Monday, June 18, 2001
More bothersome buzzwords
We had too many bothersome buzzwords and linguistic pet peeves to put in one story, so here are a few more, e-mailed to us by Enquirer readers:
"Get" pronounced as though it rhymes with "pit" and "Acrost" - He went acrost (across) the road.
Cass Weisman, Cincinnati
I have many pet peeves, which doubtless would make young people roll their eyes, but one phrase in particular actually subverts communication and I have yet to hear an objection raised. It is the use of the expression "the fact" to convey the exact opposite. The speaker is usually in the heat of argument and is hoping to discredit whatever elaboration he attaches to the phrase.
He makes himself ridiculous by failing to select and appropriate word such as hypothesis, allegation, theory, assertion, and produces and oxymoronic statement such as "I deny the fact that..." If
something is acknowledged as fact, how can a rational person then proceed to deny or dispute it?
S.A. Lawler, Cincinnati
The failure to use a possessive before a gerund. Example:
Wrong: I appreciate you coming.
Correct: I appreciate your coming.
Myrl B. Chetwood, Hamilton.
I have no ideal (instead of idea).
"You've got that right" (So overused. They just can't be creative and must use that over and over)
"Is that your final answer?'" (Again no creativity)
"Get serious, you phoney." (What does this mean? That the speaker is superior over everyone else?)
"(Any team name here) are in like Flynn.'" (The observers overconfidence that the team mentioned is going to win. 9 times out of 10 they lose)
Daniel Risch, Newport.
1)"hot water heater" - why do you need to heat hot water? it's "water heater."
2) ending a sentence with "at" (as in: Where is it at?) - don't be redundant... say: Where is it?
3)"supposebly" - say "supposedly"... there's no "b" in it, okay?
4)"mute" - wrong pronunciation if you mean "moot"... the point is moot (not mute!)
Steve Roberts, Cincinnati.
IMPACTED -- unless you're talking about wisdom teeth!
IN SPITE OF used instead of "despite."
Janis Keating, Cincinnati.
Someone who says "Ya know, ya know, ya know" in the middle and end of a sentence. You really don't know, of course double negatives.
Carolyn Abravaya, Finneytown
1. When did a lot become one word (alot) instead of two?
2. What exactly is "acting out?" Is this a fancy word for being a nasty little punk kid?
Anne Wessinger, Miami Twp.
People have children, goats have "kids." People come in groups, grapes and bananas come in bunches.
Francis H. Scholle, Cincinnati.
"Titanic struggle." Marty Brennaman says it too much.
Barbara Nightingale, Cincinnati.
The one expression that really sets my teeth on edge? "BEEN THERE, DONE THAT!!!"
There are two items that are irritating when it comes to teaching seventh graders or just life
in general. Yes, it is difficult to keep up with their lingo, but students are constantly using the word "stuff" to name items around them. Stuff has no definition and is very vague. Students use it all the time,
and it has become quite a joke within my school how much I dislike this word!
The other language bit I hear quite frequently is the phrase "I seen." This is used improperly all over the place and is grammatically wrong! Even my students have been caught using this incorrectly!
My pet peeve is using "waiting on" when the speaker really means waiting for. I remember my fourth grade English teacher saying, "If you are waiting on me, you are bringing me food and beverage, you are not waiting for me to arrive."
My other pet peeve may be correct English, but it always sounds awkward to me. It is the current fashion of using "an" before a word beginning with h. "An historic event" sounds awful and leads us to the truly unappealing "an hippopotamus" or "an history book."
Joann Felczan, Cincinnati
I'd like to (congratulate you, thank you, introduce you, etc. ). Why not just do it? (Congratulations, Thank you, please, welcome, etc.)
Chuck Conant, Cincinnati
The following phrase really irks me, although they are not actually "buzzwords:" "very unique'."
I've heard news anchors and others who should know better say this. Its' like saying someone is "very pregnant." Either something is unique or it's' not! There's no such thing as "very unique."
Amy Elsaesser, Cincinnati
1. Awesome 2.Ruckus 3.Groovy 4.If you will 5. In other words 6. Finalize or personalize 7. Brainstorm.
Emalene Shepherd, Cincinnati
When a eulogy is being given to someone who was "a devout Catholic." Why not use "active'" or "practicing?"
Janet Jehn, Covington
Joint ( as in place)
Tool (Unsavory character)
Bust (as in doing something quickly)
Staff at Starbucks on the Skywalk
PROM - Whatever happened to the Prom?
Yea, BABY - Overused and sounds stupid
Ups - Often used instead of U-P-S when referring to the United Parcel Service
Realator - Often spoken instead Realtor when speaking of a real estate sales person.
So-sol security - Often said instead of social security even by "educated" people.
Irregardless - Used instead of regardless
I also am irked by the seeming over use of acronyms. Are we all too
lazy to say a couple extra words?