Words English People Should Never Say

There are many benefits to speaking the queens english. However, in an effort to fit in, many english people start to use the local venacular, especially over here in the U S of A. This highlights a specific problem that has to be addressed head on.

There are some words that Americans can say that just sound right when they say them. But several of these words are now being used liberally by English peeps (the Scots can usually get away with it) and they just sound terrible. They sound awkward, butchered, inane, foolish. Friends, feel free to smack me in the mouth if I use any of them.

Here’s the list I came up with, let me know if you think of others and I’ll post the results.


Awesome (sidenote-this is perhaps the single most overused word in the American vocabulary…it means you are literally in awe…so please really think about what you’re describing feeling awesome about. There are plenty of substitutes for awesome, trust me, look them up)


Parking Structure




Den (as in, let’s go to the den to watch telly)


Cup of Joe



~ by john on January 26, 2009.

8 Responses to “Words English People Should Never Say”

  1. right on, brother.

  2. have to add that one, that’s another phrase my brethren and I should never utter.

  3. I agree with all – except ‘cool’ and ‘awesome’, both of which I have used ever since going to high school in Prestonpans (I should also add I’m not English. I’m of superior northern stock.)

    Another one that should never be heard coming from the mouth of anyone from the British Isles: ‘Jelly’.

    It’s ‘JAM’ dammit! Jelly is what you have with ice cream!

  4. Well, do agree the Scots can get away with saying most of them and 100% on the jelly issue! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  5. Couldn’t agree more. Actually, I could…cool is clearly acceptable the world over. Awesome is just wrong wrong wrong…

  6. Are all of these words supposedly of American origin? I don’t think I’ve ever heard “parking structure”. “Parking garage”, yes, but structure?!

  7. yep, unfortunately they say parking structure down here in Texas all the time!

  8. Strange! 🙂 perhaps that should be on the list if words NO ONE should ever say!

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