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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #450 on: April 08, 2014, 12:39:58 PM »
When people in olden-days movies (and Castle's mother on "Castle") say "Dahling" all the time.

Not "Darling."  "DAH-ling."

It's a relic from the Mid-Atlantic accent, which mimics upper-class English.

For extra pedantry, the feature in question is non-rhotic English, which eliminates a lot of
"r" sounds.

So yes, it's pretentious, but it's pretentious with a history.



...Edited because misspelling "pedantry" is embarrassing.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #451 on: April 08, 2014, 01:09:53 PM »
When people in olden-days movies (and Castle's mother on "Castle") say "Dahling" all the time.

Not "Darling."  "DAH-ling."

It's a relic from the Mid-Atlantic accent, which mimics upper-class English.

For extra penantry, the feature in question is non-rhotic English, which eliminates a lot of
"r" sounds.

So yes, it's pretentious, but it's pretentious with a history.

I'm glad to finally know what that's called! I've noted before that when watching old newscasts, they spoke in a very different accent from the Midwestern one that's fashionable now.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #452 on: April 09, 2014, 08:47:20 AM »
When people in olden-days movies (and Castle's mother on "Castle") say "Dahling" all the time.

Not "Darling."  "DAH-ling."

It wouldn't bother me if it was part of the accent of the area, like Boston or somewhere in the south where it's just part of the accent for Rs to drop from words. But an affected accent to sound more sophisticated? That would grate on the nerves.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #453 on: April 09, 2014, 01:54:18 PM »
Do you want to do the dishes?
Would you like to take out the trash?

Well, NO, but I will do those things.


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My boss says things like this all the time. 'Do you want to do x task?' Well, I don't WANT to, exactly, but as you pay me to be here, I suppose I ought to... I mean he's my boss, if he said 'Can you please do [whatever]?' Sure, fine, no worries. If it was a choice, like 'Do you want to do xyz or abc?' then that wouldn't bother me either, as it would be a legitimate question rather than an unnecessary one. He knows it annoys me, I think that's why he does it  ::)

A word that's been bothering me again recently is drug - used as a past tense for drag. NO. NO NO NO. NO. The past tense of drag is dragged. Now, I admit, English is not exactly consistent with its tenses, but when I read a sentence like 'he drug his sports bag across the floor' I have to really think about what the author means. Did he give his sports bag morphine? No? Then the word you want is 'dragged'. This seems to happen most often in fanfiction but it's infuriating.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #454 on: April 11, 2014, 03:15:13 PM »
To comment on a couple of earlier posts:  I cringe when I hear "Our thoughts and prayers go to ____. I understand you're thinking of someone during their time of crisis or mourning, but I hope you are not praying to them. Prayers generally go to a deity, not to another person.

Second - whenever my children would say, "Can I do ____?" My answer was always, "I don't know, can you?" I think I finally taught them to say "may I" instead of "can I."

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #455 on: April 12, 2014, 09:52:00 AM »
Re: turning nouns into verbs.

A presenter on TV said that by lifiting something heavy she was going to "herniate something" Shouldn't this  be "I'll develop a henia if I lift this heavy item"

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #456 on: April 12, 2014, 10:01:03 AM »
Re: turning nouns into verbs.

A presenter on TV said that by lifiting something heavy she was going to "herniate something" Shouldn't this  be "I'll develop a henia if I lift this heavy item"

Nope, it is an intransitive verb. No problem there.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #457 on: April 13, 2014, 11:18:34 AM »
Quote from: scotcat60 on Yesterday at 09:52:00 AM
Re: turning nouns into verbs.

A presenter on TV said that by lifiting something heavy she was going to "herniate something" Shouldn't this  be "I'll develop a henia if I lift this heavy item"

Nope, it is an intransitive verb. No problem there.


O.K. it's just that I had never heard anyone use this term before.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #458 on: April 13, 2014, 01:14:06 PM »
Pronouncing the as thee.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #459 on: April 13, 2014, 01:30:14 PM »
 It's much easier (in my accent at least) to say 'thee' before words beginning with vowels. 'The elephant, the apple, the incident...' if you go for the short-E 'the', you have to insert an awkward glottal stop before the noun, or it sounds indistinct. It's not an affectation, it's a natural easing of the sounds.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #460 on: April 13, 2014, 02:35:18 PM »
"He's just a boy!"  >:(
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #461 on: April 13, 2014, 07:42:03 PM »
It's much easier (in my accent at least) to say 'thee' before words beginning with vowels. 'The elephant, the apple, the incident...' if you go for the short-E 'the', you have to insert an awkward glottal stop before the noun, or it sounds indistinct. It's not an affectation, it's a natural easing of the sounds.

Thee before vowels is considered correct, especially in singing.
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