Word usage - Pet peeves
Do you have any pet peeves where words or their incorrect use are used? Even if not incorrect, what about those over-used, trendy words?
I have a few. One is judgmental. Everyone says, "Oh she's so judgmental!" It's said with disdain, assuming there's something very wrong with being judgmental. What is wrong with being judgmental? Of course, coming to a judgment without having any facts or a few view points to look at is jumping to conclusions and skipping over the normal course to come to a logical judgment. But being judgmental in itself, I find nothing whatsoever wrong with it.
judgment - Definition from the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
Main Entry: judg·ment
Variant(s): or judge·ment \***712;j***601;j-m***601;nt\
Date: 13th century
1 a : a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion b : an opinion so pronounced
2 a : a formal decision given by a court b (1) : an obligation (as a debt) created by the decree of a court (2) : a certificate evidencing such a decree
3 a capitalized : the final judging of humankind by God b : a divine sentence or decision; specifically : a calamity held to be sent by God
4 a : the process of forming an opinion or evaluation by discerning and comparing b : an opinion or estimate so formed
5 a : the capacity for judging : discernment b : the exercise of this capacity
6 : a proposition stating something believed or asserted
synonyms see sense
Another pet peeve of mine is the over-use of the word, absolutely. It is used so much by people when they mean simply, "yes." Someone asks them a question and they say, automatically, without thought as to it's exact meaning, whether it is or isn't, "absolutely." Is everything that one says, "yes" to, absolute? LOL. I guess it could be.
without exception; completely; wholly; entirely: You are absolutely right.
2. positively; certainly.
3. (of a transitive verb) without an object.
–interjection 4. (used emphatically to express complete agreement or unqualified assent): Do you think it will work? Absolutely!
1525–35; absolute + -ly
1. totally, unqualifiedly. 2. unquestionably, unequivocally, definitely.
Of course, it's all rubbed off on me, so I have found myself using both of those words incorrectly or too much.
"If you love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." -- Samuel Adams 1776
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."