Babe. My hubby's only character flaw is he watches virtually any and every reality show. That seems to be the word of choice for all those shows. I told him if he ever calls me a big blue ox I will not feel endeared!
I hate 'hony'. It's either a pony or a horse, not both. There is a clear delineation (14.2HH). Yes, there are no divisions in the hunter world that really fit a small horse....but that does not make my 15.1HH mare a 'hony', nor does it make the 14.3HH mare I once owned a 'hony'. She is a horse, dag nabbit!
I also don't like calling young horses 'green beans'. No idea why, it just grates my ears for some reason.
I also dislike being called 'cute', in terms of looks especially. Cute is what you are when you are a small child. As a teen and adult, you are pretty, beautiful, glamorous, etc.
Not really particular words, but I cannot stand people using "cute" or intentionally wrong spellings to make a point. A good example on this board is the AC4H thread on Off Course, where they spell the founder's name as Chri$ty or write AC$H intentionally. I think I complained about it there too. You see it all over though, psuedo-anarchists writing "AmeriKKKa" in comments on news sites, the charming moniker "Obungo" for our current president, etc. It just immediately removes any credibility the writer has in my eyes and lowers any discussion to an obnoxiously childish level.
not cutesy but drives me crazy. Heigth. It is Height. The other akin word is Width. They are two different words.
I can stand slang and pop buzz words b/c they eventually go away. But they can be annoying with intonation and how a person uses them.
Tu deviens responsable pour toujours de ce que tu as apprivoisé. You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed
Le Petit Prince
I know a few people that pronounce the word excavator as 'escavater'. EDUCATED people. Drives me insane.
I also dislike the word panties, but don't mind the use of undies. Panties makes me cringe and squirm.
Tween is awful. So is teeny-bopper and kiddo. Kidlet is ok.
I have a friend that pronounces 'issue' and 'tissue' in a way I'm sure is probably correct - but it makes me squirm. Instead of 'i-shoo' and 'tish-oo' it sounds more like 'iss-eu' and tiss-eu'. The way he says nauseous also makes my skin crawl. Similar sound - naw-zee-us.
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
lies with in us. - Emerson