All in Good Fun: Usage Peeve Bingo by Stan Carey


As Carey notes, some of the


As Carey notes, some of the items are nonstandard and “generally avoided in formal writing; others are unfairly decried.” Commonly, loudly, sometimes abusively decried. Like Carey, I find most of them to be “unworthy of any irritation.” Even the metaphorical literally, which literally makes my stomach twist into a knot, has its established place in English and in some of the materials I may edit. I don't use it in my own writing, except in jest, but seeing it in someone else's doesn't ruin my day or make me lament the state of the world's written English.
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