Tim Ferriss has a recent piece on
There seems to be a unifying theme among Tim’s ten words: they are words that represent subjective concepts. My personal pet peeve is “spiritual” – most people use “spiritual” as a synonym for “religious”, but there’s also a significant minority who are fond of saying “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual.”
What does that even mean? Personally, these days, when I use “spiritual”, I mean simply “emotional” or “intuitive”, usually in the context of personal relationships, but I’m pretty sure that most people with whom I use the word don’t interpret it that way – which means that I’m not communicating to people when I use that word. In fact, I’d claim that most people are not really communicating when they use most of these words; they’re just talking to hear themselves talk.
I could continue to investigate the reasons why people feel compelled to do this, but the examples I can think of right offhand are driven by personal insecurity. That, in itself, is a good enough reason to stop.
I’m sure Tim’s list could be expanded into a much longer list of subjectively defined words.