I once received an email from a friend of mine who was plowing through a nasty divorce. In the body of her message (amidst the tirades against her soon-to-be ex-husband, relationships in general and lawyers in particular) she said something similar to this –
“When this is over, I’m heading to the beach to binge drink, lie in the sun, and exercise my demons.”
Sounded like she had enough troubles without sending her demons to the gym, where more than likely they’d just come home to roost, buffed up and meaner than ever.
Dark humor aside, we all know what she really meant. She wanted to “exorcise” those pesky imps.
Not exercise (physical movements or actions designed to make the body stronger and fitter); nor excise (to delete a part of something such as a text), but exorcise (to use prayers and religious rituals with the intention of ridding a person or place of the supposed presence or influence of evil spirits).
I know I’ve brow-beat this example, but I’m a grammar nerd. I have these peeves.
Case in point. I hate it when people say such-and-such is “____ in color”. “The car is red in color.” “Joe’s house was white in color.” “The blouse Peggy wore was blue in color.”
It’s red, dang it. Or white. Or blue. You wouldn’t say “Our flag is red, white and blue in color,” would you? Red or white or blue or some other hue is the color. You don’t need to prop it up. [Read more…]