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Four times I’ve read this today.....

(34 Posts)
Katek Wed 05-Sep-18 09:44:39

......and it’s only 9.40! Where has the expression “so fun” come from? What happened to the “much”? That’s me off to a good start to my day -grrr!

oldbatty Wed 05-Sep-18 09:50:35

So......thought I'd "reach out" to you," so fun" is "a thing "now. Language evolves and all that.

Katek Wed 05-Sep-18 09:55:36

I’m just an old, ill tempered dinosaur I think!

MiniMoon Wed 05-Sep-18 10:11:20

Miranda's pushy mother said "such fun" in the TV series. Perhaps it's come from there? "For free" annoys me. It's free, you don't need to put in the for!

oldbatty Wed 05-Sep-18 10:21:29

* So * annoys me along with Can I get.

JudyJudy12 Wed 05-Sep-18 10:58:17

I do not like "and also" and "added bonus" .

merlotgran Wed 05-Sep-18 11:06:04

Drives me mad as well. I'm always shouting, 'MUCH' at the telly.

Nanny27 Wed 05-Sep-18 11:32:29

Hate "so fun" sounds ridiculous. TV presenters seem obsessed with "and also" too!

Greta Wed 05-Sep-18 16:16:04

What I find interesting is how quickly these expressions catch on. 'So...' has spread like an epidemic. The other morning on the Today programme an interviewee started almost every answer: ”So...” I must stop listening out for it!

'Narrative' has also crept in everywhere.

As for ”I know where you are coming from” this really amuses me. One can think of a few good answers.
I know language evolves but it seems people are now copying trends parrot-fashion.

MissAdventure Wed 05-Sep-18 16:25:56

My bad. I haven't heard of so fun yet. blush

RosieLeah Wed 05-Sep-18 16:36:06

One of the reasons why I love watching old films is hearing people speak proper English. Yes, language does evolve, but any changes should be for the better. Everything is going downhill.

Chewbacca Wed 05-Sep-18 16:42:49

I phoned the bank earlier this week MissA and the young woman taking my call made a mistake in the information she had given me. When I asked her to double check she said "ooops, my bad. Sorry". My bad? What's that all about? wanders off, shaking my aged head in despair.

MissAdventure Wed 05-Sep-18 16:47:19

Chewbacca I'm shaking my head, too!
Saying it on the phone - to a customer!

JudyJudy12 Wed 05-Sep-18 16:48:35

Really cannot stand "my bad" and "baby mother" meaning babies mother but not the mans partner.

I never liked 24/7 but find myself using it sometimes, still do not like it but it has crept into my vocabulary.

Grammaretto Wed 05-Sep-18 20:37:26

I agree with you all and chuckle. How can we stop ourselves from copying the things we hear?
I bet I've begun a sentence with so at least once today
I was told by a linguistics expert (expert is another overused term)
That some people cannot lose their native accents whereas others are like mimics and change easily depending on what they hear. These second group are linguistically unstable. I am like that and often get asked where I come from as I have a mixed accent smile

Chewbacca Wed 05-Sep-18 20:56:46

Sorry to hijack your thread Katek but I've just seen a howler on our local Facebook pages;

Local floral artist can make your bridal or funeral reefs at very competitive prices. Pm me for more details

I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

Greenfinch Wed 05-Sep-18 21:00:53

I dislike" you're joking me".

Melanieeastanglia Wed 05-Sep-18 21:43:38

Changes in language used to make me cross but not so much now. I think I've just come to accept that language changes over the years although I don't like to hear really ungrammatical sentences. I like to see correctly written sentences too but perhaps some people would say I am displaying snobbish attitudes.

We're all different.

sodapop Wed 05-Sep-18 21:47:52

Love it Chewbacca had to chuckle.
'Small little' seems to creep in now as well, tautology rules !

MissAdventure Wed 05-Sep-18 22:00:59

To die for.. that's another one.
Why can't they just say peng? shock

Katek Thu 06-Sep-18 10:06:00

Omg chewy....... seriously?? I’ve almost got used to the ‘chester draws’ but that tops it.

oldbatty Thu 06-Sep-18 10:10:25

"Thought's on how to improve our service"

I had a thought and suggested it, although it wasn't appreciated.

stree Thu 04-Oct-18 14:37:32

An advert in our village newsletter proclaimed that such and such a builder specialised in "Loft conversations"
The house whisperer?

grannysue05 Thu 04-Oct-18 14:51:25

My teenage GD says 'like' in the middle of nearly every "School was so ....Like...boring today".
The problem is that I hear this so often, and I have started to copy!
When making a dental appointment today, I asked the receptionist "Could you book me in if possible".

Grandma2213 Fri 05-Oct-18 00:41:15

I know that the English language is changing and growing constantly as it always has. BUT ... I/he/she was 'sat' hurts my brain.

AND while I'm on a rant ... the 'amount' of people. SCREEEEAAAMMM!!!!!