I’d call it a pet peeve, but both pet and peeve sound kinda cute, and what I’m about to explain represents more of a junkyard abhorrence; it’s got a spike collar and a low growl in the throat whenever the subject walks by.
I hate “so-called.”
Any time a writer, particularly a
professional paid writer or journalist throws this amalgamation into a serious news article or essay, I question the credibility or maturity of the writer. No, I want to punch the johnker right in his or her stunted vocabulary.
So-called is alleged with a sneer, with a sense of condescension that intimates that we, meaning the liberally-educated author and his or her intelligent readership, understand the facade of the following noun for what it is, a cheap manipulation of truth built by the Orwellian right-wing/administration/conservative/techno/military/industrial/business/ (breath) /capitalist/Christian/Zionist/Machiavellian/fascist complex/conspiracy.
Get a thesaurus, pinheads, and leave the so-calling to the adolescents.