Occasionally there are phrases and/or terms that make their way into conversational vogue among journalists and others that just rub me the wrong way.
Sometimes it’s because they’re pretentious, others because they’re factually wrong, and others because they’re just ignorant.
The one that’s been getting me lately is the use of “countless” as a shorthand for a large number. I usually grind my teeth because some dipshit will say “and countless people suffered X” or whatever, and I think “No, we can count that. I bet I could get an exact number in 5 minutes on Google.” Just because something is a large number doesn’t mean it’s countless. Countless literally means uncountable, because the number is unfathomably huge and/or it’s unable to be quantified. Saying that countless people have died of malaria is proper. Saying that countless people died because of the pandemic is NOT.
So what phrases/terms that people use grind your gears?