A few months ago I discovered a new pet peeve. Oddly enough the pet peeve is a word. That word is repurposed. The only ways I've seen it used are when describing a new product made from an old one. The first time I saw the word the blog author was proud of herself for repurposing an old sweater into a stuffed monkey. I rolled my eyes and commented to my husband that the words remade or recycled would have been just as accurate and less...snobby. (At the time I was pregnant and highly hormonal, so that may have contributed to my hatred of the word.)
After I spent the afternoon steaming at what a stupid word it was (I really was hormonal) I tried to forget about it. I did a great job until last weekend when I worked the Womens Expo at UVU. One of the giveaways was a "Chocolate brown bag repurposed from Mexican candy wrappers." What? "Brown bag made of garbage" was what I read. I'm all about making something new out of something old to save money and reduce waste, I just take issue with using a word for it that seems to have been made up for the sole purpose of making the new product sound somehow better. Just my opinion. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go take care of the breast milk my daughter has repurposed.