If I could send one word to the bin forever it would be ‘hope’.
This is such a negative word, and I’m annoyed at myself for using it just as much as I’m annoyed when other people use it.
I know we all ‘hope’ to do well at a given task, or ‘hope’ our team can win the game, or ‘hope’ to make the meeting, but ‘hope’ is a word that implies you are not working towards a success … ‘
A friend of mine, whenever I try and meet up with him, will say “I hope I’m free’. No, I’ve asked if you’re available, and I’m asking for something that’s weeks, sometimes even months, away. By saying you hope you’ll be free implies you’re not willing to make a commitment and keep that evening/time free for me. Right here, right now, put it in the diary and that’s the day/time we’ll work towards meeting up again. Hope implies it might not happen, that you’ll get a better offer, or that you may change your mind..