I hate the word "Mom."
There's something about it that grosses me out. Maybe it's the long O sound combined with that nasally M. Maybe it's that it's so short -- I find "bob" pretty vile, too. It might even be the way it looks written -- "mom" just looks so abrupt and judgy, like something in German. Nein.
I hate the way people say it. Either whiny or sycophantically or smugly or condescendingly. There's pretty much no way to say the word "Mom" that doesn't disgust me, unless you are actually addressing or referring to your own mother.
"Oh hey Mom, just wanted to call and check in." A-OK.
"I can't wait to be a Mom!" Shudder.
"I made the reservation for us and Mom." Acceptable.
"But Moooooooom." Gag.
"Mom said it was the second left after the light." Informative.
"I have the best job ever, I'm a Mom." Kill me now.
But doubly bad? "Awww, he's so happy now that Mom's here!" Said to me. At the vet's. About Spencer.
(I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Spence and I do not have a parent-child relationship. We have a 10-4, good buddy relationship.)
I hate attorneys who can't be bothered to learn peoples' names. Henceforth Mom will do her best to to create a positive atmosphere for the kids and not refer negatively to Dad in front of them. Dad will do his best to maintain appropriate boundaries and discipline and drop kids off at Mom's on time. It's so smarmy and familiar, yet so obvious that you can't be bothered to shuffle through your papers and find out whether it was Kim or Karen, Bill or Brandon. (Ahh, screw it, just write "Mom" and "Dad.") Seriously, "petitioner" and "respondent" would be better.
And I hate that you can't tell people that you hate the word "Mom" without people staring at you like you've just kicked a kitten.
Oh look, that girl hates moms. Let's shun her. Or better yet, send her a copy of emotionally manipulative books like "Love You Forever." Yes, that's an excellent idea. Weep, cold girl on the internet, weep!
Anyone else there have an irrational dislike an otherwise positive-to-neutral meaning word? Anyone hate "puppy," for instance? (You monster!)