Category Archives: Things That Bug Me

Accuracy Pet Peeve of the Day: You Can’t Give 110 Percent

Okay, seriously people.  One hundred percent means the whole thing.  Everything.  All of it.  Nothing left.

If you are asking for someone to give 110 percent, you are asking something mathematically impossible.

(Well, maybe you could use it as a description of what happens when people juice up on drugs.  “Use steroids!  They’ll give you 110 percent of your normal human ability!”  But that means if you are asking for 110 percent, you are asking your employees / students / fitness trainees to use drugs.)

A friend of mine told me that because I snark about this every time I hear it, I have successfully ruined an entire set of fitness videos for her.  To which I say: You’re welcome.  Sometimes we must sacrifice blithe entertainment for proper mathematics.  It’s the right thing to do.

Language Pet Peeve of the Day: Bemuse

It does not mean what you think it means.

People always seem to use “bemused” to mean, “slightly amused, sometimes in a curious and/or eye-rolly way.”  But that’s not what it means.  It means “confused” or “preoccupied.”  Bewildered.  Dazed.

Here are the reasons I am particularly peeved about “bemused” today:

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