Wednesday, April 20, 2011

There You Go! No Problem!

I have quite a few pet peeves. Many of them have to do with how people butcher and misuse language.

A few weeks ago, I sat through a full-day seminar on photography during which the presenter pronounced "pictures" the same as "pitchers."

In recent years, I have started responding to people who say stupid things to me. Have you noticed that whenever you get food from a drive-in window, the employee hands you your change and says "there you go!"

This evening I replied with, "No, I'm still here!"

The clerk had this glazed over expression and said, "What?" I said, "You said to me 'There you go!' and I pointed out to you that I'm still here."

She had no idea what my point was. It amused me.

Not long ago I was in an office supply store and asked one of the employees where to find something. He pointed it out to me and I said, "Thank you." His response was "No problem!" I replied, "The correct response to Thank You is 'You're Welcome." He got it, started laughing and said, "You're right! You're welcome."

My friends always get on edge if a restaurant server approaches us toward the end of a meal and asks, "Are you still workin' on  it?" My friends know what is coming next. Since I do not consider eating a meal to be work, my response is, "No, we're still eating dinner." Why do they not know that the correct phrase should be, "May I take your plate?" or "Have you finished with your meal?"

Honest, I don't know where or how these phrases have entered our language, but I am determined to point it out to America, even if it's just one person at a time.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Did Ricky Gervais go too far at the Golden Globes?

It's no secret that I never miss watching the Golden Globes, Academy Awards and the Tony awards shows. Any other awards shows are hit-and-miss. My personal favorite hosts of these award shows are Billy Crystal and Hugh Jackman. With these men at the helm, it makes these self congratulatory, less than humble awards shows palatable.

Certainly, the organizers of the Golden Globes show knew to expect the unexpected from this year's host, Ricky Gervais. He did the hosting duties last year and they invited him back. Last night, he made fun of the Hollywood Foreign Press, celebrities like Robert Downey, Jr., Bruce Willis, and countless others. Gervais is totally irreverent, but isn't he always? He's doing what Don Rickles has been doing for 60 years, only with a British accent.

Oh my goodness - the Hollywood community and the online press is abuzz this morning, saying that Gervais went too far. It's interesting about the slant of the comments - very different points of view depending upon if they are in the U.S. or the U.K. People commenting on Twitter are very much pro-Gervais.

From the Telegraph in the UK: Ricky Gervais is unlikely to be invited back as Golden Globes host after he mocked the organisers and insulted Hollywood celebrities.

Fox News: Ricky Gervais Draws More Gasps than Grins

Los Angeles Times: Ricky Gervais snarkfest

Reuters: Ricky Gervais too funny for Hollywood

Well, well, well. The big egos of the Hollywood film industry have become so accustomed to people fawning all over them that they apparently believe their own publicity. Gervais said nothing that has not already been said by Jay Leno, David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel or any of the other late night talk show hosts. Gervais just told the jokes in prime time - and directly in front of the people who the jokes were about.

There's just one thing to say to the Hollywood folks whose egos were fractured last night. It's the classic Jack Nicholson line from A Few Good Men: "You can't handle the truth."

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Events in Tucson

Today's violence in Tucson is, indeed, a tragedy.

I would hope that the news media would at least attempt to 'get it right' rather than 'get it first.'

The false reports that the Congresswoman died took me back to the Reagan shooting when the media reported, in error, the death of press secretary Jim Brady.