This had been an exceptionally awful week, so I feel it's ok to write a really grumpy post. Here are a few of my least favourite expressions/grammatical errors:
1. "Passed away". No no NO. People don't pass away when they stop living; they don't "pass" anything. They DIE. That's what they do. Die.
2 "Sat", as in "I was sat" (unless someone really did pick me up and sit me there). "Sitting" is the word, right? Sitting. Not difficult (I have blogged about this before, and so have others, but it is infuriating). This mistake is (shockingly) used by, among others, many newsreaders, journalists and novelists.
3. "I was, like," for "I said". Where on EARTH did that come from? It uses up more words, too, so you can't say it's lazy.
4. "Vulnerable". This is a digression, because I'm talking about pronunciation here. No-one, but no-one, ever seems to pronounce the first L. Thus we have "vunerable", which just sounds sloppy.
5. First and third persons used instead of each other ("me and Kevin are digging the allotment" *; "he gave the elephant to my friend and I").
6. "Nanny" as a pet name for a grandmother. I know lovely people who opt to be called this, but to me, it sounds like a goat. Likewise, twee names for a grandmother, such as Mimsy or Flumpsy or anything else you care to think of.
I think those will do to be getting on with, and I hope no-one who knows me and who uses any of these expressions, will take offence. None is intended.
Now, which words/ expressions do you dislike most?
*I don't know anyone called Kevin, and I don't have an allotment. Neither, come to that, do I own an elephant. These are merely examples.