DH has started misusing "myself", like he's an estate agent or works in a call centre. WIBU to LTB?

(193 Posts)
MardyBra Tue 10-Dec-13 17:58:37

He had very good grammar when I married him in the last century.

It's very embarrassing.

valiumredhead Thu 12-Dec-13 17:53:50

My Dh keeps using 'stroke,' it makes me want to do bodily harm. Seriously.

Beastofburden Thu 12-Dec-13 17:57:11

"As if he were" a estate agent, surely grin

Someone has probably said this already but it's a long thread...

lottiegarbanzo Thu 12-Dec-13 18:01:05

Oh, I know someone who writes 'please may you do this?' instead of 'please can you / could you / would you?'. It's odd. (Of course I may do it but whether I will or not is another question).

LCHammer Thu 12-Dec-13 18:01:37

That's a good article by JC.

valiumredhead Thu 12-Dec-13 18:24:20

My Dh would say 'can you stroke would you stroke could you?' Lottie
Arghh!

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Thu 12-Dec-13 18:30:09

As someone who works in a call centre I'm offended. I have better grammar than many of my customers

'Stroke' is better than 'slash'.

"I think we should diarise that for Tuesday slash Wednesday."

Lazysuzanne Thu 12-Dec-13 19:24:54

I would say slash rather than stroke, or should one say oblique?

Then again I dont think I've ever felt the need to include that particular keyboard character in conversation.

Lazysuzanne Thu 12-Dec-13 19:28:01

I'm wondering if ' / ' should be counted as punctuation?
We dont say 'yes comma I will be free on Wednesday full stop' now do we confused

Most people don't name each punctuation mark as they are speaking, although I do know people who feel the need to sign inverted commas with their fingers.

lottiegarbanzo Thu 12-Dec-13 20:01:36

Well I can, valium's DH. Whether I want to or not... (unless he's a cat?!)

Though saying 'slash' is worse.

valiumredhead Thu 12-Dec-13 20:02:26

If he signed inverted commas I'd have to file for divorcewink

Good job I love him so muchgrin

Gah. The finger quotations.

A friend of mine once used these to describe her niece as being "quite bright" and "should go far" as if quite bright and should go far were peculiar phrases she had coined herself.

I let it go; this pains me still and it's been five years. We don't speak much any more which may well be for the best.

KeatsiePie Fri 13-Dec-13 01:42:32

Beast grin

"What was so hard about teaching people how to use I and me" -- I don't know! It is not that difficult! [muttermutter GIANT SIGH]

And yy to the irony of it. I feel like the me-avoidant misusers have created a little secret society around them though which is sometimes enjoyable -- I always look around the room to see who else is flinching so we can have a silent bond.

Why would anyone say either stroke or slash? Why not just say "or"? You know, the word that exists solely for the purpose of separating two choices?

ReallyOverThis Fri 13-Dec-13 02:44:34

There is a classic episode of Friends in which Joey repeatedly misuses air quotes. The joke is of course on Ross who uses them in all seriousness and gets immensely het up about their "abuse".

giraffesCantSledge Fri 13-Dec-13 03:35:43

My supervisor constantly uses my name - she even does it in reports n our meetings.

Giraffes, we discussed how you felt about x. You said, giraffes, that you felt fine about it. We then discussed how you would cope if you didn't feel fine about it, giraffes. Thank you for meeting with me today giraffes.

PoshPaula Fri 13-Dec-13 13:04:38

I'm having a good laugh about your post, giraffes. Thank you for this contribution, giraffes.

NewtRipley Fri 13-Dec-13 18:07:28

Another one I hate is the word (beloved of TV programmes ) is "a property" when referring to a house.

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