Saturday, August 29, 2015

Words, Words, Twaddle, 12

(We all dislike/hate certain words and locutions; here are some of mine.)

The Parent Trap

I don't like “parent” as a verb—
Or gerund (“parenting”). I wish
That we could find a way to curb
Them. I would really like to squish

The person who invented them
Beneath a pile of OEDs.
I'd flatten that damn her or him
Who took our language to its knees

By adding to it ugly words,
So ugly that they really hurt—
Like grafting skis on hummingbirds,
Or smearing Paul Cézannes with dirt. 

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