Each year, language websites and popular publications poll readers to find out what they consider to be the most annoying words in the English language. Words such as “slacks,” “moist” and “dude” frequently make the lists.
A few of my most-hated words are listed below, along with their less irritating alternatives.
Artisanal — use “handmade” or “hand-crafted.” Annoying: Cassandra will only eat artisanal cheese, so please bring her something else. Better: Cassandra will only eat hand-made cheese, so please bring her something else.
Busted — use “broken,” “hurt” or “injured.” Annoying: My sister once pushed me down the stairs and I busted my lip. Better: My sister once pushed me down the stairs and I hurt my lip.