Remember this: Would you like to rephrase that more positively? Yes, that. Remember that?
Tonight Tim Ferriss made a post regarding the ejection of certain words from oneâ€™s vocabulary. He suggests this for slightly different reasons than I originally discussed, but still interesting, still valid! He takes familiar staples such as â€˜shouldâ€™ and adds grand old warhorses such as â€˜happinessâ€™ and â€˜successâ€™ (and â€˜good/rightâ€™ and â€˜bad/wrongâ€™). I happen to think heâ€™s absolutely right. And also, er, absolutely correct.
Tim (who sometimes links multisyllabic words to their entries in Wikipedia as if to say, â€˜Look at this cool word I knowâ€™, which is exactly what I would do) suggests that the usage of words such as these does not require a lot of complex thought, which is why we have used them to the point of meaninglessness â€“ and might consider exercising our brains in order to find suitable alternatives that better describe the situation at hand. We love them, he says:
Because they remove the heavy lifting of real thinking. These socially-accepted throwaway terms are crutches for unclear thinking, just like â€œthingâ€, â€œstuffâ€, or â€œinterestingâ€â€“enemies of good writers worldwide.
If you stop for a moment and think about itâ€¦ there are quite a few words that are likewise easy to use. I sure as hell use them! Perhaps we should all spend our next date night with a raspberry merlot and a thesaurusâ€¦
Should. You know, scouring this entry for instances of Timâ€™s outlawed words is a pain in the ass, this late at night. (And â€˜shouldâ€™ was the one Iâ€™d ditched already!) But I still think heâ€™s got a point. I definitely see the weakness in myself, and it sounds like an interesting challenge â€“ especially since half the words he listed are words I use over and over and over. And over.
Sounds like rather a fun game, actually. Want to play?