If…then

I am so tired of hearing the unthinking prattle of our local commentators on air. And, it seems, the national level ones are no better. Do they ever listen to themselves? They don’t even make sense!

“If you are just joining us, our guests are…”

Really? And if I have been listening all hour, who are the guests?

“If you are just joining us, it is frigid out there”

For the rest of you, it is a hot summer day.

LISTEN UP! If.. then: what happens in the former has to have bearing on the latter or it makes no sense.

Now, I have to confess, I have caught myself saying to the receptionist at work “If anyone is looking for me, I am going to lunch” which I usually catch instantly after it has left my mouth, so I add “And in fact, I am going to lunch even if no one is looking for me.” But I am not paid to talk endlessly. I think those who are should pay attention to what they say.

Topics for another day? More pet peeves.

“Different than”

“People that”

Less versus fewer

Something to look forward to. 🙂

10 thoughts on “If…then”

    1. I was watching a ball game this afternoon – here’s one I never heard before “she plays fearless”. Sigh. I am so tired of shouting “LEE” at the TV. I guess we don’t need adverbs anymore.

  1. When mangled language starts to get me I know I need to give myself a time out, away from people, before I throw a volume of the OED at them.

    1. ouch, that would hurt! 🙂

      The trouble is, of course, it is mostly on TV and radio. So hard to get away from and still know when the next storm is coming.

  2. Oh less versus fewer bugs me too. I’m hearing it everywhere these days! Another one, in a part of Ireland, people say “leave” instead of “let” so for example, they would say something “He won’t leave me go”. It’s getting more common, even on radio!

    1. I haven’t heard that one, it would annoy me, too. What I used to hear a lot in Connecticut when I lived there is “being that” instead of “since”… ugh.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Yarn Harlot

random posts about things I am doing or thinking

Boogie's Blog

Spin, Knit, Weave, Crochet, Cook, Garden, Preserve, Hobby Farming, and so much more.

My Time Stitching

And whatever else I have been up to...

olddogsnewtruck

putting down roots in Maine

Marja.9105 Arctic

stories about life in the north

Compassionknit.com

Where we knit with a passion

notewords

handwork, writing, life, music, books

judeknits2

Knitting, photography and cats.

Blog Rss

random posts about things I am doing or thinking

random posts about things I am doing or thinking

Mulch and More Crafts

Arts, Crafts, Custom Works, From primarily sustainable resources.

Proper Tension

random posts about things I am doing or thinking

Fernwood Nursery & Gardens

Maine's Shadiest Nursery

Blog - Blossom Studio

random posts about things I am doing or thinking

Fringe Association

Knitting ideas, inspiration and free patterns, plus crochet, weaving, and more

Dartmoor Creative

a creative life on Dartmoor

Words and Stitches

woolgathering at its best

V-Lo's View

Every day ramblings about my day, my dog, my friends, my house and my garden.

A Note From Abroad

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sailaway from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~ Mark Twain

Verily Knits

Designs by Claire Slade

%d bloggers like this: