The query thing has been dragging me down, but I’m happy to report that my positive thinking is gaining ground and I’m emerging from the Query Cave. To help the progress, this post is a “query free zone”, which means that nasty Q word won’t appear for the remainder of this post.
Have you ever used a word in conversation that reminded you of someone else because it was “their” word? Yesterday, I said “literally”, which made me think of a friend who uses this word often – even when the situation can’t be literal (like, “I was so embarrassed, I almost died. Literally.”) Being a person who is regularly embarrassed because I say and do dumb things, I relate to how stressful it is. Even so, I have never, on any occasion, come close to dying. Unless the person ends up in the hospital ICU as a result of embarrassment, I just don’t buy it.
There are a few other words that I can’t use, because they don’t belong to me. A past co-worker loved to use the word “mortified”. Every experience was mortifying (I can totally relate), but now, I can’t use this word. My older son regularly uses the word “sweet”, only it’s said with a few more e’s, like “sweeeeeet”. I can’t use this word because I would look like an old person attempting to be young and hip (which would be ‘mortifying’).
My husband told me that I use the word “anyway” frequently. Since he so kindly pointed this out, I have noticed I use it – especially to halt my rambling when I realize I’ve yammered too long. It’s a perfect break for the other person to take the conversation and run with it! A friend mentioned that I also use the word “seriously” quite often. Seriously? I guess I don’t believe what people are telling me so I need them to affirm they aren’t liars. I don’t know. Anyway…
What words you find yourself saying a lot? Do you recognize words that others use frequently? Please share.