My four-and-a-half-year-old daughter Scout asked me if I thought her stuffed dog was “cute.”
I told her I don’t know what that word means.
“It means funny and pretty,” she said.
As good a definition as any, and it helped me think about why I hate the word “cute”: I like my humor funny and my beauty pretty. Mixing them waters each down.
Some words make our language banal, and other words make us less articulate. ("Lazy" comes to mind; calling someone "lazy" is almost always a way to duck out of a deeper explanation of the person’s general unwillingness.)
What words do you wish didn’t exist?