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  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    So... obviously we need to, like, chillax, innit? image

    I have recently prepared a list of things that annoy me, and all of the above are on it, allong with many, many others.  I shout at the radio and TV and if I wasn't so polite (ahem) I'd do it in real life.  Am I a grumpy old man?


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,732

    Steve, I remember when " grumpy old men " the TV series started and my kids were watching with their mother..

    " that's Dad, that's Dad too, erm, Dad does that, Dad says that" etc etc.image

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,469

    Language develops and changes. I might use a new word for a while but then I get bored with it (not of  it).

    But I never tire of the word 'egregious' .It's my favouriteimage

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753


    Do you want them all at once, drip fed or not at all?

  • B3B3 Posts: 24,469

    Go for it, Steve!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • B3B3 Posts: 24,469

    Pitamog (pain in the arse miserable old git) should cover it.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753

    OK - you asked for it......

    Things that annoy me
    • People parking cars on the pavement
    • And riding bikes thereon, for that matter
    • Smoking, and people that smell of it, and drop their cigarette ends on the ground
    • People giving precedence to answering their ’phones (particularly mobile ones)  while they’re talking to me
    • And people shouting into their mobile ’phones, especially if being abusive
    • People shouting at each other generally, for that matter
    • Unnecessary waste.  Any waste, come to that.
    • A computer  answering the telephone when I ’phone up a business and the subsequent rigmarole of pressing buttons instead of talking to people
    • People I don’t know addressing me by my first name (particularly those young enough....)
    • A whole load of things on TV & radio
      • Oft-repeated trailers
      • Continuity announcers repeating information from trailers immediately
      • Trailers for programmes already under way – or already over
      • Use of ‘plus’ instead of ‘and’ or ‘also’ in TV commercials and elsewhere
      • Omission of the word ‘pounds’ when quoting prices in commercials
      • Documentaries chopping and changing between different aspects of their subject
      • Rachel Riley on Countdown saying ‘times it by…’ instead of ‘multiply’
      • Artificial enthusiasm shown by TV presenters
      • Cameramen/directors pointing the camera at people’s faces when we need to see what their hands are doing
      • Cosmetics that are claimed to ‘absorb’.  What do they absorb?  They mean ‘are absorbed’ (by the skin, presumably).
      • Cosmetics generally, for that matter.  And claims that protein and other stuff can do things to DEAD hair
      • Unexplained pseudoscientific claims in general
      •  “the exact same”.  If it’s the same, it’s the same.  If not, it’s similar.
      • Misuse of the English language, particularly by those who should know better, such as teachers, journalists and broadcasters.  In particular (but in no particular order),
        • Mispronunciation of the name of the eighth letter of the alphabet.  It’s ‘aitch’.
        • Repeated use of the word like when not appropriate
        • American pronunciation of English words by the English (e.g. scheduled)
        • Being greeted with ‘you alright?’ or ‘how are you?’ instead of ‘hello’ or ‘good afternoon’   (Or maybe we’re returning to ‘how do you do’?)
        • Omission of the definite article when referring to musical instruments (“I play piano” instead of “I play the piano”)   Americanism.
        • Apostrophes.  Why can’t people use them properly?  It’s really not that difficult.
        • Use of the words media, data, bacteria, algae and agenda as if they were singulars (and while we’re on the subject, please will somebody explain why the plural of ‘referendum’ is not ‘referenda’?)
        • Pronunciation of kilometre with the emphasis on the second syllable instead of the first.  We don’t say kiloton or kilogram, so why kilometre?  It’s kilometre.
        • Use of disinterested when uninterested is meant (OK – this is slightly difficult, but if you don’t know what a word means, don’t use it.)
        • The rising inflection of the voice at the end of a sentence which makes it sound like a q
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 33,732

    ditto to most of the above.

  • Steve 309Steve 309 Posts: 2,753
    • uestion –  which I like to refer to as the ‘idiotic interrogative’
    • Starting a sentence with ‘so’ when it’s not required
    • Y’know
    • ‘less’ applied to countable items (when ‘fewer’ is correct)
    • “Completely unique”
    • ‘Box sets’ instead of ‘boxed sets’
    • ‘legend’, referring to real people

    I could go on.  In fact I probably wil....

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