I’ve been using a shampoo that includes a “New Hydra-Plex Formula” according to the label. This could result in my head looking like a hydra of the anemone type or the Greek mythological type. Either one will make for an interesting cranium topping. Consider yourself warned.
While on this subject, I want to make clear once again that “shampoo” is one of the worst words in the English language, being composed of “sham” and “poo.”
Another word that I hate is “tummy” when referencing the stomachs of adult women. I frequently see this in advertisements. It’s rarely applied to men, but women are expected to be childlike instead of mature humans. What about “panties”? It’s a diminutive baby-talk word reserved for women’s clothes, like “onesies” are reserved for babies. That may sound trivial, but kids and teens get this stuff drilled into their heads.
Arrgh. One more before my hydra-head explodes. This is not a particular word, but word usage. There are still news outlets that will describe a politician, doctor, teacher, etc., as a “tall, red-headed, mother of three,” if a woman, but a man will rarely get a mention of hair color or children. Why? Or someone will be described as a “woman plumber,” for example, due to the sheer novelty and amazement that a woman is a plumber, I guess, even if gender is not at all germane to the story. I said I’d stop earlier. Hydra tentacles are flying into the air!