What are your language pet peeves?

I know that the English language is ever-evolving (though I try in my own way to keep it from evolving into incoherency), but there are some popular phrases that just make my skin crawl. I hereby vow to never use these in any form, written or spoken:

  • Across the pond
  • Pout — to describe lips in general, not an actual pout
  • Wow factor
  • Culture vulture

Here are words and phrases that bug me because they’re actually incorrect:

What words or phrases drive you up the wall?


Originally published at skgarner.com on June 28, 2010.