The words “male” and “female” generally make me uncomfortable. That’s because they’re so often used to misgender trans people, though.
Other than that, I mostly only dislike words when they sound awkward/are used incorrectly in the context they’re in.
Oh, but one thing that does really annoy the hell out of me is when a character frequently stutters and it’s typed out. As in, all or a lot of the dialogue from that character is like, “O-Oh. W-w-well, I d-don’t kn-know.” It’s a pain to read. I’d rather just be told that a character is stuttering their words. Ex. “Oh. Well, I don’t know,” he stuttered. Of course, this requires making the reader aware that stuttering is a frequent occurrence for the character in question, but, again, it’s a lot less irritating.
Also, it’s not super annoying to me unless it’s done frequently enough, but using all caps or asterisks to emphasize a word/collection of words. Personally, “Which words do you dislike?” looks more…professional? Compared to, “Which words do YOU dislike?” or “Which words do * you * dislike?” (I had to put a space between the asterisks and the word of emphasis because apparently that is also a way to italicize words here😄). Of course some programs don’t actually allow writers to italicize words, but the examples I’m thinking of are pieces written in choicescript.
Those last two aren’t exactly words, but they’re relevant enough😄
Oh and does anyone else just hate it when a written piece uses big words just to sound intellectual? Like, “The gentleman happened upon the conclusion, as a result of the sensation of moisture dampening the outermost layer of his suave garb, that he’d been caught in a drizzle of rain.” As opposed to, “It had started to drizzle, apparent by his dampened coat.” Like…less is more when it comes to that shit.
Edit: After reading over some of the replies on this topic, I remembered that fan fiction has forever ruined the word “member” for me😑