Thursday 13: Words & Phrases I Would Love to Banish from My Son’s Vocabulary

September 18, 2008

Thirteen Words & Phrases I would love to banish from my son’s vocabulary…

  1. stupid — used to describe anyone or anything that he doesn’t like or understand
  2. oh my gosh — as in, “Oh my gosh, you are so unreasonable!”
  3. of course! — used whenever he is disgusted with something we say, to convey that he already knew what we were going to say
  4. like — It’s, like, everyone’s favorite sentence filler!
  5. crap — just an ugly word that I don’t like to hear
  6. andum — a word that is used in place of a period. Thus, the sentence never ends and cannot be interrupted.
  7. heavy exhale — okay, not a word per se, but still an audible expression of disgust or disappointment, used most frequently when told to do something that he was supposed to do, but didn’t.
  8. some kid — this the person who is always giving Trevor things that get him in trouble, telling him to do things that get him in trouble, etc.
  9. What?! Why?! Usually when I’ve answered his request with a “no,” as if it were the most outlandish thing he’s ever heard.
  10. whatever — the typical response any time I correct his pronunciation, grammar, or assumption of knowledge on a particular subject. I’ve been telling him for years to say, “I brought,” instead of “I brung,” and he still responds this way. Aggravating.
  11. basically — overused when describing something.
  12. You know — no, I don’t.  That’s why I’m waiting for you to tell me.
  13. Chillax! — a combination of “Chill out!” and “Relax!”  It has quite the opposite effect on me, as made up words tend to do.


  1. This was a GREAT list! Undoubtedly we could all add to it!

    Question: andum

    Like “and um….” followed by “er… um…ahhh…”?

  2. Oh “I brung”! It’s a pet peeve of mine and my oldest says it all the time. I love this list. Happy TT!

  3. I would like to add “sweet” and “homeslice” which my son uses…

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  4. 7, 9 & 12 are personal favorites of mine–NOT!! They visit us way too often. Great list. Happy TT!

  5. ROFL!! I can, like, totally hear him saying those, you know. But, you know, whatever.


  6. and “But Mom”, “Can’t someone else do it?”. “It’s not fair”

  7. LOL the only one we don’t have is Chillax, and I think I’d smack them if they tried it on me. But I love the andum one. Great list!

  8. andum is big here with our 14 year old girl.
    I also really want to get rid of
    “IDK” when she is asked, oh, about a recent grade, or something equally important?
    Great list

  9. Basically has been a linguistic pest for at least 30 years. I hate it!

  10. This is a great list. There are so many words they pick up on that make your skin crawl!

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