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Is it only me that goes grrr at this phrase?

(115 Posts)
phoenix Mon 30-Dec-19 23:47:23

An email from Waitrose asking about plans for (and I quote) "New Years"

There is New Years Eve, and New Years Day, but there is NOT "New Years"

Callistemon Mon 30-Dec-19 23:56:38

It'll be 'Valentines' next

I agree, sloppy and awful.

welbeck Tue 31-Dec-19 00:00:32

happy holidays !

Jane10 Tue 31-Dec-19 07:25:36

Don't start on all that 'Happy holidays' nonsense!! That really annoys me. angry

SirChenjin Tue 31-Dec-19 07:31:04

Shouldn’t that be New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day?

Nortsat46 Tue 31-Dec-19 07:43:07

Yes phoenix I received that one and winced at the Americanisation ...
It arrived on the same morning as one from Tesco (referred to in one of my posts yesterday) exhorting me to eat up my cheese and not throw it away. I DO NOT THROW CHEESE AWAY !

Which bright spark sits in these supermarket HQ offices, dreaming up communications strategies... I think they earn too much !

Grammaretto Tue 31-Dec-19 07:54:28

Now now isn't it racist to complain of Americanisms?
Our visiters from USA were surprised that we sang Auld lang syne in Scotland, just like them.

Witzend Tue 31-Dec-19 08:01:38

Yes, I hate it, too.
I’m surprised at Waitrose, normally such a bastion of more up-market proper-ness.
I dare say many of their PR/media/whatever-they-call-them staff are 20-somethings who’ve been reared on a diet of American films and don’t see nowt wrong with it.

sodapop Tue 31-Dec-19 08:56:10

Witzend tchgrin

It is irritating I agree Phoenix not what would be expected from Waitrose! !

Granny23 Tue 31-Dec-19 09:02:07

All wrong! Today is Hogmanay.

Nannarose Tue 31-Dec-19 09:11:38

I have always said "New Year's" - a bit lazily, short for NY Eve / Day.
I don't think it's an Americanism - but DH points out that I grew up near a USAF base, some of the kids came to our school, and he thinks I absorbed some expressions without realising.
For instance, he thinks "from the get go" is an Americanism, he says he was surprised when I used it when we first met, 50 years ago. He says it now!

Grammaretto Tue 31-Dec-19 09:31:08

Granny23 of course it is!
But the pluralising of New Year is definitely an import.

Happy New Decade!!

(sorry to be early but I don't intend to call by in the morning)

Jane10 Tue 31-Dec-19 09:37:44

I bet your visitors sing 'Old Lang Zzyn' Grammaretto. Argh. Another abomination. angry

Grammaretto Tue 31-Dec-19 09:43:47

Of course they do! Jane10 (I nearly said you bet they do but I remembered that's an import too)

And they don't wait to ...take a hand of thine, either. What is the world coming to!

Witzend Tue 31-Dec-19 09:54:09

I’ve just had an email from Joules - ‘Hoorah, now there’s even more savings in’

It’s not just the ‘hoorah’ that grates - surely either ‘hurrah’ or ‘hooray’? - it’s also ‘there’s/there is with a plural.
Yes, I know it’s everywhere now but I still hate it!

Grumpy old pedant hat off, I shall now go and do something useful.
PS - just checked the dictionary to see whether I was wrong over ‘hoorah’.
I wasn’t.

HootyMcOwlface Tue 31-Dec-19 10:02:57

Ooo Nannarose that "get go" gives me the absolute rage! I can feel my blood pressure rising! 😤😁

Jane10 Tue 31-Dec-19 10:06:07

Gosh yes Hooty it's awful!

acanthus Tue 31-Dec-19 10:07:12

.... and another thing - 'invite' instead of 'invitation'. hmm

inkycog Tue 31-Dec-19 10:09:26

" reaching out"

Callistemon Tue 31-Dec-19 10:12:18

I haven't had any messages from Tesco, Waitrose, Joules or any other firm sad
Or hurrah! smile

from the get go is meaningless and annoying.

Callistemon Tue 31-Dec-19 10:17:59

'Back in the day'

Precisely which day would that be?

Alexa Tue 31-Dec-19 10:18:55

'Auld Lang Zyne' as usually sung at parties is a different song from Burns's 'Auld Lang Syne'' although the former is adapted from the latter.

Most people don't know the words to the Burns poem and the party song may as well be sung by drunken parrots.

EllanVannin Tue 31-Dec-19 10:21:28

See you later ??

EllanVannin Tue 31-Dec-19 10:23:54

Vets. Train station.

polnan Tue 31-Dec-19 10:29:56

All I want to say, actually all I want to scream

is ...
" and they wonder why sales have dropped off"

just give us what we want, how we want it,, and stop dishing us rubbish...