I am on a study break with 24 hours to go before my research design proposal is due at UCLA. I thought it would be fun to post this list of words and phrases that Esquire magazine was trying to ban men from using a couple of years ago.
Reach out (unless you’re talking about actually reaching out… with your arm)
- What? I say reach out all the time. It is part of diversity, pastoring, and interviewing. I might say this phrase more than any other on the list!
Panties (“underwear” does the trick)
- Yeah… I can see this one. I think that I use it once in while but probably need to stop.
- No! I totally disagree. I love this one – as in Uber-stank
- Things are often a mixed bag. This is a great phrase!
- I don’t think I say this often, but if I do – I can see why it needs to stop. Stomach is better.
- I am an occasionally vegetarian and my wife is a 100% full on veggie. I said veggie a LOT! Disagree with this one.
Vino (unless you’re an Italian. In Italy.)
- No problem here. I don’t think I have ever said this in any context.
Natch (as opposed to “naturally”)
- Who even says this? Ouch.
Wingin’ it (“wing it” is fine)
- I think that the nature of wingin’ it means you can’t be too precise with the grammar here.
- Ummmm – I don’t see the problem with this one. Sometime – it is a little nippy outside. Unless they mean …. oh…. ok.
The first name of any female celebrity when you don’t follow it with her last name, “Miley,” for instance
- I do this. But I can see why I may need to stop doing this.
- What is wrong with pee? Sometime you have to pee!
Belly button (“navel” is just fine)
- In this context, I can see why belly button my need to go away. I’m not 6 anymore.
- Oh yes – agree 100% . HATE this word.
- WHO even says that? What does it even mean?
Going forward (pure corporate cant)
- Disagree. I love going forward to begin an answer or to introduce the final paragraph.
It is what it is (“The financial collapse–it is what it is.”)
- Big Time Disagree. This is a tremendous way to acknowledge that the given-ess of a situation is insurmountable at the present time.
Folks (“had to lay off some of our folks”)
- Double Guilty.
- Triple Guilty
Slacks (“pants” or “trousers”)
- Slacks are a very specific type of pants. Not to be used generically but some pants are slacks.
Gen (as in “gen-X,” “gen-Y,” “next-gen”)
- Disagree. I love next-gen as helpful concept.
- Espresso is a thing! Sometime you order espresso.
- OK. I say this. But I will stop. I sure is fun to say though!
- Really? What is wrong with that?
Yell-o (the phone greeting)
- Ya. That’s way annoying.
- Somebody still says that? Ouch. Agree.
- Double Agree.
- Triple Agree.
Do you use any of these?
What words or phrases would you add to the list?