Am I the only one that talks to the TV? I hope not. I also hope it’s less because I’m sixty and more because I’m just plain intolerant.
This morning on GMA – that’s Good Morning America for those of you not fortunate enough to get their first real news as well as fluff news of the day so late in the morning – some woman said, “I had to LITERALLY pick my mouth up off the floor!” To which I said – to the TV – “no, you didn’t, you @$$^*#%!” and immediately wrote it down to share later with my son, who also finds the misuse of literally to be worth a shake of the head and a chuckle, though not to the point of warranting an emphatic correction of the TV.
Another one that causes me to talk to the TV is the pillow commercial where the woman says “I was more align.” Again, me and the TV: “AlignED!!! With an “ED”, you idiot.” This is one of those things that drives me nuts. I used to be a spelling Nazi, but spelling is no longer at the top of my list of pet peeves. It’s this weird dropping of the “ED” which seems to be really prevalent. I don’t get it. It does not even sound right. I see it in print and I hear it frequently. “I am bias.” Uh, no, you are not. You may be “biased” but you are clearly not “bias” in any way, shape or form.
I keep telling myself I will start a list and write it down whenever someone drops the “ED” in such a way as to make me cringe. I suspect I would need a lot of paper, especially if I also added the “literally” faux pas to that list.
So is it the age thing, or am I just really intolerant? I would not ever correct anyone directly for this mistake, because though I may be intolerant and rude INSIDE, I am not that way outwardly – or at least I hope not. I don’t see any way to correct someone for this transgression without appearing to be a self-righteous snob, so I will continue to make a mental note and move on. Precisely the opposite of what most people seem to do online, I might add! God forbid any mistake or error online should be left untouched and without comment!
So while I do wish I was more tolerant, at least I have the decency to limit my judgement to mental notes and barking at the TV. Not literally, mind you. Or perhaps I should rephrase that. “I was literally barking at the TV!” One for my list!
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