In an ode to Valentine's Day, I would like to write about a single word that can peeve me out on any day. The word is "sexy." It just gives me the heeby-jeeby's.
The main reason that this word registers as a pet peeve is over usage. By definition, sexy means "Arousing or tending to arouse sexual desire or interest." So, we can surmise, it has to do with sex. Knowing this - how, I ask you, can it be applied as a description of paint (see this month's cover of House Beautiful), food (see goat cheesed stuffed figs in Food and Wine), cars (Cadillac uses this one), or a Valentine's Day bouquet (as a floral shop employee, I can promise you that people actually ask for this).
Is there anyone that gets ready for lovin' by checking out paint samples? getting a whiff of someones goat cheese breath after a stuffed fig? putting the old Cadillac Cimarron into gear?
And can someone please define for me what a "sexy" flower arrangement is (as opposed to the unsexy ones I'm used to whipping out?) "Sexy" has been permanently tainted by over usage for me. I find it the verbal equivalent of granny panties.