Jan 23, 2013

Things people say ... vol. 9

Oh, it makes me kind of nervous to write one of these posts when I think there might be some new people lurking around here. But when it comes down to it, I just have to do what I do.

So, if you're new, a few times a year, I get a bee in my bonnet to note a few things I've heard people say or seen people write that have driven me absolutely up a wall. As in, if there had been a wall in my immediate vicinity, I would LIT-TRELLY* have climbed right up it.

I do not name names, and it is not meant to be mean-spirited. And also in addition furthermore, I do not make it a regular practice to post a bunch of disclaimers before I get around to a post ... but I've had several comments from first-time commenters lately, and that makes me a little nervous.


1. "Far-rid" instead of "for-hehd." Nope. It's spelled the way it's supposed to be pronounced. Not sure how anyone can argue with this one, but then again, people insist on saying "arnj," too, which CLEARLY isn't how you should pronounce something spelled o-r-a-n-g-e.

2. "Assessories."  *sigh*  Pronouncing "accessories" as "assessories" makes an a** out of you and you. I watch some fashion-related reality shows, and unfortunately a whole bunch of "experts" on those shows mispronounce the word. Loss of times. In essry episode.

3. "As per usual." Well, HERE'S a break from tradition for you. This one isn't technically incorrect ... it just grates on my nerves anyway. It drives me nuts because it's redundant, with the "as" and the "per" both being part of the phrase. In my opinion, one should say "as usual" or "per usual," just to be more succinct. (And either of my suggestions are also judged correct, but "as per usual" is still recognized as acceptable, as well. Bummer.)

4. "Entitled vs. titled." THIS IS A BIGGIE. I mean, I hear and see this one at least once a week. Books and movies are titled. People are entitled to things. A book is not entitled The Grapes of Wrath. A movie is not entitled Anchorman. They are TITLED those things. My friend is entitled to collect $5,000 because she won a contest at work. A child believes he is entitled to dessert after every meal. My cat believes he is entitled to poop on the floor for ... SOME UNKNOWN REASON.

5. "You really wet my appetite." I have no words for this one. I read this sometime within the last week, and it nearly pushed me over the edge. I can't remember where I saw it, but all it WHETTED my appetite for was a washcloth to give myself a nice, long bath so I'd feel clean again. BLECH.

* LIT-TRELLY would totally be on the list, except that it hails from Parks & Rec, and nothing bad comes out of Parks & Rec. So, LIT-TRELLY gets a pass.

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