PEEVES by JJ ››
Newswriting bad habit #1: The phrase "At a time when..."
found in a significant percentage of New York Times articles.
When the most boring and phenomenally talkative coworker shows up at the lunch table and utterly destroys your one moment of peace.
I've got 20 minutes, a plate of steaming homemade lasagna and the newspaper. Then, you-know-who sits down across from me and asks if I've ever heard of [fill in anything obvious], doesn't wait for a response and launches into a neverending spiral of chatter and doom.