Just been reminded of another classic howler, thanks to the Daily Mail's comments section - misuse of 'literally', as in:
The world is literally your oyster
U2 literally blew the roof off the stadium
He literally charmed the pants off everyone
I was literally out of my mind with worry
The cars were literally flying down the road
This is justifiable homicide.
Yep, that's a classic.
Former footballers posing as experts during half-time analysis of matches are the worst by far. Examples of attrocities that I have heard perpetrated:
"United have literally thrown the kitchen sink at them in that half." (There's a red card offence then if ever I saw one.)
"Yeah, they've done great, to be fair." (Why does everything need to be qualified with 'to be fair'? Why use 'great' instead of 'well'? Why use 'done' like that?).
"He's got his head on it and the keeper has made a great save." (I may be wrong, but isn't that all present tense? Shouldn't they be saying "the keeper made a great save?").
Winds me up no end.
Come the revolution, grammar abusers will be first against the wall.
Along with Tories.