Hopelessly hopeful – 2009-09-03 7:34 PM A pet peeve of mine is the misuse of “your” and “you’re.” But if you want to know what annoys me about someone’s personal style, I’d have to say that I hate the use of “then” when listing off a sequence of actions. I.E. “this happened, then he did this, then this.” To me, it seems like nothing more or less than author intrusion when they use that word.
Author intrusion is when a story screeches to a halt to explain something. It is like a commercial announcement. And I don’t just mean the beginner mistake of explaining rather than telling the story. Sometimes it isn’t so obvious (but still annoying), like “She ran to the kitchen where she spent the morning using the butcher knife to cut up the roast,” and I think, “Oh, how convenient!” Then, by itself, does not bother me so much.