As a professional freelance writer, I can be a bit of a stickler when it comes to word choice, spelling and punctuation. That’s part of the reason why I have the Grammar 101 series on this blog, but then there are other terms that have been accepted as part of the common vernacular that I just don’t like. It really grinds my gears when I hear people talking about a six-month anniversary, for example, because that just doesn’t make any sense. And there are more.
It’s My Friday
Since I run my own business and I work from home, I have a habit of working on public holidays and on weekends. People who are on shift rotations might find that they have Thursday and Friday off instead of Saturday and Sunday. For these people, Wednesday isn’t the “hump” day, because it is the end of their work week. However, I don’t feel they are at all justified in referring to Wednesday as “their” Friday.
Wednesday is still Wednesday and Friday is still Friday. The days of the week don’t change their names because your schedule differs from the conventional norm.
I’m 40 Years Young
As Aaliyah once told us, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” There are high school students who act far more mature than people twice their age, just as there are middle-aged folks who are far healthier than their teenage counterparts. I’m not debating that. However, when you reach the age of 40, you are still 40 years old, even if you “feel” young. Stop saying that you are 40 years young or 50 years young. You wouldn’t say that a young child of eight years is “8 years young,” would you?
Somehow, we have increasingly gotten in the habit of turning everything into a verb. We see this all the time with social media. Are you going to YouTube that? Let me Facebook him.
Even before the rise of the Internet, though, we’ve already experienced this phenomenon. While I don’t have much of an issue with people who say that they want to “do” lunch, it just doesn’t sound right to me when someone says, “Let’s lunch.” To me, lunch is still only a noun and not a verb. Of course, word usage changes over time, but it just feels wrong right now.
A Case of the Mondays
It’s funny, really, that I have a problem with people who say it’s “their” Friday, but I have no trouble with people who say they have a “case of the Mondays.” Maybe it’s because I enjoyed the Office Space movie from 1999 so much. Corporate accounts payable, Nina speaking. Just a moment.
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