Thursday, December 16, 2010
WORDS THAT ARE OUT OF WHACK
I saw on the news today that the most annoying word/phrase was determined to be: "Whatever." Well, it is a bit annoying, but trust me there are more culprits out there. I will give you my top pet peeve words/phrases and I would love to hear about the ones that cause your eyes to squint and your neck muscles tense.
When someone has done something for me, I acknowledge the act with either, "Thank you," or "Thank you, very much." When I express my appreciation, I expect a simple, "You're welcome" not what I usually hear. What a waiter says when I thank them for delivering my water, food, etc. is, "No problem." Really, paying customers are a problem and now I know that your service to me is not a problem. I thought that a server's job was to serve and me thanking was a courtesy. This "No problem" response to a thank you is not restricted to service personnel, though. In fact today I was in a locally owned stored and wouldn't you know, when I said, "Thank you" the sales person said, "No, problem." Yes, she did smile, but that smile was over shadowed by the irritating phrase. There are even some people in my life who say that phrase to my expression of appreciation. What might happen is that I will stop thanking them for anything and see how much a problem that is.
Some people cannot speak without using the word, "like" and I don't mean for expressing fondness for something. People who pepper their speech with "like" make my eyes glaze over very quickly. I lose interest and what's funny is that usually they are unaware that I've stopped listening.
A phrase came into being a few years ago and it ranks right up there with words that could disappear and our collective IQ scores would increase dramatically. "My baby's daddy" is a phrase that makes me flinch, because too many people find that a normal state of being. What happened to "husband" or even
"ex-husband," if the marriage didn't work out? How is it okay to have guys out there with numerous girls having their babies? What happened to commitment? What happened to devotion? Heck, what happened to birth control, if the girls can't control their primal instincts? If the girls would even say, "My boyfriend" I wouldn't cringe as much.
There is one final word that some people use and it isn't even a word. I even had a "superior" who would use this word on a daily basis. He would get on the loud speaker and announce, "Quit conversating in the hallways." Hey, Smarty, there's no such word as conversating. Conversing is what he wanted to say, but he continued to slur the King's English on a daily basis. What's really sad is that I hear this "conversating" on television, in public places and throughout my day. I try not to correct the person (don't much like the dirty stares or threats of bodily harm when people take offense to my innocent verbal redirection.) A little side note here, the spell check just went crazy with my typing "conversating."
I'll be interested in your words/phrases that make your teeth hurt, you shoulders bunch up, or just irritate the heck out of you.