Did I Say That? The Most Hated Words – #MFRWauthor

This week’s #MFRWauthor blog challenge involves telling you about my most hated words – the ones that make me say “ick”. when I read them.The words I really try to avoid using in my own romance books.

I can think of several, mostly involving anatomy and sex. These aren’t words I hate because I’m a prude – oh no. They are words that make me shudder because they’re either overused or they make me think of something other than what the author was going for.

“Juices” is a great example. Tell me her juices were flowing and I automatically get pulled out of the story and start to think about taking a break and pouring myself a cool glass of OJ.

The problem with these bad words is that an author has to use several synonyms  (many, lots, billions) and euphemisms (polite, indirect references, such as “slumber room” instead of “funeral home”, according to The Free Dictionary) when writing a scene, preferably with minimal repetition. If I wrote a love scene and used the word ‘”penis” in that scene twenty times in three paragraphs, you’d hurl my book across the room. So, instead, authors substitute words and hope the story flows – along with her juices (sorry, did I say that?).

Other words that drive me nuts are urban slang words like “cray”. Seriously, all you did was drop the “z”, people. Are you so lazy that you can’t say one extra letter/syllable?

How preposterous.

Which words bother you? Leave a comment below. While you’re at it, visit some of the other authors in this blog challenge and see if you can add to your “most hated words” list!


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11 thoughts on “Did I Say That? The Most Hated Words – #MFRWauthor

  1. Cathy Brockman says:

    I agree. That urban stuf really kills me. I have a sister that uses it all the time.. it took me a wile to figure what cray even was saying lol. and Bae. is that mispelling a spice? nope its babe or baby.

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    • RobinMichaela says:

      On the radio this morning, they had a list of the top 10 terms older people (translation: anyone over 35) don’t understand when younger people say them. I understood “lit” (drunk/high/intoxicated), but not “turnt” (it means the same thing as “lit”, lol). I can’t remember the others. 🙂


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