Wednesday, August 25, 2010

wifercize wednesday: editor-in-chief

Andrew and I both graduated from University of Toronto and majored in English and, although he doesn't think that Erindale campus "counts", Andrew is one of the only people I know who can match me in a battle of vocabulary.  We whisper sweet grammar in each other's ears.

The only possible downside to this situation (other than driving our friends crazy and making them nervous to write us emails, lest we send them back with a failing grade) is that we take our editors into everyday life with each other.  Clichés are out of the question, social memes are allowable only ironically, and sources must be quoted verbatim.

Over the years, Andrew has drawn the line with a few of my favourites.  He recently canned verbal usage of "O.M.G."  and refers to my punctuation as suffering from Commaitis.  I have parried with forbidding "praiselluia" and "B.T.dubs" (which is a horrendous short-form of "B.T.W." which is already a short-form of "by the way"...atrocious).  We hold each other to account each time we use the popular fillers such as "like", "whatnot", "what have you", and have almost eradicated any usage of the verb "to get", which I deem the Lazy Man's Verb (LMV for short) since you can almost always use another verb to explain yourself more clearly:

"I got this on sale." = "I bought this on sale." (better: "I purchased this on sale.")
"I got a cold." = "I caught a cold." (better: "I acquired a cold.")
"Did you get that?" = "Did you understand that?" (better: "Did you comprehend that?")

I hear the practice isn't uncommon to most relationships, including friends, siblings, and co-workers.  I'm curious: what colloquialisms will you not stand for?

12 comments:

Erin Grayson said...

I'm sure you meant "...for which colloquialisms will you not stand?"

*snicker*

xo!

Sarah Aubrey said...

I know...dangling preposition. So cruel of me to leave it there, hanging.

Mike Cole said...

As Churchill once said, "Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put."

beth said...

Since I have known him (8 1/2 yrs), Mark will not tolerate a text message or email with from me if it contains "text language".
You know: lol, omg, btw, luv u,
r u ok?, brb, and the others ( I am so out of the loop I don't know half of them).

Grammar is not a huge strong point of mine :( but having married an English major like yourselves, I have had to keep in line!

We are always DELIGHTED to find inappropriate uses of the possessive apostrophe at random convenience stores. We found one in the 2011 IKEA catalogue the other day! Oh my!

Andrew G said...

et tu Ikea?!?!

Kelly said...

"et tu ikea?" hehe - WHAT?

Sam has noticed my use of the word "friggen"... I admit, I use it too often!

There's nothing like getting married to notice all the "little things" about your spouse.

Apparently I also leave cupboards open after I've gotten out what I need(actually... not apparently, it's true, I'm guilty of it), but that's another topic!

=0)

Seth Kimberley Graham Hunter said...

double negative (example: "I didn't do nothing...") and the confusion of when to use "many" and "much".

David Hicks said...

"And I was, like ..."
"And then he goes ..."
"And she's like ..."

Christians who pepper their group prayer contributions with "just" and "really".

Also, every time a CBC interviewee starts their answer with, "So, ..."
Usually on Quirks and Quarks.

Saying joolery instead of jewelry.

Waitresses and waiters who call us "youse". This negatively impacts their tips.

A.J. said...

I'm 2 afraid to say! Am I allowed to use numbers? :-) Tee Hee!!!

beth said...

Andrew, I wish you could see Mark chuckling at your comment!
And I am giggling at David's comment...so funny.

Anonymous said...

The misuse of "its" and "it's"

Rebecca MacIntosh said...

Any misuse of their, they're, there. Though most importantly the word "anyway" said "anyways". This cause me to seizure.