Friday, August 12, 2011

Grammar & Glamour

I went, "What are you talking about? And she goes, "You never listen." So I go, "That's because all I hear is 'blah, blah, blah, blah'."

Unexpectedly obliged to run off to Paris which means a post that gives me time to get dressed and apply my Eucerin.

I thought I would answer a couple of your questions -- don't even ask about Cherie, I think some of you, or friends of yours, spotted her obnoxious self on some painfully chic beach. I don't have time to deal with her today.

Let's take on the grammar question which some of you, to your great credit I might add, didn't understand: the use of the verb "to go" for the verb "to say." An example of a conversation employing the new, improved communication skills of many neo-grammarians:

Yesterday when I saw my best friend on the street I go, "So how are you?" And she goes, "I'm fine, but hasn't this summer been the worst?"

So I went , "Oh, I don't know, I never leave the house so I didn't notice except I have been wearing sweaters when I'm forced to walk down the driveway to pick up the mail." 

Then she went, maybe you should move to Provence? I go, "Are you crazy? That's way too far from Paris."

She went, "You've got a point, but why don't you buy another house?"

I go, "Two houses?" She goes, "Why not?"

Then I went ballistic and I go, "You really are crazy."

I think you get the drift. And the fun thing about "to go" is that it has present and past tenses but no future which sadly often forces speakers to turn to the boring over-used "to say" when they're caught in a future conundrum.

I will say this, we are dealing with one of the worst -- in my opinion -- examples of the deterioration of a language.

I mean, you know? You know what I mean?

Coming up, because I must go to Paris now, all answers to your travel packing questions, working from home, and more will be addressed. And, if I don't Cherie will.

Mme. P asked Cherie what perfumes she wears. I can answer that question for her. She may have added a new one, but I am not au courant.

Cherie wears: Parfum D'Hermes, Aromatics Elixir and occasionally Chanel Monsieur (it is divine on women). In her youth -- well, both of us actually -- wore L'Air du Temps -- every-single-product in the line one on top of the other: soap, bath gel, body cream, powder, eau de cologne and perfume. I believe Estée Lauder many years later invented the term "fragrance layering" but obviously we were ahead of the curve as always.

Since the fragrance never seemed to last we made quite an impact entering together. Those were the days. . .

You can imagine.


Deb said...

Like , I TOTALLY get you about grammar. DUH, I mean, REALLY!
Seriously, the "I go" makes me crazy- right up there with
" these ones" .

une femme said...

I'll sometimes slip into "she goes" when I'm conversing casually, but never when I'm writing! In fact, I think doing more writing has improved my conversational grammar.

Frugal Scholar said...

I have all sorts of pet annoyances in the grammar/ussage department, but my friend the linguist is very mellow--he's into descriptive rather than prescriptive language. So we can all relax.

Patti @ NotDeadYet Style said...

I'm pretty relaxed in my speech, but a bit of a grammar marshall in my writing. If I miss an "its/it's" when I write, I am embarrassed.

Charlotte Holmes said...

I'm assuming you know Raymond Carver's short stories. He has a great knack for picking up these mannerisms & using them to define characters.

My bugaboo (one among many) is "like." Sometimes in class, a student will use the word so often that I start counting. "So I'm like reading this story and I'm thinking like what's wrong with this character, she's like the stupidest person on the planet or like she's totally perverse or something."

Speech habits are difficult to break.

kathy peck said...

Very funny post. I've been in Italy for 3 weeks, so I must catch up on the past ones. Thanks for answering the perfume question. Madame P

Debora said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and pushing 'the button'. I'm new here and enjoying your blog immensely. It's like finding a shiny new magazine with all kinds of articles you can't wait to read.
I went to my hubby and go, "This is a really cool blog," and he was reading the paper so he went, "Uh, huh, that's nice." And I go, "Are you listening to me at all?"
Well, I gotta go now...

ida said...

I think I know what you mean!!!

My pet hate is 'Hi guys' to all the sexes.

The younger Brits seem to finish sentences with 'you know' even William & Harry!! No I do not know what you mean.

Enough, enough said off to have a read. Ida

Young at Heart said...

and having a catch -up....definately going to seek out Eucerin.....and yes ...I was listening to a chap on the phone while on the bus and he used 'yeah mate' as punctuation throughout his conversation......

helen tilston said...

On entering stores "hello there" (my name is not "there"). I say thank you to someone for holding the door and the response "no worries". I say do you remember last season you had a striped tee shirt, response, yeah,yeah, yeah, yeah yeah and yeah, yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Did you have a good vacation? Well, no yeah, like yeah

We are all noticing it and like your reader une femme mentioned her writing has made her more conscious of grammar.
Helen xx

Karena said...

Tish you know I get you totally, you know. Oh and you know I really want to try the Chanel Monsieur, you know...


Art by Karena

Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen said...

I wore L'Air du Temps as a teenager- I still recognize the bottle! I switched to Guerlain in college and I've never looked back. I'll wear Samsara until they discontinue it. Perfume defines you like little else.

tiffany rose said...

Your post reminds me of the time we were having dinner out and the next table of loud and talkative teenagers used "to like" for "to say" in EVERY instance. (And he was like, so what's going on? And I was like, not much ...) It was amusing for perhaps 5 minutes and then I was like I wanted to run out of there screaming!

tiffany rose said...

So that wasn't entirely accurate ... they used "was like" for "said" and it was the only verb tense used in the non-stop chatter.

As for overused, annoying phrases ... I once worked for a woman who seldom had anything meaningful to say. She'd string together cliches to form a sentence. (These are folks who roll up their sleeves to work the process up and down the food chain.) In my defense, I didn't interview with her to get my job, she was appointed after I was hired. Thank goodness we both went on to other positions.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

For me it's always Diorissimo.
And the word I detest today is "awesome". A beautiful word that had been bastardized beyond all recognition. Sigh.

Splenderosa said...

Yeah, I so totally know.
And, for me, it's Cartier So Pretty.

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