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To really, really hate it when people use words like 'practicable'?

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Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:10:36

That's just it, really! When did these misused and annoying developments in email business speak become so common? If you mean it's practical, say it's practical! If you mean it is something that is possible to try and put into practice, say 'it's possible'. What the eff is practicable? I get a bit stabby every time i hear it...

VampyreofTimeandMemory Wed 05-Mar-14 00:12:18

also, utilize instead of use.

LessMissAbs Wed 05-Mar-14 00:13:22

I like it. I like it more than the use of "elf n safety" to cover anything in life that might be remotely dangerous, whether its at work or not.

And it is the standard of care required by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. I think its meant to encompass more thought and regard for safety measures than being just practical.

Reasonable practicability. Perhaps some of the writers have been on a law course and misunderstood its use though?

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 05-Mar-14 00:13:24

Practicable is a normal word.


It's not management speak like incentivise and Ican'tthinkofanymoreasit'slate.

It's REAL.

BitOutOfPractice Wed 05-Mar-14 00:13:52

Sorry to burst your bubble but practicable is a very old word and one which I use regularly

Definition here

It's not made up

And anyway, many many words were "made up" at some point. Shakepeare was a major culprit. I rather like it

shakinstevenslovechild Wed 05-Mar-14 00:14:05

I thought practicable was an actual word. Shows how much I know then grin

nightowlmostly Wed 05-Mar-14 00:18:13

It is a real word!

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:19:09

I also hate utilise, conversation, actioning, and using feedback as a verb.

Oh- and I know it is actually a word. I don't mind when it is used correctly. What I dislike is when it is used to make someone sound more intelligent or professional...

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:19:58

Sorry, I meant conversate. Even auto-correct hates it.

BitOutOfPractice Wed 05-Mar-14 00:20:26

That's not what you said in the OP. Do I need to make you go and stand in the corner? grin

SelectAUserName Wed 05-Mar-14 00:20:37

Yes, those pesky people with a wide vocabulary who use actual words, don't you just hate them? I find them so discombobulating.

scurryfunge Wed 05-Mar-14 00:22:57

We use "as soon as practicable" frequently at work. Didn't know it was uncommon.

AgaPanthers Wed 05-Mar-14 00:23:13

Unless you are using it in lieu of practical, it's fine.

BOFtastic Wed 05-Mar-14 00:28:10

I don't mind it, used properly. What grinds my gears is stuff like 'alternate' instead of 'alternative', and the misuse of 'disinterested'.

Even 'momentarily' to mean 'in a moment': "We'll be landing momentarily"- what, we'll touch down in 30 seconds, or we'll touch down for 30 seconds, then take off again before the seatbelt sign goes off?

fairyfuckwings Wed 05-Mar-14 00:28:12

I don't think I've heard the word "practicable" although my phone recognises it.

Guy at work keeps using his own made up word of "normallary". I pointed out he'd merged two words together - normally and ordinarily - and he realised he had but couldn't seem to stop using it. It used to really irritate me but 3 years later I find it quite amusing and just one of his "quirks".

Best made up word ever though is "huggle". My daughter made it up when she was 3. Obviously means a cross between a cuddle and a hug (ie a long hug). We kind of adopted it as a real word in our family. As did all my daughter's friends. Then when she was around 10 my daughter and her friend came home outraged at the teacher who had tried to tell them both that "huggle" wasn't an actual word.

I still think it should be though.

SelectAUserName Wed 05-Mar-14 00:30:22

fairyfuckwings I used to work with someone who said "huggle".

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:31:05

Ha, I wrote my op in a fluster of wine-fuelled annoyance at an email I was reading and was perhaps loose with my words! I consider myself quite articulate, and do use a broad and varied vocabulary.

What I mean about practicable is that I have noticed that some people use it to convey a certain tone when it isn't necessarily the word they want. In the same way that utilise is a word, but is misused in place of 'use', if you see what I mean.

I also hate

Monty27 Wed 05-Mar-14 00:33:21


Grump yes, it's arrogant and management speak-ish to use crap like that. You know when people say why use 10 words when 3 will do? It's using 10 syllables when 2 will do. <yawn>

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:36:45

Sorry hit send too soon...

I also hate forward planning, touching base, actualising, actioning, "I will feedback" instead of "I will give you feedback", "I inboxed you", moving forward (instead of what??), at the end of the day, with all due respect, and evidence...

I don't know why. Maybe I just hate work.

ScarletStar Wed 05-Mar-14 00:37:03

I hate the word 'timeously'- wanky wanker word!

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:39:17


What the fuck? Some people should be shot.

fairyfuckwings Wed 05-Mar-14 00:39:36

Selectausername - really? Maybe one day it will get it's rightful place in the dictionary!

My youngest daughter says it (inherited) and I've pointed out it's a lovely word but it's made up!

SelectAUserName Wed 05-Mar-14 00:41:08

Yes, really! This would have been early 90s so probably not your daughter...

ChaosTrulyReigns Wed 05-Mar-14 00:41:22

Plethora bothers me when used to mean 'a lot'.

Relation used as a noun to described someone to whom I'm related bothers me, but Ifear iI'm wrong on that one.

My old boss used to tell me to diarise things. I growled. Lots.

And invite as a noun, but I reckon I've just got to be FUCKING ZEN about that.

Grumpasaurus Wed 05-Mar-14 00:42:54

Diarise- definitely brings out the stabby in me.

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