A Word of Protest

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The Tenth of June has been and gone
and, according to The Sun,
it left us with a dubious gift:
one million words of English.

Two million folk in Shakespeare’s world
spoke one hundred thousand words:
seventeen hundred were his own;
many more have been home-grown.

I’m glad our language is so rich
but there’s a word that makes me itch:
I cringe when I hear ‘gobsmacked’:
I despise it much, and that’s a fact.

Coarse speech is not a modern scourge
yet I cannot help but urge
you all to get up a petition:
let’s send ‘gobsmacked’ to perdition.

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I couldn’t find the original article but here’s The Guardian on the same subject.

And I really do hate the ‘g’ word.

What word/s do you despise?

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6 Comments

  1. catterel says:

    I cringe every time I hear sensible, intelligent, articulate people using “f*cking” as an intensifier – there are so many more, much better words they could use. But it’s also gone into German now!

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    1. Poetry Fluff says:

      It’s everywhere! In fact, it is in such common usage, authors, film makers and creatives everywhere use the ‘c’ word for a shock factor instead.

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      1. catterel says:

        It’s interesting to see which words become taboo or swear words in different languages – English does seem obsessed by sexual references nowadays, I think more so than say 50 or 60 years ago when “bloody” was considered shocking.

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        1. Poetry Fluff says:

          True! But everything was more shocking then than it is now. I’m not sure which I prefer…

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  2. Tom says:

    I’m an oddball,
    It must be said,
    But ‘boulevard’
    Does in my head!
    …I have no idea why, but I cringe inwardly whenever I see or hear it (which, fortunately, isn’t that often!)

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    1. Poetry Fluff says:

      I suspect there’s no rhyme or reason why certain words rub us up the wrong way; they just do.

      Solidarity, bro!

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