Oh, No! Not Another One!

Rant warning:

Sorry. I hear this stuff, or read it, and it’s like a knife squealing on a china plate. (Maybe it’s a sensory issue.) “In the meanwhile” is one. It drives me nuts. It’s either “in the meanTIME” or “meanwhile,” as in “Meanwhile, back at the ranch . . .” (Yeah, I know you can find “in the meanwhile” in the dictionary, but you can also find words that begin with “sh” and “f” and “c”* that I’d just as soon not have to read or listen to either.)

I have just added another little linguistic fingernails down the blackboard to my collection. “On accident,” as in, “I knocked it over on accident.” It’s “BY accident.” (Maybe they think that if you didn’t do it on purpose, you did it “on” accident?) (Actually, you either do it by accident or by design . . . ) Right up there with the U.S. Congressman who wanted to declare “marshal” law.

*What offends me about that kind of language is that (a) it shows a lack of creativity and/or intelligence — we are speaking the language of Shakespeare, Austen, Oliver, Twain, Hawking, Chomsky, and Gould, with a vocabulary of over 170,000 words, and that one adjective is all they can come up with? (b) it insults my intelligence — It’s like they think I have such a limited vocabulary that they have to use that one stupid word as a noun, adjective, adverb and verb or I won’t be able to understand them; (c) it’s BORING! Those same three or four words repeated over and over and over and over. . .zzzzzzzzz. And, gratuitously, (d) this is America, dudebro. Learn English!

Here endeth the rant.

Artwork © 2012 Rima Staines

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

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