There are just some words that are used that completely set my teeth on edge. Whether they be repeated too much in a book or are just used to describe every other book.
Now it’s very bad when I grind my teeth because I have had orthodontic treatment (read: braces (ya know, for teeth)) and they are very expensive where I am and not an experience I would like to go to waste. Plus not to mention they are insured for $10 000 000.00AUD
Well not the last part.
Definition according to The Free Dictionary: Arousing deep emotion, especially pity or sorrow; touching.
YES free dictionary definition. Touching indeed. It makes me feel like really gross bugs are touching me.
This word just sounds gross to me. I actually shudder when I read it.
Definition according to The Free Dictionary: A watery, acrid discharge from a wound or ulcer.
This one isn’t so bad – as in I don’t find it that often.
Unless of course I’m reading a book in The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices series. Seriously. Every time a demon dies. The word ‘ichor’ is used. And a lot of demons were killed. Since I read 10 thick books set in the Shadowhunter world in a row, I was pretty sick of the word by the end.
Phrase: I released a breath I didn’t release I’d been holding.
I know I’m not the only one in terms of this one. In fact I didn’t even really notice it until I saw a couple of videos on it on YouTube/BookTube and now every time it’s in a book I go slightly more crazy inside.
Definition according to The Free Dictionary: Used to express appreciation of or eagerness for a tasty food or beverage.
I feel better now.
I hate this word even more when it’s not written…but SPOKEN in real life. Ew. Ew. Ew. Ew.
I could NEVER say it with a straight face either.
Definition according to The Free Dictionary: Highly pleasing or agreeable to the senses, especially of taste or smell.
Believe it or not, I don’t actually mind this word when it’s used to describe a book. Like for example: “A deliciously dark tale”. I don’t know. That just came into my head. But I do hate it when it’s used to describe food. Ooh, I’m noticing a pattern here.
I think maybe it’s the way the word sounds and mouth movements. So gross.
Definition according to The Free Dictionary: Slightly wet; damp.
Maybe perhaps the worst of all.
EVERYTHING ABOUT IT IS TERRIBLE. The meaning, the pronounciations, the mouth movements…
It’s like they hired the worst possible mouth movements choreographer to come up with a way to make people
In fact, I’d go as far as to say that it reminds me of Gollum a bit.
What words drive you up the wall? Does ‘moist’ make you squirm very uncomfortably as well?