This blog is for everyone who uses words.

The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Sunday Rest. Word Not To Use Today: suburban.

Does any other word evoke quite so much squat dreariness as suburban?

It has a dull, belching, padded-cell sound.

I have to admit this is the perfect representation of struggling pampas grass, smugness, and inconvenient parking facilities, but who wants that?

Look, let's dump the suburbs, we have no need of them, and go and live much more happily somewhere peripolitan, instead.

Why, even the pampas will look perkier.

Word Not To Use Today: suburban. Sub is the Latin for loads of things, in this case close to, and the urbs bit is Latin for city.

1 comment:

  1. As a lover of the suburbs, I agree about the word itself. Peripolitan is good!