- At the end of the day
- It’s a miracle
- Just sayin’
- That sucks
- That blows
- Fuckin’ A (unless you’re military and the A stands for “affirmative”)
- It’s a small world
- Tell me about it
- Err mispronounced as “air” when it’s “ur.” “Error it may be, but without the “or,” it is “ur.”
- As if
- Pick your battles
Relax! English is most probably the most different language on Earth -- and it takes many forms depending on which English-speaking country is speaking it. Imagine how mind-blowing it is for émigrés to step onto our shores and be hit with impossible quirks of English.
“Break a leg,” is said to stage performers. What does that mean? Some time ago and in Great Britain it meant to BEND the leg, as in taking a bow. Bend in this case was break, as in break fast which has become a compound word: Breakfast.
And please stop “Between you and I” for it is very incorrect. It will probably make no difference to you to know that it is objective case (look on the internet). To speak correctly would be, “Between you and ME.”
What’s really disturbing is that there are educated persons who lack familiarity with correct usage. Will the world stop spinning? No -- but I wish my brain would. I am appalled by otherwise educated persons who do not have the least notion about what is and is not, correct. I’m not speaking about regional amusements, such as “all y’all” which I find amusing and charming. One of my favorites is “Lawzzy Muzzy” which in the Deep South is Lord have mercy! Evidently, someone thought that was just this side of blasphemy or at the very least, intolerably rude.
Not everyone is keen on language - his own or someone else's. I am, however, addressing those who should own more than a merely working knowledge of our common language. Do I ever get down? Absolutely! I’m having fun, but I am most certainly able to speak clearly and correctly without being stiff. Our politicians need a bit of help when it comes to English - at least American English. Moreover, stop droppin’ the “g” on participles and its cousin, the gerund. (Okay, these days, the gerund has sunk to - are you ready? - a noun modifier: swimming is fun, walking is healthy, eating is necessary - you get the idea.
While I’m here, please sound the first “c” in accessories is if it were a K. It’s aKcesseories, not “uhsessories.”
Television is no help at all. I remember a newsperson who pronounced Tucson as TUKson.
Those persons (people implies a group) who seek employment - depending on what sort of employment - would do well to be well-spoken.