What Are Your Least Favourite Words?


Haikus (Photo credit: hadsie)

I have been on a bit of a haiku junket of late—and when I write a haiku I generally use words that are pleasant, denote an emotion, or are favourites of mine—which got me to thinking about which words I would never incorporate into a haiku.

The first that come to mind for me begin with the letter “p”: pigeon, puce, and puke. Though if you put homing in front of pigeon I no longer dislike it. Nothing can save puce or puke though.

Spittle is also not a favourite. There are a few other words that I tend not to commit to the page or verbalize (unless I am really really angry), but feel free to share any that I am too reticent to reveal.

Published in: on October 8, 2013 at 2:29 pm  Comments (17)  
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~ Tour of My House In Words ~

Cover of sheet music for "Home! Sweet Hom...

Cover of sheet music for “Home Sweet Home”. Words by H.R. Bishop & John Howard Payne, music by   H.R. Bishop, Chicago: McKinley Music Co.1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I have a sign that says “Dreams…do come true” casually propped up on a bookshelf in my office. On the bulletin board over my desk is a handwritten note that says ~ “Everything you want is just outside of your comfort zone.” It is attributed to Robert Allen–I do not know who Robert Allen is, but I like what he said.

Over the doorway of the staircase that leads to our second floor is a quilted homespun sign with this message: “A clean house is the sign of a life misspent.” Suffice to say that I have not misspent my life, at least in the clean house category.

Above the door leading from the kitchen to the dining room is another sign. It demands in bold letters ~ “Give Me the Coffee and No One Gets Hurt.”

Upstairs in the bathroom is yet another sign. It is one that my husband chose and says: “Changing the toilet paper does not cause brain damage”. He loves this sign. No one pays any attention to it though.

Tucked into my bookshelf in my bedroom is another note–printed this time in black ink. The words are those of Ralph Waldo Emerson.  I read it almost every night before I go to bed–it says:

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day: you shall begin it well and serenely….”

So much for a tour of my house. Do you have any signs hanging in your home or handwritten notes tucked away?