Over-familiarity and abbreviation really annoy people

Fans of this column, if that’s not an oxymoron, will know that last week I decided to start the New Year finding out from people All The Words That Annoy, writes Colm O'Regan

Last week we plunged into the murky world of ‘moist’, ‘gusset’ and ‘discharge’ (punctuation extremely important here.) Now we look at the other categories that get goats.

Over-familiarity and abbreviation seems to be a problem. I have only recently agreed to be addressed as ‘man’ following a protracted legal battle, but there are only so many fights you can fight.

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