Friday, March 29, 2013

More words and phrases men shouldn't use

A couple of years ago,  on these hallowed pages, I requested the American male population to refrain from using the word "Yum" or "Yummie." That request has been widely heralded and accepted amongst men across social and political lines.

Since then several more words have come to my attention.

Men should not use the following words:
  • Adorable -- this one is borderline and in some cases could be acceptable. I said could. Around your wife or girl friend, maybe.
  • Veggy -- first of all, it's a vegetable and that's not that difficult to say, and second, you don't need to be talking about something that doesn't matter to you.
  • Share -- as in your feelings. Feelings are meant to be suppressed. That's what manhood is. Deal with it. Sharing is okay when referring to money spent on your grandchildren.
  • Baby Bump -- this is to me the fingernails on the chalkboard phrase of the year. If you are using it stop, somebody's slipping estrogen into your cocoa puffs.
Also, it has come to my attention that men are attending "Gender Reveal"* parties where the sex of the expected child is announced in a cute, sharing kind of way in the presence of other couples and friends. Is there no end to the emasculation of this generation of men? Please stop.

That's all for now. Thank you.


* New York Times. Gender Reveal Party
* The Ticket Podcast on same


John said...

I'm happy to know that someone else hates the term "baby bump."

Baby showers are not for men. As for "gender reveal" parties, gimme a break.

Francis Shivone said...

It really does make me cringe. Thanks.

RJG said...

I'm guilty of using the word yum. I did a quick search on my blog, and used it 3 times (not counting YUM brands - which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut). My wife uses that term a lot, and I guess I succumbed. I'll mend my errant ways in the future :-)

I like the word share - as in share information. We use it in business all the time. But feeeeeelings - yea, *that* I'm not going to do!

I'm clear on the others - and I'm proud about the fact that I've never even heard the terms baby bump or gender reveal.

Francis Shivone said...

RJG -- glad to hear we could assist.


I had forgotten that there was a YUM brand.

TC said...

Wow, this is a great post! Absolutely right. I especially like the Ron Swanson-esque condemnation of "veggy."

Someone needs to keep a running list (cum commentary) of these words.

Francis Shivone said...

Thanks for the comment TC.

It's true that the almost universal use of "veggie" instead of "vegetable" bothers me no end, it is also true that the secondary thought is directly taken from Mr. Swanson.

I am keeping a running list and am happy to take suggestions.