We all have our language pet peeves. Mine seem to be getting stronger as I spend even more time reading and writing. I know I’m not alone in this.
I was wasting a few minutes on Twitter the other day when an agent’s post caught my eye. She wrote that the phrase “every fiber of my being” should be stricken from the English language. That phrase has never bothered me particularly (although I do find most usages pretty silly), but I can see how it might make this person irritated.
And it immediately brought to mind my least favorite saying. No, it’s not misuse of the word “literally”, although that makes me want to figuratively slap people. I’m talking about a quote that I’ve heard given as sage advice to young people on many occasions. Are you ready? Here it is…
Isn’t that awful? I hate it with every fiber of my being! It makes me want to literally punch whoever said it in the face! And I mean literally!
First of all, it’s blatantly false. There is not one person I can think of, including people with “dream jobs” like professional athletes and movie stars, who has a job they love and never works at it. Secondly, it totally undermines the value and the joy of work. If you pick a job you love, you will work hard every day of your life, and you will love the work. I am lucky to have three “jobs” that I love–mother, teacher, and writer–and every one of them takes a tremendous amount of work. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be the least bit fulfilling.
That’s the end of my rant, but I want to know:
What are your language pet peeves? What are your least favorite sayings, quotes, phrases, grammar or usage errors? My sincere apologies if I’ve included any of them in this post…