9/16/2005

People Who Piss Me Off By Speaking

Filed under: — Kate @ 1:38 pm EST

People who want me to tell them the “heighth” of an object.

People who pronounce the “l” in “salmon.”

People who are not my mother, father, grandmother, aunt or uncle, a close family friend, or over the age of 65, but find it acceptable to call me “honey” or “sweetie.”

People who ask me if I would like an “expresso.”

People who want to “axsk” me a question.

People who say “yous.” As in “How are yous guys doing?” or “What did yous do last night?”

And the most dreaded of them all: People who say “nuke-u-lar.”

*shudder*

Go ahead and call me a snob. I don’t care. I admit that I’m not immune to this problem. After all, you can’t help but catch a disease if you are in constant contact with infected people. But as far as I know, my only glaring offense is occasionally pronouncing “water” as “wudder.” At least I’m not creating an additional syllable. And I do admit to saying “down the shore.” Damn Philadelphia dialect.

Of course, non-native born English speakers are exempt from my wrath, as would only be fair since I haven’t included my butchery of other languages.

7 Responses to “People Who Piss Me Off By Speaking”

  1. Holz Says:

    People who are not my mother, father, grandmother, aunt or uncle, a close family friend, or over the age of 65, but find it acceptable to call me “honey” or “sweetie.”

    What about “hon”? Is that just as bad as honey?

    People who say “yous.” As in “How are yous guys doing?” or “What did yous do last night?”

    Then how in the hell do you live in Philly??? It took me a long time to learn to stop saying youse guys, and instead I’ve now replaced it with y’all.

    And the most dreaded of them all: People who say “nuke-u-lar.”

    Waitaminute… I thought that’s how its pronounced

  2. Kate Says:

    What about “hon”? Is that just as bad as honey?
    Hon, honey, babe, baby, sweetie, sugar, dear… they are all vile.

    Then how in the hell do you live in Philly???
    Oh boy, I’m going to come across as such a bitch here… It often depends on the general education level of the people with whom you associate. I come across it all the time, but not every day. Few people I see with any regularity use it, and none of my friends or family say it.

    On the other hand, “y’all” doesn’t bother me at all.

  3. Kamin Says:

    I used to call my students at school “hon”… well, just the girls… but never until I knew them well and never anything other than “hon”… never “honey” “sweetie” or anything. That would just be creepy.

  4. Manchild Says:

    Of course, non-native born English speakers are exempt from my wrath,

    Good thing, as I often the use the “What did yous do last night?” since it’s friggin archaic to say “What did ye do last night?”

    I thought nu-ku-lar was the like, the new coke or something, especially after Jack Bauer pronounced it that way on the Bush friendly fox network last season.

  5. Kate Says:

    since it’s friggin archaic to say “What did ye do last night?”
    I think we should all use archaic language more often. It would behoove us to keep things interesting.

    I thought nu-ku-lar was the like, the new coke or something, especially after Jack Bauer pronounced it that way
    Heh, that drove me absolutely nuts. Like, climbing the walls type of nuts.

  6. Larakin Says:

    A big favorite is that Suposebly, supposedly has a ‘B’ in it that I never knew existed

  7. Stan Says:

    I have trouble saying the past tense of Ask. I always pronounce it AST. I piss myself off.