One of the most annoying assaults upon our language is the stupid misuse and overuse of the word "like." We're bombarded with: it's like, he's like, she's like, I'm like, they're all like. Cease fire, people!
He's like, "Blah, blah, blah." No way! He's not like blah, blah, blah. He said, "Blah, blah, blah." Get it? That's what he said, not what he's like.
Some folks misuse "like" several times in a paragraph. Some say it several times in a sentence. Some start almost every sentence with "like." Like, stop it, please! Thank you.
How about the overuse of "amazing" and "awesome"? The clout of each of those words has been diluted, diminished. Everything that used to be called good, really good, great, or fantastic, is now called amazing. If it's not amazing, it's awesome.
What will "American Idol" watchers do this coming season without Jennifer, who called every performance amazing?
Please don't tell me that something or someone is amazing or awesome, if it or she or he is not really amazing or awesome. Thanks much.
Here's one of my pet peeves – healthy versus healthful. I recently saw a food-magazine article titled: "Make your hot dog healthy." Oh, please, people! When is the last time you saw a hot dog knocking out some push-ups or whipping out some pull-ups?
Even if the title was "Make your hot dog healthful," which is what it should have been, it would ring wrong, because real hot dogs cannot be made to be healthful, and soy dogs or fake dogs are totally unsat.
We hear this kind of rhetoric a lot: Eat healthy foods, such as broccoli and blueberries. Once again, when was the last time you saw broccoli pumping out sit-ups? Never, right? And never once have you seen blueberries running a 10-kilometer race.
Let's get it right. We eat healthful foods, and we exercise, so we can have healthy bodies and benefit from being healthy. Keep that straight for me, OK? Thanks again.
What kind of assault on the English language boggles your mind or drives you crazy? Let me know, and we'll rant and rave about it. Like, it'll be awesome, and I'll be like: "That was amazing! Now, let's have some healthy broccoli." Just kidding.