This is a quickie, but I have a huge pet-peeve with people who misuse words and language.
I physically want to claw my eardrums out whenever I hear people use the words irregardless or orientate – yes, they’re recognized on dictionary.com as “slang versions” of regardless or orient, but it doesn’t mean it’s correct or grammatically sound to use them. (Yes, there are probably spelling mistakes galore on these pages… that’s not the issue here.)
Or people who fuck up on cliches. I know someone who consistently said “You can’t know the good with the bad” (instead of without the bad) – the way she said it doesn’t even make sense! Do people even consider the words coming out of their mouths? Sometimes I wonder.
Anyway, it should come as no surprise then, that when I was talking to a potential date on the phone, and he used the word “symbiotic” thinking it was a synonym for “symbolic,” well I just wrote him off entirely then and there.
I suppose I could’ve corrected him, but I think he understood that my sudden remark of “well, I’m really busy now until after the holidays” is a synonym for “while you probably have no idea what you said wrong, I’m no longer interested.”