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My Top Ten Least Favorite Words

Language is such a beautiful, beautiful thing. But, come on.... who thought this stuff up?

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ferment (v): the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off of heat.

"The process of fermentation involved in the making of beer, wine, and liquor, in which sugars are converted to ethyl alcohol."


sputum (n): a mixture of saliva and mucus coughed up from the respiratory tract, typically as a result of infection or other disease and often examined microscopically to aid medical diagnosis. "Let's check the color of the patient's sputum."


calories (n):

1. the energy needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water through 1 °C (now usually defined as 4.1868 joules).

2. Tiny little, anti-fun nuggets. "Calories are the worst, am I right?"

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