Except

I hate the context in which most people use this word.

Example: Your mother has been great to you, except for that time when she was doing coke.

What? Can you really say that? I don't think an except works in this situation.

I mean, there is no "except" to that.

You can't say "Things are good, except when they are bad." much like you can't say "Black is black, except when it is white."

I don't know. I guess it just frustrates me when people say things that just don't make any fucking sense.