Today I was on a two hour conference call about stock photography. The guy doing most of the talking pronounced the word “picture” as if he were discribing the person who puts the ball into play in a baseball game, or perhaps something you would pour milk from. I think that, for me, is the most irritating affront to the English language there is. It’s like nails on a chalk board. And I think he said it at least a couple of hundred times in the two hours.