Favorite and Least Favorite
Words and Phrases

(words judged by appearance, sound, or taste, not connotation)


Least Favorites

Beneath Contempt

(Or, “Don’t Make Me Laugh”.)

In the previous list I omitted phrases (and to a lesser degree words) that are beneath contempt, like “don’t go there”, “military intelligence”, “my bad”, “____ is the new ____”, or “Are you working hard or hardly working?” Nearly as bad are all those quotes from formerly popular books, movies, and television shows: I liked (for example) “Seinfeld” as much as the next person, but I’ll be damned if I’m going to laugh at “No ___ for you!”—people still reciting this sort of thing should be fined. The dozen persons I’ve seen plagiarize that “Do Not Make Any Marks on This Booklet” list from The Journal of Irreproducible Results (you know, the list that reads,

  1. I salivate at the sight of mittens.
  2. My father was a good woman.

and so forth) are on the right track: if you’re going to steal jokes, steal them from relatively obscure sources.

See the Be Robert page to learn where my jokes first appeared, if it wasn’t obvious.

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