#14 Watch Your Language

3rd September 2007

Prompt on page 16 of
No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog

Three underused insulting words:

1. Nit
As in, “Can it, you nit.”

2. Amok
As in, “I can’t put my finger on it. There’s something amok with him.”

3. Soft
As in, “I wouldn’t borrow her notes. She’s a little soft.”

20 thoughts on “#14 Watch Your Language

  1. Angie

    I always like hearing “dolt” used, but I always forget it to use it. I’m making it my mission for tomorrow to say, “That was a stupid thing to do. What a dolt.”

  2. scurvyann

    Can it, you nit!

    I do so love this phrase. Ever since hearing Violet Beauregard utter it…oh so long ago… in Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory. ‘Membah? – she said it to Veruca Salt when she was going on and on about wanting an Oompa Loompa NOW…

    It is quite satisfying to say!

  3. Dave

    I started a campaign at work a few years back to reintroduce the terms “lunkhead,” and “muttonhead.” The adoption curve was a little slow, but it made a difference in people’s lives, really.

  4. Joe

    I don’t even have your book yet and I used “amok” just the other day in a post. Also “kibosh”. Very useful.

    So where’s my book?

  5. Cotb

    “I can’t put my finger on it. There’s something amok with him.”

    It’s the tofu.

    /loved that movie. Don’t tell the other guys…

  6. Judy

    I live in (flemish) Belgium and when we say ‘amok maken’ it refers to the indonesian(malaysian) meaning :’making a stir’ or ‘provoctaion’. >I love the word ‘newfangled’.

  7. Paige

    I use the work ‘amok’! As in: “The children, they run amok”. But in my head, it’s spelled “amuck”. I don’t know why. I’m actually an excellent speller.

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