I saw the phrase "meteoric rise" again today and it made me throw up in my mouth. Nothing goes down faster than a meteor. Nothing nothing nothing nothing can go DOWN faster, harder, or more spectacularly than a meteor. I don't get it. I will never get it. And before anyone pastes links claiming that the phrase refers to "something that comes out of nowhere," the etiology of the phrase is "meteor." Without the word meteor the phrase cannot exist. And meteors do not rise. Under no circumstances can a meteor rise. Nor can anything come down faster than a meteor. Anyone else have a least favorite word or phrase? Other than "literally," which is a perfectly good word provided the speaker/writer understands the definition.