Overused words/phrases and pet peeves of the English language
I was listening to the CBC and they were talking with the person responsible for the 42nd annual LSSU List of Banished Words (like “post-truth,” “echo chamber,” “guesstimate,” and “listicle”). They were also taking emails and calls from the public on their pet peeves. It was all in good humour and was fun listening to everyone’s pet peeves. I thought we could bring that convo here. I’ll start:
– Moving forward
– At the end of the day
– The use of “like” to fill gaps in speech (I’m not perfect with this one but I try to be as conscious as I can)
What are some of yours?
The use of the word “literally”. Obviously, most annoying when it used in a phrase to emphasize something that is in fact not literally true (eg. I literally died laughing). But, I find this word is overused in the correct context too.
Using the word “period” to emphasize the end of a list
Literally it’s “literally” — 100%! Ha.
When people misuse the phrase “I couldn’t care less” and say “I could care less.”
Even though I am one (a huge one!) the word “foodie” is totally overused and annoying now.
When people start off a sentence by saying, “To be honest…” — I mean, isn’t it assumed you’re always being honest when speaking? I guess not!
ALL CAPS DRIVES ME CRAZY. 🙂
Other pet peeves (I may or may not have a list on my desktop that I’m planning to turn into an article at some point…)
> Meaningless extra words like very, really, etc.
> Ellipses. Don’t like ’em.
> Redundancy. (eg. Cape Town is beautiful and gorgeous and stunning—and the views are really amazing.)
David, yes. I’ve seen “triggering” and “triggered” so many times that it no longer means anything to me.
To steal one of David’s pet peeves: “The Mecca of…”
Also, I’ve never understood why people use “whilst” instead of “while.” It seems to be more common among British writers, so it may be more of a cultural quirk than it is pretension, but I only really like reading it when the writing is intentionally whimsical or poetic.
I am guilty of overusing “epic,” but it’s soured on me a bit lately.