101 Words I Don't Use
The Internet Version 
by Paul Niquette
Copyright 1996 Resource Books, Inc. All rights reserved.
With numerous revisions incorporated since April 2001
The ThinkerTable of Contents
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Introduction -- You can tell quite a lot about yourself from the words you don't use.

  • aggressive Civility makes this word unnecessary.
  • all about -- Weeds in the garden of inventive language.
  • alternative-- Accomplice to the 20th Century's biggest myth.
  • analogy -- Uncocking a Trap: Differences versus similarities.
  • art -- In search of Unity, Emphasis, and Coherence.
  • attitude -- The A-Word: Volition's personal hiding place. S:TM
  • basically -- Mindless attention-holder.
  • be -- Be-Free English: Volition's linguistic hiding place. S:TM
  • bourgeois -- On adapting to conformity.
  • canny -- Opposites detract.
  • can't -- Volition will say won't.
  • cause -- Wind does not blow where it listeth. S:TM
  • charisma-- An illusive prize still eludes me.
  • community -- A collection of collective nouns.
  • compelling -- Over-the-top persuasion.
  • compulsion -- Abdicating volition to a greed machine.. S:TM
  • computer science -- Bytemobile: Technology neglects terminology. S:TM
  • comrade -- A trampled flower in the garden of language.
  • concupiscence -- First principles in sexuality.
  • conundrum -- Riddling a transcendental groaner.
  • cool -- Dispensable word for visiting a museum.
  • cop-out-- Parody of sensitivity training.
  • corny-- Technical commemoration of Art Deco.
  • crackpot -- Trademarking the Stars & Stripes: Cure for flag burning. S:TM
  • crazy -- Badness diagnosed as madness.
  • cunning-- Management Mystery: A flawed recruiting instrument.
  • deniability-- A diatribe against premeditated cover-up. S:TM
  • disabuse -- Passionate Error: When reality crushes a dream. S:TM
  • dyskeptia -- Vulgar Error: When reality is not good enough. S:TM
  • double entendre -- An octogenarian struggles to learn French.
  • eclectic -- Letting the best be good enough.
  • edutainment -- Another gismo in the machinery of our language.
  • eleemosynary-- Management Secret: How to select a candidate. S:TM
  • elegancelessness-- Self Reference: A festival of amusements. S:TM
  • eschew -- Volition may not espouse.
  • etc. -- There may not be any others.
  • existential-- Recognizing one 'cab-word'.  And another.
  • expectorate-- On customs in the dugout.
  • factoid -- Respect for facts, large and small. S:TM
  • fairy-- The price for purloined words.
  • falsies -- On juvenile snickering and grown-up woe.
  • feck -- No such word, but there ought to be.
  • fiasco -- Management Mistake: The rating curve and consequences.
  • flaky -- Self-referent put-down.
  • fool -- Providential put-down.
  • frivolous -- Aerobic exercises for the misled mind.
  • frugal -- Vital policies for the nascent mind.
  • ground rules-- English as a game of inches. S:TM
  • hackney-- English as a game for pedants.
  • happen-- Parenting by the Numbers: An offbeat guide to fatherhood. S:TM
  • hate -- English as a game of excesses.
  • heuristic-- Discovering Assumptions: Powerful tool for innovation. S:TM
  • holomorph -- Management Systems: An offbeat guide to brain-trusting.
  • horseshit-- Not to be confused with bullshit.
  • housewife -- Abdicating volition to liberation.
  • hubris -- English is Greek to me.
  • humbug -- Saving this word for an iniquitous movie. S:TM
  • hyperbole -- Dangerous weapon against the bland.
  • idealoger -- Dealing with the devil in the data.
  • ignominy-- English as a game without rules. S:TM
  • ilk -- A grandiose send-up for brain trusters.
  • impress -- Beautiful downtown Reality City.
  • incredible -- Twenty years shift in unbelievable greatness.
  • insouciance -- Environmental impact scansion.
  • intellectual -- The aspect of mind best kept in the closet.
  • intercourse -- Not to be confused with intromission.
  • into -- Joy to the Jaded: Close call by candlelight.
  • iotacism-- On worthlessness and wordlessness.
  • jeece -- Regional expletive with pronounced nuance.
  • lawyer -- Conceding a correct parental proscription.
  • leverage -- Fostering risk as a reward for greed. S:TM
  • literally-- A useful distinction lost in habitual hyperbole.
  • litotes-- A self-referent tangle of terms.
  • loser -- On the cult of winning.
  • lucky -- Retrospective reality and prospective insights.
  • matriphobia -- The most common of all fears has no name.
  • middle age -- The minority to which no one aspires.
