Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

As a bartender and waiter in the 70s/80s one of the first skills I learned was how to change an ashtray on a restaurant or lounge table or the bar without the punters noticing. And Lord knows how many tabs I 'smoked' as a non-smoker in those ten years.
 
I usually have a high tolerance for Americanisms but must admit that one does grate on me, especially when preceded by a slight glottal stop to emphasise the lack of "h"
in my youth it was a clear statement of social class to an “an ‘otel”. Interestingly - “an historic event” always had the H aspirated - as if to express contempt for both the working classes and the French.
 
Using the word “normalise” in a non database context. It’s the kind of thing that makes me want to disagree even if I agree with the person saying it.
 
The use of plurals as singular. In the Guardian today: "...but there has been doubt as to whether this phenomena is present in humans." Other words regularly abused in this manner: data, bacteria and algae. I'm sure there are more, but they're the ones that immediately come to mind.
 
The use of plurals as singular. In the Guardian today: "...but there has been doubt as to whether this phenomena is present in humans." Other words regularly abused in this manner: data, bacteria and algae. I'm sure there are more, but they're the ones that immediately come to mind.
There is a woman at work who consistently uses “data” as plural, and occasionally “datum” to describe a single piece of data.

Needless to say I nominate her for an award every opportunity I get.

Related - this gem from xkxd

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If we are looking for academic authority, perhaps we need more social scientists too - to properly express the idea that a group of people can feel ownership of a language, and that's why they get upset when others mangle it.

Or psychologists even, to explain why "erb" in particular sounds so orrible to me.

If we need proper scientists (;)), I'm at your service
 
My father in law, bless him, referring to distances in kilometres, WTF, it's a mile up the road! And another in-laws special, calling Christmas dinner "christmas lunch". Just no. Only 11 months before I have to endure that again
 
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