According to this page on the Lake Superior State University 2012 list of Banished Words, pet parent needs to 'go away.'
Personally, I object to the objection. Here's what Lynn Ouellette had to say about the term pet parent:
"Can a human being truly be a parent to a different species? Do pet 'owners' not love their pets as much pet 'parents' do? Are we equating pet ownership with slave holding? This cloyingly correct term is capable of raising my blood sugar. Lynn Ouellette, Buffalo, New York
Yes, Ms. Ouellette, pet owners do love their pets as much as you love your kids. Even those of us with kids love our pets as much. But then, we love most living, breathing creatures. Not just dogs and cats and kids. So, in my house, 'pet parent' stays. It's what I am – a parent. To my kids and my pets.
I do, however, agree with many of the other terms. For instance, who isn't sick of "ginormous"? It's cutesy – it serves no real purpose – and it grates on my nerves. Just say enormous, please. That's what you mean. Or gigantic. Or, big.
What about "man cave"? Who's tired of that? I was tired of it the day it started. "Man cave"… like men need a 'cave' to be sent to when they're bad. I know, that's not what it means… it represents a place within the home for the man of the house. Why isn't the family room a man cave? Why isn't the kitchen a man cave? I don't know. I do know that having a special place of solitude is nice and even women need that, now and then. Seems to me it can be any room in the house you want it to be.
AND… cave… that part of this term is what annoys me the most. Cave – a dark, dank, little place to hide in. Or, as defined by The free dictionary Online: A hollow or natural passage under or into the earth, especially one with an opening to the surface. Really… man cave???
There are a number of other words/phrases on the list thatI wasn't familiar with ('the new normal' and 'win the future' are two) so hop over and share your thoughts on words we wish would go away.
Heading the list, by the way, is "amazing." So, take that out of your vocabulary. It is overused, don't you think? Personally, I'd like to take the word "actually" out of the English language. And the word "very"… "Actually, I'm very happy about this turn of events…" makes me gag!
How about just saying, "I'm happy things turned out so well." Short, sweet and to the point.
Thoughts on words we need to banish? Oh, one last bit of advice – try not to use these banished words in your BlogPaws presentation in June, if you're speaking. Please.