"Whatever" headed the list, cited by 32 percent of adults, and next came "like," which 21 percent didn't like. Runners-up included "Twitterverse" and "gotcha'." The results mirrored last year's survey when "whatever" topped the annoying words list for a third straight year. But "seriously," named by 7 percent last year, dropped off the list entirely - really.
200 years of speeches made in the U.K.’s Houses of Parliament have been made available to download by Glasgow University. If you’re interested in the mocking, backstabbing, occasionally-exulted language of British statesmen and women, you’ll be there a while, as it amounts to 7.6 million speeches and 1.6 billion words.
At first I was adverse to posting this fulsome list of 58 commonly misused words and phrases, due to its sheer enormity, but I decided to proscribe it anyway because it is pretty bemusing. They are from Harvard linguist Steven Pinker’s book, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st […]
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