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Do you hate the word retired? Dame Judi Dench does

We all have words that rile us up - for 89-year-old Dame Judi Dench, it's the word 'retirement'.

"It's the rudest word in my dictionary, 'retire'," she told The Telegraph newspaper.

"And 'old' is another one. I don't allow that in my house. And being called 'vintage'. I don't want any of those old words. I like 'enthusiastic'."

She believes age doesn't - and shouldn't - matter.

“Seriously, though, I think I never ceased to be grateful of the fact that I am able to do a job that I really love – I never got over that," she has said.

“I don’t really want to retire. I intend to go on working as long as I can because I still have a huge amount of energy.”

'Retirement' means to retreat or withdraw

It's a word with negative connotations. The word 'retire' is derived from a French word used in the 1500s and 1600s to describe military battles - it meant retreating from battle. Even today, the French word to describe retiring is: retraité (or retraitée for a woman).

So are there better words to describe retiring? Add your thoughts to the comments below.
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