Here are some of the things that annoy me in papers, presentations, etc., and that I’m apt to edit out or mark on manuscripts/papers I’m reviewing/grading:
- Comprise vs. compose
- Split infinitives
- Use of “they” as a singular, gender-neutral pronoun
- Use of the second person, just about ever
- Use of “natural” or “human nature” as (implicit or explicit) cause of outcomes
- Which vs. that
What are your pet peeves?