The silica beads that come in a thousand different products to absorb moisture are all plainly labelled "do not eat"."Don't try this at home." There was a time when kids instinctively knew that it would be stupid to try and do the things depicted in cartoons.
It seems that no matter how impossible it would be to copy, a disclaimer has to accompany it for fear of litigation.
View attachment 190997
I used to amaze the kids by eating those cornstarch packing peanuts for laughs, but even I draw the line at silica gel. The packing peanuts are actually pretty good, especially if you sprinkle them with powdered cheese. Low-rent Cheetos!
Here's an annoying phrase that grinds me whenever I hear someone who's trying to sound more educated, smarter, or more sophisticated than an objective judgement would suggest. (Drum roll, please) "indicate"!
From Latin indicatus, past participle of indicāre (“to point out, indicate”), from in (“in, to”) + dicāre (“to declare, originally to point”)
"Last week you indicated ..." No, I did not indicate, I said, or I mimed, or I wrote, or I expressed through an interpretive dance, but I did not indicate unless I pointed toward it.
I can see using "indicate" as a shorthand way of saying "call your attention to" or "point out." "Our records call your attention to thus and so," "Our records point out this and that."
Just don't get me started on all the things I hear that annoy me! My current hate is often heard by news reporters on the TV and they should know better. Suddenly every surface under your feet has become a floor. If someone is hit by a speeding car they're left laying "on the floor" Athletes that fall over are "on the floor" Single descriptive words such as road, grass, pavement, ground and such like have all become "floor" Am I but a voice that calls in the wilderness?