Most forums have a "things you hate" type thread but I think that hate is far too strong a word to be bandied about so loosely. There are probably very few things or people that any of us really, truly hate. So I've started this for the silly little things that annoy people.
I shall start off with - People on social networking sites who seem to think that "hun" is a legitimate contraction of "honey" for some reason, and insist in addressing me by that senseless sobriquet.
1. - It's yet another blatant Americanism that has seeped into our language through the back-door, so to speak. 2. - The ne'er-do-wells who propagate this language laziness do not seem to understand when I explain that I'm not a bloody Boche, nor am I related to a bloke named Atilla.
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When you buy a new pair of boots that fit lovely in the shop, are expensive and supposedly 'the best boots ever and so comfortable' according to the 'experts'. after an hour they hurt like hell and after weeks and weeks just will not break in anymore so you say sod this i'll have to get some different ones. Then someone tells you, you need to break them in. Of course you bloody do, do you think I don't know this?
People on social networks who use the terms 'sick' and 'dope' to mean something good.
I wonder about this one. I am a bit of Stephen Fry on this issue. Language evolves. I am blessed (or afflicted) with 4 children in aggregate who have only recently left their teens, and have a fair few "feel like / sound like my own father" moments - especially over modern language. I try to remember that the English language wasn't permanently perfected for all time at Dartford grammar school in 1945, as I was brought up to believe. I struggle with "like" - but keep telling myself to "man up"
Sick seems so wrong. Why would that signify something good? Surely that should be "wicked" (which obviously signifies something "well good")
And language needs context - social and historical. Jesus was allegedly "skilled at the plane and the lathe". I wonder where exactly he qualified as an airline pilot...
What is happening to our language? (Or should that be "what happens to our language"? as it would have been before the 19th century introduced the continuous present tense to English?) What thinkest thou?
If you can see the clothes, then the Emperor is wearing them and not naked. That doesnt mean they would keep me warm if I wore them. Friend of Arthur K of Funk. Ex Pink Triangle MD (long ago)
I am not even tainted by working in a school, I have always pushed to maintain standards of English, especially with grammar but also in the correct use of words. Call me old fashioned, by all means, but when someone on Facebook calls my car 'sick' I'm bound to correct them because it runs just fine!!
My personal dislike is the false construct 'should of'. I even catch staff at it!
I've got no problem with language evolving, although I would suggest that the examples quoted above, and many more in daily (mis)use, do in fact signify the devolution of language rather than its evolution. What really grinds my gears is laziness of speech, and the constant use of "like" and "y'know" as verbal punctuation. We don't read a "comma" or a "full-stop" as words in literature when they are used as punctuation and you certainly wouldn't say...
The comma is a punctuation mark that appears in several variants in various languagesFULL STOP It has the same shape as an apostropheCOMMA or single closing quotation mark in many typefacesCOMMA but it differs from them in being placed on the baseline of the textFULL STOP
Now meet poet Taylor Mali.
I didn't used to need the internet, my wife knew everything.
People that always put you down on Forums. Probably the main reason i give it all up & threw the towel in.
That is because there are lots of keyboard warriors out their Andr'e. It's the same across all forms of social media and drives me up the wall. Why can't someone have an opinion that differs from someone else, without them being trampled on?
I found this on PFM when I dared to say that Naim equipment wasn't as good as lots of people make it out to be, the backlash I got was unbelievable!