Bonfire Night: which word did you burn?
Which words do you really hate?
It’s Bonfire Night in the United Kingdom on 5 November. This celebration’s origins may seem curious to the rest of the world – why do we celebrate the anniversary of an attempted regicide? – but it’s a good excuse for fireworks and bonfires. Traditionally an effigy of Guy Fawkes is burned – Guy Fawkes being the man discovered guarding the explosives during the Gunpowder Plot – but we asked you to choose the word you would burn. So, which words did people hate? We got hundreds of suggestions, but there was a clear winner (or loser, depending which way you want to look at it.) And here it is, burning in effigy, surrounded by some other words you loved to hate:
Awesome came top of our most hated list – but why? Finn suggested that it was ‘too overused and mostly used unnecessarily’, while Jacqueline said it ‘always reminds me of awful’ and Yvonne complained that it was often used to describe the mundane.
Other contenders for being burned – which we’ve also tossed on the embers in this image – include chillax (‘It’s just a plain ridiculous mismash of words’ noted Catherine), like (‘When used instead of a moment of reflection’ clarifies Heather), irregardless (‘It’s not a real word’, as Aaron points out), and hate (‘Too easily used to describe people’s dislikes’, said Ian), alongside basically, gotten, and bae.
What do you think? Are you happy with these words going on the bonfire?