Monday, August 17, 2015

Pet peeve

I like to think of myself as an ease-going person.  I have a fair amount of patience in challenging situations and don't get ruffled easily.  However, I do have just a few pet peeves.

One of my pet peeves is the incorrect use of specific bar glasses.  I wrote about it HERE a few years ago.  Please do not serve a margarita in a martini glass, or a martini in a wine glass.  Thank you.

My other pet peeve verbal redundancy.  Not repetition which is when some says the same thing more than 1 time.  But rather, verbal redundancy is when someone uses more than 1 word that means the same thing.  Need an example?  I'll give you a two:
"Navy blue".  There is no such thing as navy green, navy red, or navy any other color.  Navy only describes blue, so saying 'navy blue' is redundant.  Just say 'navy'.  Used in a sentence:  "These pants fit so well I bought a pair in grey and another pair in navy."  See how that works?

"Outdoor patio".  There is no such thing as an indoor patio.  By definition a patio is an outdoor area adjacent to a home used for lounging, dining, etc. so saying 'outdoor patio' is redundant.  Yet I hear people say it all the time on HGTV's House Hunters.  "And check out this lovely outdoor patio!"  No.  Its a patio, not an outdoor patio.


In our culture of texting and abbreviations, you'd think more people would be aware of and avoid verbal redundancy.  I mean, can you imagine someone typing out complete words and sentences when texting?  LOL!  ROFLMAO!!  Most people eliminate as many characters as possible when texting, so why not eliminate redundant words when speaking?  Plus, eliminating verbal redundancy keeps you from sounding dumb.

4 comments:

anne marie in philly said...

oh lawdy suh, you will just hate me...I have put wine in a morning juice glass!

Bob Slatten said...

And I drink my Bob-a-rita's in a martini glass. =)

mistress maddie said...

I agree with your choices tootes! The cell thing and the hash tag thing drives me absolutely bunkers!!!!! I love technology but know when and where to par take.

Biki Honko said...

Some of my pet peeves:
cerulean blue- thats like saying, "My new shirt is blue blue."
outdoor bbq - who bbq's in the house?
patio furniture =deck chair= lawn chair. Good lord, they are all the same thing, just pick a term and stick with it!
"fresh" when applied to any frozen food

And a few odd ones that seem to bother only me.
Shoe laces. We no longer use laces for corsets, or to tie our shirts together, or out pants shut. Our only laces are found on shoes and on a baseball mitt, but I think folks would know which you're talking about.

Belt loops. What else do we use loops on pants for, spatulas?