Sign In | Create an Account | Welcome, . My Account | Logout | Subscribe | Submit News | Home RSS

Murch: Some words just get my goat

February 4, 2010
Steve Murch

We all have pet peeves. Most of us can see where someone's pet peeves can annoy them, even if that particular one doesn't bother us. After all, we have ours that they might not agree with.

I think most of us have gotten over even though we still mock the pluralized "yous," as in the reference by our favorite waitress, "How are yous today." Or perhaps we've grown accustomed to "Walmarts" and "Kmarts" you know the reference, going to the singular store, not talking about a group of stores "I'm going to Walmarts to get some dog food." As a side note, we received a letter to the editor a month or so ago that put the "s" after Walmart, which we all kind of had a chuckle about.

Those aren't pet peeves of mine, though they might have been at one point or another. However, there are plenty of words or phrases that people use that just drive me crazy. They're like fingers on a chalkboard when I hear them.

In no particular order:

Past history: Well no kidding. History is the past. There is no such thing as present history or future history. A cousin of past history is the phrase "we're making history." Well sure, as long as it's being documented and people consider it valuable enough to warrant remembering, then you might very well be making history. Otherwise, you're just doing something in the present.

For all of eternity: Again, no kidding. You can't really choose part of eternity. That would then be a specific time period and eternity would have no bearing on it.

Keepin' it real: Ugh. If you're not keeping it real then you are faking it or lying. Why does everything have to have a catch phrase. Related to "keepin' it real" is "telling it like it is." Again, if you're telling anything else, you're lying.

It is what it is: As opposed to? I guess the alternative is "It is what it isn't." And that certainly doesn't make any sense.

Now for a couple of overused sports cliches.

110 percent (some coaches and athletes even boost the percent higher): Seeing as how that is impossible, it should speak for itself. However, I had a conversation with someone once who actually didn't get the whole concept. I even used money as an example. I asked him for 110 percent of his money, he handed me all of it and I asked him for the other 10 percent. And he still didn't get why 110 percent is wrong.

They wanted it more than us: I guess I don't get this concept. Either you want to win or you don't. I can't see how, especially if you're competitive, you go into a game wanting anything but to win. I can't imagine saying "I want to win, but if not, oh well." And if I'm a fan and find out a professional athlete didn't want to win then I'm asking the coach or GM to get rid of him because my team needs players who want to win and only want to win.

A couple words that basically legal speak grabbed hold of and proclaimed them proper.

Persons: Talk about making it seem like they aren't human. Whatever happened to people as plural for person? Maybe it's a way to disconnect the human element and government or law can do things to persons and it doesn't affect people. Come on, we're all people here, except I guess, if some are only persons.

Monies: Money is plural for money. When is the last time someone asked to count your monies? Even if it's going in different directions, like when government doles out funding, it's still money, not monies. If government people don't want to talk about "money" then they should talk about "funds." Yes, monies is a word, but come on it just sounds dumb.

And now my favorite send-off.

Bye, now: Why, why, why do you have to add the word "now" to it? It's not like you can say it for 10 minutes later, the person won't be around to hear it. What's the alternative "bye later" or "bye before you got here." Wow.

One more thing that drives me nuts is the Bro Hug, you know the half handshake, half hug. What is that all about? If you're just greeting someone a simple handshake will do. And there is nothing wrong with two men hugging when the moment calls for it. The Bro Hug is an offshoot of the Bromance, and don't get me started on that word or trend.

There, the venting has ended.



I am looking for:
News, Blogs & Events Web