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!
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?
5 thoughts on “Language Pet Peeve.”
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.
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”
“Bacon Mouth Now”
Just “bacon”, the rest is easily inferred.
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.
I have found myself doing this a lot lately, especially with “localisms.” Luckily, I have grammar police in my family, like my sister and my mother, who keep me in line.