I am a raging optimist... glass half full... every cloud has a sliver lining... type of person, along those lines, one of my pet peeves is sweeping generalizations.
Here are some words that I don't really care for:
- Never - never, are you sure?
- Always - always, really? EVERY SINGLE TIME?
- Everyone - really, why is this the first time I'm hearing about it?
- Inconceivable - well, it must be, we're talking about it... or, from one of my favorite movies, The Princess Bride: "You keep using that word, I don't think it means what you think it means".
- Impossible - hmmm... nothing is impossible... that reminds me of something from Rules For Revolutionaries by Guy Kawasaki:
When engineers joined the incandescent lighting group of GE back in the 1930’s, the director of the division liked to play a joke on them. He assigned them the task of inventing a coating for light bulbs that would remove the hotspot in the current state of the art design. The joke was that this uniform glow bulb was "impossible" to create: Engineer after engineer tried and failed at this task. When each 'newbie' admitted failure and was told the task was impossible, the scene brought out laughter from the rest of the engineers. This was a wonderful initiation rite until around 1952, when a new engineer brought in his creation, screwed it in, turned it on, and asked the director if this was what he was looking for. Upon seeing the "impossible bulb", the director said, "Ah, yup. That’s it".
Any that you would like to add?