I'm the opposite. Language is art - there's no "right" way to do it. When people nitpick my grammar, it always sounds to me like they're saying "but NO! Beethoven didn't use syncopation, so we can't either!"
That book has ruined what was once a nice descriptive word for the transition of night to day and day to night. :| I have a friend who has a working title for his book with the word in it. I'm glad it's just a working title. x.x
As a woman and a former grocery cashier I am So with you on this one - but I must point out Old men love to do this too, except they use odd little change holders that DoNot Want to release the coins - that or bills that smell of pee! I LOVED it when people would re-count the change 2 or 3 time just to be sure! Grrrrr!