Greg Wait has multiple irritations, probably the direct result of watching
too many local TV newscasts:
One phrase that always bothered me is, “Pouring down rain,” as in, “It was pouring down rain all week.” As opposed to
what? Molasses? Sprite?
A distinction of language that many journalists seem to miss is
the difference between “less” and “fewer.”
More and more the word “less” is being used in instances
where “fewer” is appropriate. The difference is simple —
if you want less traffic, you need fewer cars.
And please, would everyone stop “giving 110%?”
It’s mathematically impossible, and you’re making the rest of us look
bad. 100% will be just fine.
“In conclusion,” don’t tell me you’re finished,
just stop talking or writing. I’ll figure it out. And no more “wrapping
it up,” as in, “That just about wraps it up.”
If I hear that one more time, I’m going to drive down to the local
station and rap someone upside of his head.