Words Men Must Not Say

'Tummy,' 'mommy,' and 'panties,' just to name a few
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2009 2:57 PM CDT
If you're thinking about uttering the word "tummy" or "mommy," please, stop.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Grown men should not say “mommy.” Or, for that matter, “tummy” or “belly button.” These things should be self-evident, but in case they aren’t, here’s Esquire’s list of words and phrases men just shouldn’t utter. Some are offensive, some overused, and some just plain unbecoming:

  • Reach out (unless you actually mean with your arm)
  • Panties
  • Mixed bag
  • Veggie
  • Vino ("unless you're an Italian. In Italy.")
  • Natch
  • Wingin’ it (just “wing it,” OK?)

  • Nippy
  • The first name of any female celebrity not immediately followed by her last name. (example: “Angelina")
  • Pee
  • Derring-do
  • Going forward (marks you as a corporate robot)
  • It is what it is (not even if you're a pro athlete)
  • Boobs
  • Slacks
  • Gen (as in “Gen X,” “Gen Y” or “next-gen.”)
  • Expresso
  • Willy-nilly
  • Make love
  • Yell-o (the phone greeting)
  • Cool
  • Bye-bye