Language Pet Peeve.

Posted by mike d. 4 comments

You know what irritates me to no end?

The use of the word Appreciate without the preceding pronoun; The assumed “I”.

Person A: “Appreciate your coming in today!”
Person B: “I finished that report for you.”
Person A: “Appreciate it.”

This is not a phrase of thanks, it’s a command. YOU BETTER APPRECIATE THE RIGHT TO COME IN TODAY! YOU BETTER APPRECIATE THIS WORK!

Ugh!

Here’s the kicker: I do this all the time. And EVERY single time I do it, I hate myself.

Anyone else have self-loathing due to a poor grammatical habit?

4 Comments
Dec 18, 2013
12:49 pm
#1 Andrew :

I’ve picked up the “needs done” construction (omitting ‘to be’). Like “The cat box needs cleaned.”

I hate it, but “The cat box needs to be cleaned” seems to take way too long to say.

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Dec 18, 2013
2:15 pm
#2 Kurt from Work :

I tend to just get rid of all extraneous words when talking.

“I’m going to shove that whole Bacon Chicken Club sandwich in my mouth now”

Becomes…

“Bacon Mouth Now”

K

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Andrew Reply:

Just “bacon”, the rest is easily inferred.

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Dec 18, 2013
2:55 pm
#3 Mykal :

I find myself saying all of Corbin’s favorite phrases just like him. I am a grown adult not a two year old, I should not go around talking like a two year old, but it is just somehow enivitable when spending so much time around him. I do feel better that nearly everyone who parents small children ends up doing this a bit.

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