Personal bugaboos

Number N of a no-doubt continuing series.

  1. “Often times.” As opposed to “often places,” “often colors,” and the other often options. It’s worse when someone actually writes it down and publishes it. I just closed an article on a favorite website upon encountering it, persuaded that the signal-to-noise ratio of the article was likely to be low.
  2. “Tremendous” is becoming nauseating, too, but solely because of its mendacious overuse by the Toxin-in-Chief.
  3. While we’re at it, I wish sophisticated people would not refer to the “passage of Roe v. Wade.” “Passing” is what legislatures do to create laws. Courts “decide,” sometimes perversely. To my ears, the “passage of Roe v. Wade” lends it a political legitimacy it doesn’t remotely deserve.
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