  • miracle -- Municipal laws in Reality City.
  • misconstrue -- The good, the bad, and the unctuous.
  • mukashi-- Matter Over Mind: Memories in machines and elsewhere. S:TM
  • Negro -- A linguistic event, as sudden as curious. S:TM
  • neologer -- Being what one calls oneself.
  • nerd -- Derogation tinctured with envy.
  • nihilism -- Dumping reality, dismissing morality.
  • no-brainer -- Originally coined as a replacement for 'stupid idea'.
  • nope -- One memory can be strong enough to obliterate a whole word.
  • n't -- The most important word in any sentence.
  • obsession -- On creating word problems.
  • old age-- The Nine-Year-Old Child: Legends are made not born.
  • ordure -- Pondering the primal scream.
  • orientate -- Ornamentating verbs for no good reason.
  • overkill -- Fallout Shelter: An obscenity became a household word.
  • oversight -- Management responsibility or mistake, which?
  • pancake-- On a curiously familiar abbr.
  • paradigm-- Valuable coinage squandered on pretension.
  • parameter -- A juicy term that got gobbledegooked.
  • paraprosdokian -- A ubiquitous instrument of jocularity.
  • parriage -- A neologism for preseving a sacred institutions.
  • person -- On lunacy in language.
  • personnel-- A linguistic event in management.
  • pig -- Hardly a term of endearment.
  • Platonic-- Gender Bender: Where winning meets losing. S:TM
  • pluplural -- Laugh and Learn: Where degree meets kind. S:TM
  • poetry -- Belief in the paradoggerel.
  • point in time -- A worthwhile concept quashed by pedants.
  • polykut -- On inventing things more than names.
  • pretermission -- What a word ought to mean but doesn't
  • problematical -- Too many synonyms are -- well, problematical.
  • prolix -- Fibonacci and the Saguaro: Deciphering aesthetics.
  • propur alcon ad solap -- Management Treasure: The Rational Process.
  • puke -- A noun reserved for making a point.
  • pussyfoot-- A verb reserved for being reserved.
  • quadrumanous -- On nature's redundant tautology.
  • quasi -- Not to be confused with semi.
  • Quient -- Land of the Shiny People: Volition's limits in management.. S:TM
  • ramification -- Denatured verbs hiding in wimpy nouns.
  • Reaman -- On naming and being named.
  • relationship-- A gender specific euphemism.
  • restitution -- Punishing the criminal does not repay the crime.
  • retromingent-- One of many unplayed pranks.
  • retrotax -- Paying the Full Price: How to solve all of our problems.S:TM
  • role model-- Smokey Joe: The moral equivalent of a three-lunger. S:TM
  • rump -- Management Lexicon: It all started with a dirty story.
  • run -- Meaning lost in too many meanings. S:TM
  • sarcasmic -- Taking a word from bad to worse.
  • science fiction -- As bogus as rhyming gibberish.
  • Scotch -- The particular meets the general.
  • sequigamnesia -- The best kept secret about divorce.
  • sheepskin -- A son's remembrance of a father's resentment. S:TM
  • sincere -- Transforming misapprehension into high jinx. S:TM
  • sitcom -- Reflections in a laughing bottle.
  • solipsism -- Philosophy of self absorprtion.
  • splendid-- Transforming high jinx into peer approval.
  • squaw -- A world-class pun lost to ethnicity.
  • stereotype-- An uprooted vegetable in a garden of vexation
  • stupid- No brainer of the third kind
  • subconscious -- How the unconscious subverts deceit. S:TM
  • survival value -- Ostentation pays off in perpetuation.
  • synecdoche-- Deciphering meaning from particulars.
  • talisman-- Parental guidance as a subversive act.
  • televisions-- On words with singular plurality.
  • threat -- Liberation means reciprocal inquiry.
  • track record-- Secrets of success, revelations in failure.
  • tridecabillion -- Acquiring the power of guessing. S:TM
  • trivia-- Acquiring the power of knowing.
  • truculent-- Acquiring the power of diligence.
  • unbelievable-- On petty pilfering from necessary notions.
  • urinate -- Expressions caught between the dog and the fire plug.
  • velar-- A billion-dollar idea that nobody wants. S:TM
  • very -- Strength through deletion.
  • viable -- A lively word transplanted to a garden of weeds.
  • virago -- Self-Proving Theorem: Gender asymmetry, ready or not.
  • virgule -- Slashing the English Language.
  • war -- A hobgoblin against calamity.
  • way, shape, or form -- Pompous protestations
  • xanthocroid-- If the slur fits, wear it.
  • zygote -- Becoming Human: The minority from which we all emerge.

 

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