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.