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Independence Day wishlist: 10 words and phrases we want freedom from

Monday is India’s 70th Independence Day, and it’s just the right time to review the following words and phrases, and consider banning them from your vocabulary. For good.

more lifestyle Updated: Aug 15, 2016 07:50 IST
Sanya Panwar
Monday is India’s 70th Independence Day, and it’s just the right time to review the following words and phrases, and consider banning them from your vocabulary. For good.
Monday is India’s 70th Independence Day, and it’s just the right time to review the following words and phrases, and consider banning them from your vocabulary. For good. (Tumblr)

Let’s be honest. Sometimes people can be really annoying.

They say words and phrases that we are tired of hearing or make us really angry. Things like, “Are you on your period or something?”. Before we even go any further, please don’t be an ignorant idiot and stop saying that forever. (Sorry. It’s a sore subject.)

Monday is India’s 70th Independence Day, and it’s just the right time to review the following words and phrases, and consider banning them from your vocabulary. For good.

1 “That’s so gay/retarded”

It’s 2016. How do people still not realise how offensive comments like these are?!

2 “Ugh, I look so fat”

Whenever you say stuff like this, you’re just coming across as a self-obsessed person with low self-esteem. Stop. Be confident in how you look and don’t ask others if you look fat. It makes people uncomfortable and makes you look desperate, like you are fishing for compliments.

3 “I hate my life”

This is another over-dramatic statement that you don’t mean. It sounds so... We don’t know... princess-y?

4 “A woman’s place is in the home”

Don’t even get us started on this one. A woman’s place is wherever she chooses to be. If that place is in the home, great. If it isn’t, that’s great too. It’s her choice, not yours. So, just knock it off.

5 “It’s not fair!”

Some people say this all the tome: At home, at work, at the dining table. You’re right. Life isn’t fair. But you know what’s really not fair? The fact that others have to listen to you complain about how unfair it all is ALL. THE. TIME.

6 “I don’t like Harry Potter”

Take it back! You clearly either don’t have a soul or you’re lying to intentionally piss someone off. Either way, you’re on many people’s hate list.

7 “Are you PMSing ?”

Please stop using the word “PMSing” as a verb to describe actions that do not give you pleasure. Please understand: A woman has a uterus. It is her nature to have a uterus. It is her nature to menstruate. Menstruation is a gift that indicates a healthy body and gives women the superpower to have babies. When you use the word “PMSing,” you disrespect her nature. You tell her that who she is by nature is bad and displeasing. So, don’t.

8 “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”

Have you had pizza? Paneer pakoda? Ice cream? Freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies? The list of foods that taste much better than skinny feels goes on and on.

9 “I’m taking time off to find myself”

You’re unemployed and/or don’t know what to do with your life. Admitting it is the first step.

10 “I’m not like others”

Umm... okay? Because others are all the same and you’re like this special unicorn? Who are you, anyway?

Raise your hand if these are phrases that you have heard enough of and they just put you off. Got any more?

The writer tweets as @SanyaHoon