Over-used scholarly words that I hate:
Gushy words used to describe serious work that I hate:
Made-up touchy-feely words that I hate:
Indepthness (Just saw this one in a title!)
[I once gave some Phenomenology Zealots a list of 2874 pre-existing perfectly fine words ending in –ness. They couldn’t be bothered.]
Some examples of usage of the words that I hate (totally made up):
“This report contains thick description”.
Means: “There was so much data that I didn’t’ know what to do with it”.
“The project took a rigourous and robust approach”.
Means: “We couldn’t think of anything specific to describe our method”.
“However, the moon is made of cheese”.
Question: However, what? Where are we? What preceded this grand theory? Can you really bounce a meatball?
“Her statement was evocative of other states of mind as well”.
Means: “The interviewee really confused me, but I probably wasn’t listening”.
Words that I like:
Nonetheless (as a salve for ‘However’)