Oh good, another chance to groan about misused words!
DISCONNECT -- There used to be a "gap" between rich and poor, for example. Now there is a disconnect.
PERSONAL -- It started with Personal Computer, one suitable for use by an individual rather than a group. Now you can buy "personal suppositories". One shudders to think of the alternative.
PERSONAL (2) -- As in "up close and personal". Every TV interview is up close and personal.
INTERESTINGLY -- The thought introduced by this pseudo- adverb is always less than interesting.
Here are a few more cliches that will make you grind your teeth. At the present juncture ... even as we speak ... in harm's way ... rush to judgment ... dare to compare ... if you will.
I wonder what irks us about this kind of thing. Can it be that we who have taken the trouble to study our beautiful language are living on beans, while TV "personalities" are earning $1000 per minute with their moronic drivel?
== Johnny in Oklahoma City
By the way, Mbo, your "Hooked on Ebonics" remark was REALLY FUNNY - Thanks!