I’m driving to work this morning, listening to NPR, and a reporter noted that “the writing has been on the wall literally for 15 years.”
Unless there’s a wall somewhere with writing on it, the writing hasn’t LITERALLY been on the wall!
Literally is used incorrectly so often, I’m beginning to wonder if people know the meaning of the word.
While I’m on the subject of pet peeves, let me throw out a few others….
Irregardless is not a word. The word is regardless.
Orientated is not a word. You can be oriented, or attend orientation. You can not be orientated.
To say that the meeting is at “9 a.m. in the morning” is redundant.
“Consensus of opinion” is redundant. A consensus is a gathering of opinions.
And would someone please tell me when disrespect became a verb??? I can treat you with disrespect, show you disrespect, be treated disrespectfully….it’s an adverb. Not a verb. To say that you’re disrespecting me is nonsense.
So, now that I have that off my chest….what are your pet peeves? What language mixups drive you crazy?