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March 9, 2014


5-a-Day I: Detested & Loved words

by quaesitor

Hate is a strong word. In fact, one of my favourite aphorisms of Graham Greene (taken from his astonishing The Power and the Glory) is that “Hate was just a failure of the imagination.” It is precisely because we are all such conflicted and complex people that the hatred of individuals is such a blight – there are always extenuating circumstances (even if they are not sufficient to justify actions).

However, there are times when hate is appropriate and indeed necessary. For as is often observed (and needs to be reiterated in these supposedly tolerant days), hatred is not the opposite of love: indifference is. So here are 5 words I detest the most (today, at least – things always change). Hopefully you’ll understand why, but even if you don’t, have a chew on them for a while!

5 Detested Words

  • Betrayal
  • Bus Replacement Service
  • Strategic
  • Collateral Damage
  • Depression

Lest this become a doom-merchant’s indulgence, here are 5 words I just love:

5 Loved Words

  • Serendipity
  • Grace
  • Mellifluous
  • Free upgrade
  • Advocate

So there’s a first stab. Expect more 5-a-day as and when.

What would yours be?

oxford gargoyles by Chris Creagh

Images taken from Chris Creagh’s collection of Oxford Gargoyles

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Júlio Reis
    Mar 10 2014

    I detest the words: porn • leveraging • decadent • market economy • troika

    I love the words: so • soon • ado • countermand • …and can I have a whole class of words? adverbs ‘composed’ of several words: they sound amusing, even if their meaning is sometimes obscure (e.g. heretofore, erstwhile, hitherto, whereas, outside, forthwith, hereafter, moreover, nevertheless)


    • Mar 10 2014

      great lists… perhaps you need to add ‘peradventure’ to your second!

      • Júlio Reis
        Mar 10 2014

        Perchance I should! Nay—perforce! 😀

  2. Joe
    Mar 10 2014

    Would it be a general disliking of how Troika sounds? because it does sound grating! or would it be a specific contextual meaning?


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