Catching up on old blog reading, then, I discovered that I'm not alone in my hatred for the word "societal" (as opposed to "social"). Stop using it!
Other things that are societally unacceptable:
- Stop utilizing things. Use them.
- Don't cease and desist. Either cease or desist.
- Don't exist in this day and age. Existing either in the day or the age is sufficient.
- If you are praying, don't ask God to "just" perform one miracle, then immediately ask Him to "just" perform another. If I were a god, multiple requests combined with "just" would lead to lightning bolts.
- Nothing is "very unique." There cannot be different degrees of unique-ness.
- "Obviously" needs to be followed by something obvious -- and then you had better be able to justify wasting my time by pointing out the obvious, or obviously I may have to punch you in the face.
- Literally killing me by using the word "literally" to mean "figuratively" (ah, the "literally" rant. An old favorite...)
- Don't say something is easy by comparing it to rocket science. Of all the hard things in life I could tackle, rocket science doesn't appear particularly challenging. I mean, it's not like it's theology, learning a foreign language, or teaching a dog not to jump up on the couch -- those things are hard.
- Don't ask me if I have a "smoking preference," unless you are inquiring about my brand.
- Until someone manages to improve something without changing it, "new" is already implied in "new and improved."
- Don't bother telling us that something is "In my opinion" unless you have a habit of otherwise giving the opinions of others.
- Don't criticize someone for having a "mentality." Only the unconscious have no mentality.
- "The fact that" had better be followed by a fact, or else the fact that you are trying to pass off your unsupportable opinions as facts will be obvious to everyone with any kind of mentality.