I really enjoyed reading Terry Mackin's overused, useless words column in Sunday's BND Magazine.
1. iconic. I looked it up in several places including the Internet, and it seems the word means "pertaining to icons or pictures." (Unless I missed something.) Yet I see it used on TV and even in the BND to describe a person or place. Who started this?
2. 24/7. I think Jake said it best on "Two and a Half Men." He said "31." Can't they say "all the time?" The only thing I can think of that would fit 24 hours a day 7 days a week is breathing.
3. These are grammar problems and are samples of what I call the dumbing down of the English language:
* When someone says, for example, "for he and I." They would never say "for he" or "for I." They'd say, "for him and me," wouldn't they? Did they never learn that the objective case follows a preposition?
* Along with this is using a singular noun and a plural verb when there is a phrase or clause separating them. Example: "She, along with the rest of the class, were going someplace." No one would say "She were going someplace with the rest of the class."
Oh, well. I'm sure others have their own things that bug them.
Sharron A Lindsey