Word Rummage

March 9, 2011

Date: March 9, 2011

Word:  Enough

 Merriam-Webster Definition:

1: in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction: sufficiently
2: fully, quite <he is qualified enough for the position>
3: in a tolerable degree <she sang well enough>



“Enough” is one word I would like to remove from the English language. I find that we often use this word in a negative light. Am I good enough? Am I smart enough? Am I pretty enough? Last week, we talked about the words we say to ourselves, our thoughts. Do you ever use “enough” in your thoughts?

I think we tend to use this word to measure every aspect of our life. At least I do.

At work:  Am I good enough to keep up with the most experienced employees? Am I fast enough to keep up with the newbies? Am I liked enough to be a leader in the workplace?

At home: Am I respectful enough of my husband’s ideas? Am I attentive enough to my husband’s needs? Am I disciplined enough to raise good dogs (ha!)?

I feel like I can’t be the only one who feels this way.

As I was getting my hair cut a couple of weeks ago, I had a super non-chatty stylist. I thought: am I not interesting enough for her to talk to me? When I left the salon 2 hours later with shorter hair than originally intended, I began to consider that maybe, just maybe the stylist was wondering if she was doing a good enough job herself. She combed and snipped, combed and snipped, parted my hair and snipped some more. She was awfully young and seemed like she lacked the confidence of the more experienced stylists. Maybe she was nervous and that’s why she wasn’t talking. Maybe it had nothing to do with how interesting I looked. Yet I spent the better part of 2 hours wondering what was wrong with me.

For these reasons, I am asking for a motion to remove the word “enough” from the English language…or at least the dictionary. Motion? Second?

Do you have similar feelings about this word? What other words would you like to see eliminated from the English language?


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