Dear Annie: English pet peeves

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Dear Annie: I considered myself an average student after graduating high school in 1970, and I have been very successful in my 36-year career as an insurance investigator. I have dealt with a wide range of cultures. I feel I’m of average intelligence and probably below average in my English and grammar skills -- yet I find it amazing how most destroy the English language in everyday conversation. For instance, the use of the word “everybody.” I usually dismiss any statement beginning with “Everybody,” because about the only time that would apply is when saying that everybody has to b...

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