I googled “pet peeves” and got 1.2 million results. That’s a lot of peeves. Merriam-Webster traces the term back to “pevish” (Middle English, spiteful; first use circa 1530), while the Oxford English Dictionary links it to “perverse.” Either way, I think we can agree that it’s overused.
Other candidates for retirement:
- At the end of the day
- Change agent
- Leading (or, God forbid, bleeding) edge
- Open the kimono
- Paradigm shift
- Proven track record
- Push the envelope
- Ramp up
Which terms set your teeth on edge?