I hated English in school. I never passed any high school English. I rebelled against the “rules”
So you know that things have to be bad when I find myself noticing how much todays generations are breaking the rules. Even journalists, both written and in front of the camera, like when doing the news.
take this for example.
“The DFO said the whales are still alive and a rescue mission was underway to get the whales back into the water along with Delta police officers.”
What are the Delta police officers doing in the water and why do those on the rescue mission want the whales to be with the officers? Does this mean that the officers have to stay in the water with the whales?
I have noticed ‘basically’ but I think’ actually’ has it beat by miles…What makes me laugh is the words ‘sorta’, ‘kinda’ and ‘like’ being used in the same sentence as ‘actually’…They seem to use the words ‘basically’ and ‘actually’ as a form of deep intellect when in fact they know ‘absolutely’ nothing and should keep their mouths shut.
Mind you for years we’ve listened to jocks interviewed going back decades and you would be a drunken fool at the end of just one brief interview if you took a drink every time one of them said ‘you know’.
It’s not the fad of using the words that is annoying, it’s the frequency and wrong use of the words.
I heard a young girl answer the question “How old are you?” with " I am actually 17." Now this may be a grammatically sound answer but why use it in the first place. “I am 17” works quite well and has for a long time. And what is the alternative answer if you use “actually” ? Is it “I am not actually 17” ??!!??!!
Like used a dozen times in two sentences is annoying !
I don’t care what hip, cool, groovy, sweet fad words anyone uses, just use them correctly and sparingly, please… 23 skiddoo !