The use of the word “myself.” It makes me crazy when people say things like, “After the meeting, see Joe or myself for more information,” or “Jill and myself worked on the project.”
In the first example, it should be Joe and me, and in the second it should be Jill and I.
The general rule is that you use “myself” along with the word “I.” For example, “I will do it myself.”
I think there are all kinds of grammar terms like reflexive nouns, etc. to explain this by this is my everyday explanation. If you have comments, email me. (Not myself)
My son, Chad McDonnell, suggested this one, but I have had it in the back of my mind for some time too. (Great minds) It is the use of the word “literally.” Think of it as being synonymous with the word “actually.” It does not mean metaphorically or figuratively.
It is not correct, but I often hear, to say, “I literally laughed my head (or other body part) off. In addition, I don’t think anyone has literally died laughing, no matter what the circumstances.
I think I remember a skit on Saturday Night Live that poked fun at people who use these words wrong.
This one is prevalent in everyday conversations, on radio talk shows and on television. It is the use of the term “exact same.” This is REDUNDANT—something can’t be somewhat the same.
Just say, “The dress Buffy wore was the same as the one Muffy wore.” No “exact” needed thank you.
So, you have been warned. Do not use these phrases, especially around me.
4/21/09 I just read a blog post on the Writer’s Digest magazine (a great one for writers) blog about exact same. Brian Klems concurs about the term exact same.
8/31/09 Just heard someone on television say that “people LITERALLY came out of the woodwork.” Now that I would like to see.