Shall I tell you what ELSE annoys me? The word ‘obvious’. It looks innocuous in itself, but hides a wealth of smug, know-all, if-I- get-more-full-of-myself-I’ll-burst patronization I am yet to encounter in any other word.
Why are you angry with me?
I think it should be obvious.
(If I’m asking you it’s not obvious. And there’s no need to torture me further, because really I care enough to ask you and you should be happy about that.)
What does the word ‘equity’ mean?
I can’t believe you asked such an obvious question.
(I’m sorry, were you born with that knowledge or did someone tell you, you pompous git??? Now quit wasting my time being snotty, and just tell me.)
Is the earth flat and does the sun go ‘round it?
Zounds! Thy asketh the most obvious queries!
(I rest my case.)