For some strange reason unknown to me I cannot tolerate the word GRINNED: or grin even though I can skim past other four letter words in a book and hardly notice. And as for Grinning, that should only be done by Cheshire cats.
I can be settled with a good book by a well known author and come across the word Grinned, usually the Prosecutor or Detective does the grinning, (as in- "zxzxzx", she grinned.)
First time I come across THE word I tell myself to move on and forget what you just read.
Second time, I become nervous and on full alert, my blood pressure rises, as does my heart rate, and there are health and safety issues.
Third time, if he/she have Grinned again, that's it. No matter how good the book is I slam it shut and would throw it across the room, but there are three reasons why I can't do this.
1- I might hit Charlotte or Emily and never be forgiven.
2- I might break a 'never to be found again in my lifetime royal treasure'
3 - As it's probably a library book I might do major damage and have to pay lots of dollars in compensation.
I can accept a Smirk a Chuckle even or a small smile but NOT A GRIN. All this happened to me again only two nights ago and as you can tell I'm still suffering and the offending book has now been returned unharmed to the library.
Gina, over at http://patrasotherplace.blogspot.com/ said she finds the word grammar awful and I think I agree and am sure there are other people who dislike certain words, as for me-I never grin, only smile...