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Discussion in 'Evolution of Language' started by Sheldon Scott, Mar 31, 2015.
Yum Krissttina, who cares how they're spelled if they look as good as those!
I was listening to the radio yesterday and there was an otherwise very articulate woman who answered almost every question by saying, "Yeah,no..." Where on earth did this bizarre habit come from? I've noticed quite a few people doing this.
I catch myself doing this once in a while - don't know where I acquired the habit.
hors d'oeuvres ~~ or even appetizers = all big words for little sandwiches..
Bad English has its uses; I had a boss who came out with all sorts of rubbish, mangling words, mixing metaphors and generally giving the language such a severe kicking that it ran away screaming. All of this provided me with endless material for my novel. The only problem I had was making sure my proofreader knew that all the mistakes were those of my character and not me.
I've noticed lately that many of the younger people on television shows or being interviewed, whether in real life or on the news, will start sentences with, "I mean", then a pause, and it drives me crazy. Not that I don't have my own bad habits, I have plenty of them, but I wish they'd vary it up a bit, because they sound like robots.
I haven't noticed the "I mean" yet... but I can't listen to someone talking where "like" is every third word. Like I can't like stand that and it like really gets under my skin. Years ago, I remember when it was "ya know?"
As in the the Fox News person Rita Cosby, who was describing a Little League baseball player with this phase: "He literally blew the spectators away!"
That earned her a letter, cc'd to Roger Ailes and Rupert Murdoch with a lesson about the meaning of the word "literally" and what it would look like if the child "literally" blew the spectators away.
Oh, @Michelle Anderson ... yes! I get such a kick out of that when I hear it! Things like "I literally tasted that a hundred years ago when I was a kid"... uh, really?!
One that still makes me shudder is the commentator who described the Dutch footballer Arjen Robben as being "literally on fire." Ouch.
I liked that one so much that I pinched it to use in my novel.
I dislike it when people say "I seen" instead of "I saw".
And theirselves instead of themselves.
The response "I'm good," in reply to a general question about how well one is keeping always makes me want to say, "That is for other people to decide."
That reminds me of one of my late father's favorites- he'd often say "Same difference."
I agree with you on that.
I also dislike the excuse for risky/foolish behavior "You only live once." But I found a good comeback to that: "You only die once, too."
When I'm talking to people I know, I say, "I'm good" because, Shug, I AM good. When I'm talking to prim and proper people , I say, "I am well, thank you. I hope you are also."
@Tom Locke could she have been saying "ya know"? Very common filler phrase, but annoying.
"Unbelievable". When someone says that after a remark or statement is made, It's as if they are calling the person who made the remark a liar.
Love this thread - so many funny responses
Agree so much with the opening post too
I tend to write how I speak, I can't suddenly be someone I'm not to fit in
I don't class meself as 'common' - but a 'natural' cockney
Common speak - well it makes me teeth itch .......................
I hear that on news reports all the time. If they don't even believe it, why are they reporting it?