Pet Peeves? Everybody's got them. When it comes to writing, here are two:

The New York Times starts today's story on cable news ratings like so: "April proved a cruel month for MSNBC. . ." a hat tip to T.S. Eliot and The Waste Land. Which would be nice and literary and all, if it were't so hackneyed. At least the month is almost over.

But probably the most overused literary allusion is to the opening lines of Shakespeare's Richard III: "Now is the winter of our discontent . . ." Sadly, it's always one season or another. Use it at your peril.

What are yours?