Tony Grist (poliphilo) wrote,
Tony Grist

Words That Annoy

I'm not going to rant about it but it makes my skin crawl when a book is called a "read" or a film a "watch" or a piece of music a "listen". This is quite irrational of me but there you go....

And while we're on the subject of words that annoy I really hate it how easily "offended" everyone is these days. I'm not saying you shouldn't get angry or even (as the Pope advises) hit back at insults, but "taking offence" just sounds so whiny, so precious. It makes me think of the stuffy, small-minded adults in Richmal Crompton's William books or- a reference only Brits of a certain age will get - of Mrs Mary Whitehouse. 

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