Every so often I'll post one of these, starting below.
English Usage that Annoys Me for Monday, July 11, 2011
There's a tendency among professionals to use the word "same" in a particular way that annoys me. Example:
"I will draft the document and expect you to sign same."
I would replace the word "same" with the word "it."
"I will draft the document and expect you to sign it."
"Same" just seems like an unnecessary and awkward phrasing of something that can easily be expressed by the use of a pronoun.
It's not wrong, per se, but it is annoying.
I don't get a lot of comments on Sinister, but I know at least a few of you are reading same (see what I did there?), so please comment below. What's a grammar or language usage thing that annoys you?