Here’s today’s interesting stream of consciousness prompt: “least-favorite word.” Use your least-favorite word in your post. If you can’t decide on one, use a word that just really bugs you. Enjoy!
Just one word?
There are plenty of words I don’t like. Maybe I’ll figure out my least favorite if I start rambling them off.
“Unbelievable!” is one my ex boyfriend used a lot. It got on my nerves, because I could believe things that were really cool. Unbelievable would be something like the pigs flying when they are not in heaven, because pigs go to heaven just like dogs. So if you see a pig flying, I mean really flying, you might be in heaven.
Impossible. No surprises there since my blog title is “Anything is possible.” My dad told me “Nothing is impossible,” when I was 12 and it stuck.
Tirelessly. I might have written about this before. Back when I worked in a stressful job with way too much paperwork, the boss gave a big speech at a banquet and talked about how we staff had been working “tirelessly.” But I was damn tired. If someone works tirelessly, they either haven’t worked very long, or they are on too much caffeine and will eventually burn out. Or at least need a rest. We’re human. We get tired. There’s a backlash going around about glamorizing overwork. Maybe I can find the meme. Be right back….
On the other hand, there’s this thing lately about having trouble finding people to work. We saw that on a sign the other night when we went out to a restaurant and someone didn’t show up for work. The sign said,
Be nice to our servers, we are short staffed. People don’t want to work.
There must be some kind of balance. A need to treat people with respect. Expect responsibility and work, but not 50 hours a week with no overtime.
I guess I got off on a tangent.
There’s still no male component for the word, “bitch,” is there? I mean, it’s a female dog, and that’s okay, but, well you know the issue with a male who exhibits the same behavior being praised, except not by me.
I knew I was forgetting something, so went to ask David what word I don’t like. He thought for a minute, then said, “always.” Yes. How could I forget about “always,” and “never,” and “everybody.” They are rarely true. Can you think of an example where always, never, or everybody is true?
Okay, If you’re telling someone to always look both ways before crossing the street, that’s good. But saying, politicians always lie – there’s no proof of that. I mean, surely
they one might tell the truth, sometimes. There are always possibly exceptions.
They say it never rains in California, but it does, sometimes, and I’m praying it rains more. A steady, but moderate rain to quench the dry earth and put out the fires.
Just for the sake of balance, here are some of my favorite words,
May it be……
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July 17, 2021 at 9:42 am
I’m with you on “bitch,” one of my least favorites. Nice balance at the end.
July 17, 2021 at 8:13 pm
Thanks, Crystal. I’m glad you appreciated the balance. I need balance.
July 17, 2021 at 10:55 am
Reiterate for repeat is one that bugs me. Iterate is correct. I had a boss who rewrote every letter I sent him for signature by changing words in ink – usually incorrectly. When reiterate was just becoming popular I submitted a letter including iterate, because I knew he would add re-. He did – in ink.
July 17, 2021 at 8:28 pm
I’m thankful we no longer have to deal with those annoying bosses.
July 17, 2021 at 12:00 pm
That is unbelievable that is your least favorite jk 🤣…I get it I am having a hard time with this one today. Nice post! 🥰. We have a funeral to attend so maybe I will not even get around to this one. I do even though so commonly used the F word is a word I really don’t like. It had no use for me. That’s just me though. Have a beautiful weekend!
July 17, 2021 at 8:33 pm
Thanks Lisa. I tend to cringe a little when I hear the F word, unless it’s in an unusually upsetting situation, like I’ve stubbed my toe real hard and it comes out of my own mouth under my breath. I hope the funeral is meaningful and comforting.
July 17, 2021 at 10:00 pm
The funeral actually was a beautiful time. Lots of old friends reunited! It was actually awesome! ☺️
July 17, 2021 at 12:21 pm
Yeah, about tirelessly and people not wanting to work. The state agency I worked for expected a lot out of its employees and we all tried our best. However, at some point, you have to hire staff, train them well, don’t burden them with so much work that they go home stressed or crying, and make sure your supervisors and management staff know how to treat employees with caring and respect. Some people may not want to work because they are unmotivated, but there are others that have been mistreated, burned out and stressed to the max. Businesses have to find a productive middle ground.
July 17, 2021 at 8:55 pm
Well said, Mary. I could relate to going home stressed or crying. I used to work late on Thursday nights and often prayed on the drive home “God to deliver me from this job.” It finally happened! I’m thankful that my immediate supervisor (who resigned a couple years after me) understood. Those higher up seemed to be either clueless or uncaring about stress on the front lines.
July 17, 2021 at 12:45 pm
Interesting choice of words. Of all the words you’ve mentioned, ‘bitch’ riles me the most. There should be a male equivalent. I love the word ‘always’. There’s beauty in the sound and the knowledge of love that lives on when a beloved dies. Always in my heart…until we meet again.
July 17, 2021 at 8:58 pm
Thank you for that beautiful perspective on the word, “always.” Excellent point!
July 17, 2021 at 2:31 pm
Great post, JoAnna! I have observed that words like “always” and “never” can lead to disagreements! 🙂 Have a great weekend! ❤
July 17, 2021 at 9:01 pm
Thanks, Cheryl. I agree. Unless the words always and never are used as in Rosaliene’s enlightening comment – always in my heart, or I’ll never forget you. I hope you have a great weekend, too! ❤
July 17, 2021 at 10:38 pm
All great words to try to stop using! Love the meme. So true.
July 18, 2021 at 9:16 pm
Thanks, Linda. I’m glad you love it! 🙂
July 19, 2021 at 1:10 pm
Awesome story. You are right. Since retirement, I began to realize how much time I wasted on things that did not matter that much. Now that I have a choice, all you mentioned, relaxation, hobbies, rest, exercise, good eating, have all become part of my day. Oh! And a good cup of coffee.
July 19, 2021 at 8:31 pm
Simple pleasures are the best. I’m glad you related to my thoughts.
July 20, 2021 at 2:06 am
They are. When I was in the Army, a hot meal, shower, and a warm bed were the best.