So help me, I actually read these words in a published novel last night:
He was blah blah blah..."or so I thought."
Blech! Yuck! Are you kidding? It's a really annoying phrase. Author could have just as well used NOT! and I would have taken her about as seriously.
I think I might start keeping a list of phrases I hate.
Mr. Bridge in high school used to have a list of words we were not allowed to use. The main one I remember, because I was so offended, was "throughout." I can see now that it is an annoying word, but I really liked using it at the time. Now, when I want to use it, I stop and think if there is another way of saying what I want to say.
Mr. Hallstrom preferred that we not use adverbs that ended in "ly." He said they weren't very descriptive. I still kind of don't understand, but I stop and think about it before I use one.
Kristin hates the word "relationship." I've been staring at it and contemplating its meaning for about three minutes now, and I can honestly say it annoys me, too.
Anyone else want to contribute to the list?
Of course, we could assemble a list of words we really like, too. I already have a list started;they are called The Delicious Words. These are words like discombobulate, inclination, and discomfiture.
Any other favorites?