We started rehearsals yesterday for Clybourne Park at Arden. It's a new play by Bruce Norris, that won the 2011 Pulitzer. It's about race, our attitudes toward race, territory, and so much more. Clybourne Park is the fictional neighborhood that the Younger family wants to move into in A Raisin in the Sun. Act One takes place in 1959, from the point of view of the white family selling the house. Act Two takes place 50 years later (2009), and it's a white family that wants to move into the neighborhood which is now predominantly black. I always make my descriptions sound boring but believe me, it's a great play. And, it was a treat to have the Pulitzer Prize winning author in the room with us on the first day.
Anyway, in the play, one of the characters refers to her chafing dish (she's trying to give it to her black help). One of the actors blurted out, "Can we not call it a chafing dish? It just sounds so wrong! Chafing, it's like jock itch."
Okay, so now you won't be able to use that word either. Sorry.
It got me thinking about words that I just don't like. There are some words that I hate to use and hate it when people use. Here's my list:
Nestled: It's supposed to sound cozy but it sounds prickly and pretentious.
Nibbled: makes me think of a mouse, a gross mouse. Not a delicate word
Nubby: Honestly, I have no idea what this word means but people use it to describe fabric. Not just any fabric, all sorts of fabric so I never know what they are talking about.
Apparently, all my words begin with "N." Oh, I forgot Utilize because I think people over-utilize the word. Use words, just say use.
My daughter hates the word, Queer. Not for it's meaning, just because she hates the sound of the word.
I use it all the time, now, of course.
Do you have any words that chafe?