As a writing student I get to read many other’s work. I love and hate this simultaneously. I do understand that the writings my fellow studnets bring to class are rough drafts, and therefore still…well…rough. I too, need the second pair of eyes on my work to see where I am being vauge, annoying or just plain dumb.
However, there are words and phrases that make me angry. I have no GOOD reason to dislike them, I just do. I am unfair for the fact that I loathe certain sayings, and I just don’t really care. And there is a chance that some of you reading this write some of the things I hate, and you are free to gossip about me because of it. I just cannot help my pet peeves.
7. “…but I digress”
I dislike this.
I actually was writing this blog last week, and then someone used this word and I put off posting a few days because I had no intention of picking them out specifically. But seriously, who commences? I had a fellow classmate use this word in a memoir piece one time. He mentioned how he commenced by the lake to partake of cheese and poetry.
5. “were, was, had” etc.
This is a problem for me personally. I wrote a twenty page memoir last year for class, and the instructor returned it to me telling me to remove all of those words and I would see how the piece would change dramatically. It worked, but it’s so much easier to say “I had cake” as opposed to “I disgustingly devoured an entire cake”
As in, “My new job is going swimmingly.” I have no idea what that means. Good job? Bad job? Even if it is common knowledge this is my irrational list of hated words and I won’t back down.
3. “Pecking order”
I don’t know that I am in any place of any pecking orders, but if I am, take me off the list.
2. “Between you and me…”
I have a feeling that anyone who says this is hoping you rush out and spread the juicy tidbits that they just offered.
1. The final sentence of YOUR most previous blog post.
I am kidding, but I figured that I may have offended some with the first six and now I have offended you all.
Coming Tomorrow: an in depth look at puppies, the color pink, and other pleasantries.