Items which make me cringe when I hear or read them-
1. The suffix “gate” appended to any word used to identify the latest scandal as reported in the media. (e.g. Iran-Contragate) There seems to be an ongoing habit of using this term and I’m tired of it. There was one and only one “gate” scandal and it was ‘Watergate’, anything else doesn’t qualify so think of a name without borrowing one that has no meaning in the present context. (blathering idiots in the media should know better)
2. Any advertisement over the years that claim “the (such & such vehicle) is the best selling car in America!”. Well of course it is! But do you know why? It happens to be the cheapest, therefore more people can afford them, therefore more are sold. Just say “least expensive” and be done with it. Yes the Ford Escort during its time was rated as such but it was still a piece of CHEAP junk that people bought because that’s all they could afford.
3. “irregardless” Hoo boy, where to start with this one? Hmmm. Oh I know – IT’S NOT A REAL FRIGGIN’ WORD!#*! The proper word is – regardless.
This from dictionary.com-
Usage Note: Irregardless is a word that many mistakenly believe to be correct usage in formal style, when in fact it is used chiefly in nonstandard speech or casual writing. Coined in the United States in the early 20th century, it has met with a blizzard of condemnation for being an improper yoking of irrespective and regardless and for the logical absurdity of combining the negative ir- prefix and -less suffix in a single term. Although one might reasonably argue that it is no different from words with redundant affixes like debone and unravel, it has been considered a blunder for decades and will probably continue to be so.
I particularly like the part about “blunder”. OK, now I feel better. More pet peeves to follow as I encounter them.