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That's Nice or is it Marvellous, Brilliant, Kind, Comforting, Pretty ....?

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Granny23 Thu 20-Feb-20 11:40:45

I was taught, both at Primary and Secondary School , to eschew the use of the word Nice which was lazy and to seek a more precise/appropriate descriptive adjective. Consequently, every use of the word on Gransnet Forums, leaps out at me and makes my hackles rise. The only time I use the word is sarcastically, as in 'That was nice of her' when in fact is was rude, upsetting, or belittling.

Anyone else?

vampirequeen Thu 20-Feb-20 11:57:04

I taught that 'nice' was lazy. Sometimes I'm lazy but other times I find a better word.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 20-Feb-20 11:58:42

One of our close friends definition of nice is :-

N neurotic
I insecure

merlotgran Thu 20-Feb-20 12:00:29

In the words of Mrs Brown ('s Boys)

That's Nice! hmm

JackyB Thu 20-Feb-20 12:01:12

Our English teacher disapproved of "nice" and "lots of", both of which I try and avoid. But I don't really cringe any more when others use it.

Grammaretto Thu 20-Feb-20 12:16:01

I'm sure we too were told not to use it but I find I am lazy and sometimes other words don't work so well.
I shall have to think about it.
He's nice, she's nice, the house was very nice.... I can see the point hmm

JenniferEccles Thu 20-Feb-20 12:19:01

I remember reading a while back that the word marvellous is used much less frequently now.

It would be a shame if it disappeared wouldn’t it?

timetogo2016 Thu 20-Feb-20 12:19:43

I also use the nice word whilst being sarcastic.

sodapop Thu 20-Feb-20 12:20:08

Yes I was taught that there were better adjectives to use. I don't mind if its used once in a sentence but not more than that.

lavenderzen Thu 20-Feb-20 12:22:44

I think every day I am living in a different world than everyone else! I have never heard before that the word "nice" is disapproved of. I am sure I use it far too much!

Urmstongran Thu 20-Feb-20 12:28:29

I too was taught to try to avoid the use of nice.
It’s nice and easy though isn’t it?!

Purpledaffodil Thu 20-Feb-20 12:29:24

And what about “got” ? Another banned word in my youf.🤣
Taught use of thesaurus from Year 2 onwards. We have a rich language which is there to be used. Children are encouraged to use it where possible and most enjoy doing so. Old fogey rant over😀

nanaK54 Thu 20-Feb-20 12:36:05

I'm far too 'nice' myself to worry about the use of this inoffensive word - have a nice day! grin

MamaCaz Thu 20-Feb-20 12:42:44

There's nothing wrong whatsoever with using the word 'nice'.

I imagine that many teachers just wanted to encourage children not to rely upon that word alone, and expand their vocabulary.
Unfortunately, as with so many of these 'rules' that were drummed into most of us as children, they are taken too literally and applied too rigidly.

Calendargirl Thu 20-Feb-20 12:47:59

As others have said, I too was taught not to use nice if better words could be chosen.
I do use it however. What I object to are words such as brilliant, amazing, fantastic, awesome, and so on, being used completely out of context. Makes nice look quite harmless.

Beechnut Thu 20-Feb-20 12:48:50

I was told those things about the word‘nice’. I’ve decided in a world where everything is ‘amazing’ (I have nothing against the use of) that there is nothing wrong with describing something as nice.

Alishka Thu 20-Feb-20 12:50:57

Nice? I think it's Absolutely Fabulous, Dahlingwink
Our English teacher's never-use word was 'got'.

Alishka Thu 20-Feb-20 12:52:34

Sorry, purpledaffodil got there before me (see what I did there?)

GrandmaMoira Thu 20-Feb-20 13:21:23

I was also taught not to use nice if there is a better word but I agree with Calendargirl that people often use exaggerated words such as brilliant, awesome etc. for things that are quite ordinary and it irritates me. I'm happy to say nice.

SueDonim Thu 20-Feb-20 13:40:26

My school had the same rule. Nothing could be ‘nice’.

We weren’t allowed to use ‘got’ or ‘somebody’ (had to be some*one*).There was also some arcane rule about using ‘what’ in conjunction with another word - ‘what was’ maybe? hmm

Greta Thu 20-Feb-20 13:54:20

I can think of far worse crimes than using 'nice'. Sometimes it is just the most suitable word. Alternatives like "fantastic, amazing, marvellous" are much stronger. And of course, now we have 'awsome' which I have yet to use!

I guess teachers just want to extend pupils' vocabulary and that must be good.

SueDonim Thu 20-Feb-20 14:11:20

We could start using young people’s language and call things ‘sick’ when we like them. grin

Yiayia4 Thu 20-Feb-20 14:13:48

Does it matter!

annep1 Thu 20-Feb-20 14:25:17

Nothing wrong with nice fgs. We were just taught not to use the same descriptive word repeatedly, and to think of others. The most repeatedly used word I remember was lovely.

Yehbutnobut Thu 20-Feb-20 14:55:12

Haven’t you anything better to worry about such as sloppy punctuation and inappropriate use of capitals?