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Errors in modern English that irk me the most:

♦ Reticent/reluctant. People say the former when they actually mean the latter. Unwillingness to do something is reluctance; unwillingness to speak is reticence.

♦ High tea. This phrase gets bandied about to denote an expensive afternoon tea. It is nothing but a marketing gimmick so that partakers feel less bad about being overcharged for small sandwiches and cakes served on a three-tiered tray. "High tea" is the long-form term for tea as in dinner, the evening meal. Afternoon tea is low because it is served on a low table. It has nothing to do with high class or high society. But if low-class people want to brag about how they enjoyed "high tea", then let them. Crumbs!