#1: People who say they're going to go 'research' something, by which they mean use Google or possibly read abstracts BUT without any of the background necessary to distinguish between JAMA and the Journal of East Indian Natural Herbal Biological Remedies. On average, people with no scientific training know nothing about science and research,* so they will read an assortment of blog posts and conclude that all Category C medications MUST NOT be taken in pregnancy! Well, I feel they're as qualified to do a literature review as *I* am to referee a paper on epistemology.
(Note to the reader: I have to look up what epistemology means every time. In my head it's something to do with letters. Yes, I know, that's epistolary. Same with hermeneutics: I know it has a meaning but my brain doesn't store it.)
What's your pet peeve this week?
* Some do, of course! But not everyone with a college degree knows the difference between data from Motherisk and data from, say, Andrew Wakefield.