I have discovered a new word to be banned from the English language. It is ‘so’, especially when people are asked questions, thus:
Q: What job do you do, Fred?
A: So, I used to be a doctor…
Q: Emma, what are your hobbies?
A: So, I used to have a cat that loved sardines…
It adds nothing to anything. All people who start sentences with this word should disappear…
I get a lot of spam on this site.
I know it’s automatic and all, but don’t bother. It will never get posted.
I have grumbled about YouTube videos before. I am not interested in posted versions of plays, tv programmes or music, nor am I interested in postings about celebrities, fashion and all that stuff.
I quite like informative or helpful videos.
It’s great to see a video called, for example, “The top five features of X that you have never used.” You assume that the person is some kind of expert on the subject.
Then the video begins and it’s re-phrased. “Five useful features of X”.
There was one the other day that said “All the albums by Y from worst to best.” Almost the very first thing the presenter said was “this does not put these albums in order from worst to best.”
Anyway, the presenter is some kind of expert. I am listening to you because you have knowledge that I don’t.
There is one series by a nice Australian lady about Maths/Physics at university. She has made a large number of videos and seems to speak with some authority. And yet she has made a complaining video about how people see her as an expert. She doesn’t like it. They ask for advice or information, and she’s not happy about that.
Honestly, time to go elsewhere, I think.
I used to love Maths…
I am going to stop there. Maths, short for Mathematics, plural, like Physics.
I don’t know why Americans call it ‘Math’, like there is just one, except possibly laziness.
What annoys me even more is when they add an S to a word that is patently singular.
Suppose you buy a car. It’s up for £10,000 but you buy it for £9,000. That’s a reduced price. You have saved money, made a saving. Singular. Not “a savings”.