Ok, let me start by saying that I like words. I’m not against having a rich vocabulary. I think it’s a great thing that can really come in handy sometimes. What bugs me is when you’ve got these words that really don’t serve a purpose. It’s like having three different ways to say purple. Just say purple! If the different words somehow mean something different than the other variations, I’m totally on board… use the different words. But when the word is defined to mean the exact same thing as a more commonly used word… stick with that. Don’t go all “Scrabble Triple Word Score” like it’s going to impress anyone. It’s not. It just makes you look like an idiot.
Example – Purse. Clutch. Handbag. Wallet. Evening Bag. Tote Bag. Hobo. Satchel. Shoulder Bag.
I realize that there are slight variations for many of these words, but seriously… you’re telling me that the world would stop spinning without each of these? We can’t axe a few of them? Are they really enriching our everyday lives? Or… are they just pretentious snobbery used to sell purses?
Another example – Sofa. Couch. Lounge. Chesterfield. Settee. Divan. Canapé. Sectional. Loveseat. Daybed. Davenport.
Thankfully, some of these words are finally falling out of use. Again, I’m not against some of them. I know that some of them have their place. But ALL of them? Seriously?
This is almost as annoying as the whole “soda/pop/cola” debacle. More on that in a future post.
The word “jitney”
jit·ney noun \ˈjit-nē\ plural jitneys [from the original 5 cent fare] : bus; especially : a small bus that carries passengers over a regular route on a flexible schedule Origin unknown - First Known Use: 1903
This word just bugs me. Every time I hear someone say this word, it takes a lot for me not to stick an arrow in their throat. The word is USELESS. It’s a bus. A BUS. Here in NYC, there’s a bus company called Hampton Jitney. So, you’ve got this elitist “Hampton” on there… what can we do to make it appeal to everyone? I know… include a lame-ass word like JITNEY. Guess what? It’s a bus.