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8 words the media uses that nobody actually says in real life

Nice ‘gong’ you picked up there.

1. Gongs

The word ’gong’ entered the English language via the 17th C. trade routes from Asia, where it denoted a disc-shaped metallic signaling device. (the more you know).

Onomatopoeia played a role in the word becoming slang for awards, but let’s face it – you wouldn’t say you picked up a gong at your 5th Class Credit Union quiz, would you?

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2. Pins

Actually, pretty much any synonym used in tabloids instead of legs. They are just that – legs.

(Pins is probably the most forgivable slang term though – it’s Cockney, innit?)


3. Budding romance

Relax. You’re “seeing someone”. That’s all.

4. Cuts a ___ figures

Place any adjective into the blank, and you will realise that no one actually says this expression out loud. Ever.

5. Busty assets

*Google search result* Did you mean, “tits”?


6. Bevy

The least-used collective noun in spoken English, surely?

7. Sizzling

Describing meat? Yes. Describing women and their outfits? No.


8. Ample

It’s not so much the use we’re arguing with here, but moreso how much it’s used.

It’s used … Amply, if you will.




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