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Try staying classy…

May 12, 2011 5 comments

So, over the past few weeks I’ve watched the Maury Show, Steve Wilkos Show, and Judge Mathis to pay attention to the words said by the guests on these shows.

It’s presumed that the guests on these shows are members of the lower classes in society. I wanted to see if I could see distinct differences between words which they use compared to words which I hear everyday around me.

After a few weeks of observation, one word I heard on the shows but not in my everyday surroundings was “female.” Instead of using “woman,” “women,” “lady,” “ladies,” guests on the shows frequently use  the word “female” or “females.”

Just listening to the word “female” irked me, it sounded dirty for some reason to me, almost to the level of what I’d consider a pet peeve. So, after watching one of these shows I asked my mother how she felt about the usage of the word “female” and she said that she sees it as being derogatory and  rude.

After this I concluded that there are words which show the lack of class and knowledge of people and a prime example is “female.” I have never heard many if any educated adults use “females” over the word “woman” or “lady.”

If you want to sound educated and classy, avoid using the word “female.” It doesn’t put you in a good light, if you care.

English Language Check…

April 12, 2011 3 comments

So, I was on the phone with my girlfriend earlier talking about how it was some couple’s 14, 16th month “anniversary.” She didn’t remember how long it was.

During this conversation, I had an “ah ha” moment. It came to me that this is yet another thing which “Grinds my Gears.” This peeve is the usage of the word anniversary.

Anniversary (Noun): the yearly recurrence of the date of a past event: (i.e.) the tenth anniversary of their marriage.

Anniversary (Adjective): returning or recurring each year; annual.

Definitions via dictionary.com

Using these definitions, I don’t understand when or why month is now used on many occasions when talking about anniversary. Anniversary means year, specifically ‘anni’ is an English prefix meaning year.

Month and year aren’t the same thing. Get it straight. There is no such thing as a 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10, 13,17, 22 month anniversary! As the definition states for anniversary, it’s a yearly recurrence not a monthly one!