This week’s starter in the 52 Week Challenge is “Words that make me go ICK,” or maybe just GAG. Simple enough.
I might begin with feces, puke, scabies, worm guts, pustules, zit… Need I go on?
My least favorite word? Fuck. I know, I know; it is a good plain Anglo-saxon word that cuts through centuries of euphemisms to call the act of sex what it is. However, as it is used in conversation, and all too often in prose it is the all purpose noun, verb, adverb, or adjective used by people too lazy to come up with something more expressive, or too juvenile to realize it has less shock value than they think. It demeans the English language and I hate that.
Worst of all, I would prefer to say hate, and follow it with nigger, kike, bitch, rag head, faggot, wetback and so on. Gag, gag, gag. Wikipedia has a list of hundreds of ethnic slurs—29 of them for Jews alone. Any word designed to demean someone is a much more horrible word than the ones on that first list. People who use them are well, hateful. ICK.