Paul Yeager is the author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever: Annoying Words and Abused Phrases You Should Never Use Again (Perigee), and he says words and phrases like irregardless, Im not one to complain, and snuck which isnt even an actual word are damaging the sanctity of our speech.
He says, When is the last time you heard someone says Im not one to complain, not followed by a list of complaints? Or how about I have a lot on my plate? Thats why theres an obesity problem in our country everyone has too much on their plate.
While Yeager isnt calling for old cliches to come back, he says they should at least be updated.
He says, Needle in a haystack, or Dont count your chickens before they hatch arent applicable anymore. It should be Dont count your tattoos before theyre dry.
Literally hits shelves today (May 6). For more info, check out languageandgrammar.wordpress.com.
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