Kathleen Schultz, SVM news editor
As an editor, a plethora of words cross my path that I want to kick to the curb, set on fire and beat out with a brick.
There's one now. Plethora. Ick. Sounds like one of those sissy plant-eating dinosaurs. I'd eschew it, if I didn't loathe the word eschew so much.
Also, whatever advertising genius decided gifting is a verb needs to be shot between the eyes.
What's the matter with giving? It's damn-near the same word, even has one fewer letter, which, as an editor, warms my heart. Why try to nicey-nice up a perfectly serviceable word that's been minding its own business and doing it's job admirably for centuries?
Re-gifting? Come on, people!! Every time I hear it, I want to gift someone with a swift smack on the kisser.
Likewise chair. Chair is not a verb, and a chair is not a person.
I'm all for gender-neutral titles – little girls shouldn't think only firemen fight fires – but it's also OK to aspire to be a chairwoman. Chair without the -man or -woman is just plain gender-shaming.
I'd add irregardless to the list, but for the umpteenth time, IRREGARDLESS IS NOT A WORD.
And just cuz it bugs me so very, very much, can we please stop using the phrase whether or not? The "or not" is implied in the whether, is it not?
Irregardless of how I feel, and whether or not I like it, I'm sure writers will continue to gift me with a plethora of icky words that I will continue to eschew, because, let's face it, editing is what pays my bills. Literally.
Oooh, there's another one!