Recently, it seems, both puzzles have had a thing for the word "Elk." This is fine with me, but so many times the clue is for multiple examples of the animal, plural in otherwords... and there are four spaces that require filling. Obvious answer would be "Elks," but I've always understood that the plural of "elk" is "elk." Just like there is one "moose," or seventy-five "moose." To my brain, it's "Elks" only if talking about the Lodge with the same name. Just one of those things that irks me to some degree... not saying I'm right, but relying as much as anything on memory and the way I've always heard (and used) it.
Likewise, I've spend most of my life hearing and probably using the word "towards." When I had my first book edited, all instances in which I'd used "towards" were changed to "toward." I complied, thinking I'd made a grammatical, usage, or spelling error. (I did leave it at one point where it was part of a quote and I figured that individual might not be well schooled in proper speech.) Later I learned that "towards" vs. "toward" was a US vs UK situation, much the same as "color" or "honor" vs "colour" and "honour." Wish I'd known that back when I was going through the edits.... I would have left it as "towards," primarily because that's how I heard (and hear) it in my mind.
Additonally there seem to be words and phrases used today that just don't set right with me. I get tired of people saying they are "gifting" something. Shouldn't they be "giving?" or "presenting?" or.... "gave" vs. "gifted?" I also get annoyed when someone "disrespects" somebody. Seems to me that one would show disrespect, or act with disrespect towards another. (See, I naturally used "towards" without even thinking of it.)
Reading wise, I'm about 2/3s the way through Arthur Conan Doyle's Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
Coco at his puppy training graduation a week or so ago.