I hate the term “crisp white”.
As I’ve read a lot of books lately, I notice this phrase becoming more and more popular. It’s usually used to describe bed linens or shirts- It means starched or pressed to perfection. It means a true white: no shades of tan or grey or blue: just pale, bleached cotton.
When you are trying to describe something, it helps having a word or phrase that elicits all sorts of thoughts when you read them. Crisp white is one of those words: it can signal perfection, or a level of order. It can describe contrast. It’s a pretty nifty trick to be able to use a word like crisp to precede a very bland color, and be able to tell a story.
I should applaud phraseology like this: however I shun it.
I just don’t ever want to read the words “crisp white” ever again.
Do you think they could do trigger warnings for words?
Because these words give me anxiety…
Why do some words or phrases just drive us crazy?
Is it overuse? Or is it something else?
Do you have any words or phrases that make you go “ewwww”?
Which words or phrases would you like to get rid of?