Woman's World magazine drives me insane with the use of certain words...they are perfectly normal words and do not bother me except when used within the magazine (which I buy on occasion because I cannot always resist articles promising me "easy ways to be happy"). Among the phrases/words that send me running for a drink and some dark chocolate:
1) Instead of (fattening item) enjoy (woefully small amount of item that is no where near as good as fattening item). Example "Instead of having a scoop of red velvet ice cream, enjoy four ounces of plain greek yogurt with sliced strawberries." Plain Greek yogurt with strawberries may be good, but if what I want is B&JU's Red Velvet Ice Cream, I am NOT going to "enjoy" that yogurt.
2) This also goes for the word "sip". Instead of a can of Diet Cola, sip ice water with mint and limes steeped in it." or "Sip green tea"
3) "Easy Ways to Stretch Your Budget" "Easy ways to Fall Asleep" "Easy" followed by just about anything that is followed by ideas that you have been trying your whole life and are not just difficult, they mostly never work.
4) "You see". Used in the short romantic fiction (I remember a time when Woman's World had three or four page short stories that were often a great deal of fun to read. Now it's like reading a dear diary insert". Anyway, the person writing/telling the story(be it fiction or nonfiction) will relate a lengthy episode at the beginning and then back up and start off with "You see, we had been having financial difficulties...." or whater... In fiction if yu are usuing that phrase you are telling rather than showing your audience. In nonfiction, you shouldn't have to address the reader in that way because you shouldn't have been starting out with a teaser scene anyway. In either cae, those two words are like nails on a blackboard and usually signal lazy writing to me.
And yet I will suddenly decide I need to read something and fork over my two dollars to read articles which feature all my least favorite words and phrases a dozen times. It could be a drinking game for readers.