, hopefully. /end rant, eats a hamburger