As a writer, it was never going to be long before my attention turned to my pet peeves. In this case, words and expressions that make my skin prickle, my teeth clench and my spine arch.
One of the main ones from the past two or three years has been, 'Going forward'. Frequently used in place of 'from now on'. Well, what was wrong with, 'from now on' anyway? Perfectly decent expression. Said what you meant. No messing. 'From now on, I want to see an improvement'. There - you know what's required. Get on with it!
But, oh no, it's 'Going forward, I want to see an improvement.' For heaven's sake, it's not even grammatical!
"Sorry, my bad."
Your 'bad' what? Foot? Haircut?
Keeping on this subject for a second, a young woman in a relationship with a man some years older than herself is never termed a 'toygirl'. So why, oh why, is the young man with an older girlfriend called a 'toyboy'?
|The company's efficiencies seem to be going well!|
In a previous blog, I mentioned 'efficiencies' as in 'We're making some efficiencies'- when the speaker actually means they're going to cut jobs so severely that more and more work is piled onto fewer and fewer people, squeezing them until the pips squeak. Well, folks, almost a year on, I'm still hearing that anachronistic expression.
And why do we need to have a 'shopping experience'? When I 'go shopping', I do so somewhat reluctantly. The only way any store can improve my shopping 'experience' is to ensure all their tills are staffed and their shelves fully stocked. That way I can get in, grab my goods, pay for them and get out as fast as possible. Shopping 'experience' indeed! And don't mention 'retail therapy' either.
|I'm a shopper, get me out of here!|
Inappropriate use of terms such as 'celebrity', 'legendary' and 'iconic' annoy me. On the UK's recent series of X Factor, Rylan Clark entertained his audience for weeks until he was finally voted off. So popular was he that he achieved instant stardom and a place on the current series of Celebrity Big Brother where he has been variously described as a 'Reality TV legend' and 'Reality TV icon'. Now I happen to find Rylan great fun, entertaining to watch and I wish him all the best in his career. But I'm sure he would agree that to call him not only a celebrity but also an icon and a legend is taking things a bit far. Six months ago, we'd never even heard of him!
|Rylan Clark - celebrity, icon, legend - or entertainer?|
Well, I hope you enjoyed your 'journey' through my pet peeves. Over to you, what are yours? Have a look at this list from The New York Times. Recognise any of your favourites?