Don't have a problem with "hence" but I don't like it when people use tautologies such as "from whence he came", which literally translated means "from from where he came" because "whence" actually means "from where".
When I hear someone public speaker and they use the word "totally," I want to scream - how about "ummmm" - sometimes I try and count how many times a person uses ummm in a 30 second interview on the television.
People in Britain like to say 'excuse me' in the most annoying tones, usually used when approaching someone who just jumped the cue or something like that. But generally I hate the word 'Cluster' it just has a way of making me picture the most horrid things.
I've also been hearing people say things like "OMG that's so EPIC." No, it wasn't, or else we'd still be watching it, or listening to it, or something. Or, "Oh man, that was so BEAST!" No, it wasn't, or we'd be dead.
I cannot STAND the "Internet" language. My little brother writes things like "pwned" and then tries to actually say them. Grrr. What IS that!?? A typo that became okay!
I dislike 'biz-speak'. Terms like "going forward", "at the end of the day", "growing your business" etc.
Also (and I apologize to anyone who's lost loved ones due to some awful circumstance), the use of the word 'closure'. It was a term coined by the media, but seems to have caught on in spite of that fact.
Speaking of biz-speak, we are doing a lot of "reaching out" at my firm these days. My assistant doesn't call someone for me anymore, she doesn't ask anyone either... instead she now reaches out to them.
"I know where you are coming from" when delivered by someone who has no idea can drive me crazy or better still from someone who has the completely wrong idea and are passionately your friend though they aren't really because you are not the person they imagine you to be. I also hate it when you have someone keen on defending your rights when they are not really your rights at all they want to defend.
Nice bit of art. Fun. You must be from Oz. I am too though I don't know what the problem is with sheila. I once knew a woman from India who seemed to object to sheila on cultural/ sexist grounds but she never really explained the problem.
for me mega1 you know? is similar to like a....There are a lot of teens and twenties in the Y generation that whack in like a in every second sentence. When my nieces do it I call them the lika-lika girls.
Shane became a popular first or Christian name in Oz soon after the movie western came out. If a person whose name was Shane was shanful then they would be full of Shane which would make them complete.
I like to read/hear/use traditional English but add in a few not-so-traditional words only here and there, to lighten things up. As long as no, one, person over-uses anything I'm fine with most things...
except, for "no brainer", which makes me want to kill whoever uses it!! It seemed to reach it's over-use height and popularity in the eighties, with some people not knowing enough to let it die the death of any over-used, not-so-clever, phrase/word. It needs to go away forever!!!!