Who on earth thought of that word to substitute the perfectly okay ‘holidays’? Instead of people saying that they are off on their holidays now they state that they’re off on their ‘holibobs’.
And it makes me shudder!
Amazeballs is another one.
Even thinking of these is making my teeth grind!
We have a beautiful language. We barely use a handful of the words available to us yet we feel the need to dumb it down and create non-words just to try to sound ‘cool’. Except they’re not cool. They’re just stupid.
Like text speak.
Or the need to substitute the word ‘think’ with ‘fink’, ‘maybe’ with ‘mebbe’ or ‘little’ with ‘lil’.
And inserting the word ‘babes’ or ‘hun’ in the middle of it all.
In every. Single. Sentence.
Don’t do it.
And I know for the most part the people who do choose to write this way are far from dumb. In fact, many of them are so frightfully intelligent and they ought to be proud but why oh why do they choose to write such pap as ‘I fink imma gonna go get a lil bit off my hair cut of todaaaay coz dats wot I wanna do innit babes?’ and think that makes them sound… how do they think it makes them sound? Cool? Smart? Fun? You sound stoopid, dammit.
And whilst I’m on the subject:
Who’s – An abbreviation of ‘who is’: Who’s going out this evening?
Whose – To whom something or someone belongs: Whose shoes are these?
Off – Not on: I fell off my chair.
Of – Of something: A piece of pie.
Your – Belonging to you: These are your shoes.
You’re – An abbreviation of ‘you are’: You’re not using the correct word!
There – A place: It’s over there.
Their – Belonging to them: This is their car.
They’re – An abbreviation of ‘they are’: They’re not in the room.
Oh, and one last thing.
If you are going to try to make yourself sound intelligent by inserting the words per se in your sentence please note that the correct spelling is ‘per se’ and not ‘per say’. Likewise when you write the words en route, please do not write ‘on route’. That is incorrect. It reminds me of Del-Boy and mangetout except he makes it funny.
I’d like to say that is all but I could actually go on.
What do you think? Pedantic or proper? Am I alone and simply turning into a grumpy old woman or do I have a point? What grammar crimes bug you?