Least Favorite Word In The English Language

If you’ve seen “Inside The Actors Studio”, you know that towards the end of the episode James Lipton will ask the guest a series of questions written by a French television personality.  The second question is, “What is your least favorite word?”.

If I were sitting in the chair and being asked these questions, here’s how it would go:

James Lipton: And now it is the part of the show where we turn to the guest and ask them the questions made famous by famed Frenchman Bernard Pivot.  What is your favorite word?
Me: Smile.  You say that to someone and 90% of the time they’ll turn to you and smile.  It’s a small curve that can straighten a thousand things.
JL: What is your least favorite word?
Me: But

(Cue the giggles from people who thought I was talking about someone’s backside)

Me: No really.  The word “But” is something I don’t notice people saying about 99% of the time.  Heck I even use it… (dramatic pause)… but… see what I did there… there are times that I really dislike hearing it.  In certain situations, you just want a straight answer.  A direct idea that gives a clear sense of what’s going on.  The word “But” connects two different sides of a coin that the person on the receiving end of that “But” has to choose from.  The ironic thing is that it’s a necessary word to be a good friend or family member.  You can’t tell these people what to do in tough times.  You have to use the word “but” to present them with options when they’re making tough choices or delivering tough news.

I got the results back from my most recent CT scans.  They showed that there are no signs of cancer in the usual spots of my body that testicular cancer would spread to. In addition, they feel that the chemo most likely did it’s job.  But they told me that the spot in my lung is still there.  The good news is that it did not grow in size or multiply to any other part of my lung.  But, it did go away either.  It’s something to keep an eye on over time.  It’s too darn small to biopsy or do any further scans on.

Please know that I type this knowing that I am 99.99999999….% ok.  There are people out there who are struggling with cancer far beyond my situation.  And I know and wish that those people who have lived and died from this disease could be at this 99.999999999…% point in their lifetime.  I am very very VERY lucky.


I wish I was just looking at one side of the coin.

I am thankful each and every day for the cards, messages, prayers, positive thoughts, texts, and notes of support and strength.  It means a ton and these, combined with the positive prayers and thoughts, really have helped.

From here we return to regularly scheduled blogging.  Updates on the journey will hopefully be few.

In the spirit of getting back to the positive, this is how my chat with Mr. Lipton would have probably finished…

JL: What turns you on?

Me: Two things…1)Someone looking me square in the eyes and saying, “I proud of you”.  2) The look of wonder in someone’s eyes.  You know, that look that people give looking at new exciting things.  Or when they turn a corner and are surprised by the view.  That look in their eyes right there.  

JL: What turns you off?

Me: A couple things… Lying, inconsistency, shady-ness, disrespect, and giving up too easily

JL: What sound or noise do you love?

Me: A bunch of friends, family, colleagues, and/or students laughing uncontrollably.  I mean we’re talking stomach hurting, eyes watering type laughter.

JL: What sound or noise do you hate?

Me:  It’s a weird one, I know.  But it’s chewing ice.

JL: What is your favorite curse word?

Me: S**t.  The multitude of uses makes it a personal favorite.  You can express surprise with it.  You can use it when you made a mistake.   Plus it’s not as “hard” as an f-bomb or some other curse words.  It’s become a little more accepted in today’s language.

JL: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Me: Big City or Exotic Location Tour Guide.

JL: What profession would you not like to do?

Me: You know those folks who fix the tall windmills?  Yea, that’s a little too high for me.

JL: Finally, if Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Me: (High Five) Now THAT’s how you do it.  Nice job.  Family is waiting on the other side.  The peanut butter is over there.  Scrambled Eggs are served in the morning.  Let me know what you think.

Thanks for reading…


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