A Word-Nerd Rant on this Free Week here at 4F,1H.
There seems to be a new epidemic of these.
I have never heard anyone say “Anyways” in my life and now, it is everywhere. I’ve lived in many places, known many people who learned English as a second language, ( or even fifth language), from all over the world, yet never heard this before. I actually know people who purposely do not speak proper English because they think it sounds snooty, but I have never heard them say this. (Yes, They will purposely say, “He don’t like that”, when they know it is “He doesn’t like that”…I never would have believed there were such people in this world.)
But, here we have “Anyways, as I was saying…” or “I wouldn’t do that anyways.” What are they thinking? It has always been “AnyWAY, as I was saying” and “I wouldn’t do that anyWAY”. Did they hear someone say that and think, “Oh, I must be saying it wrong?” Or do they think it sounds clever, like another pet peeve of mine; “It was so FUN!”?
(Give me a moment while I gnash my teeth.)
It’s driving me batty.
There was a girl in the neighborhood where I lived when I was a kid who insisted on singing *Jingle bells, Jingle bells, jingle all the WAYS* and I couldn’t stop her. I tried to point out that it made no sense and it also does did not rhyme with “sleigh”. It fell on articulately-deaf ears, but that was one silly little 8-year-old.
We also have a new horror: “besides the point”. Really? You can say, “Besides, the sleigh is only going along the way they were headed”, which infers that something is beside the point; the point that is being made. We take beside the point to mean something extra to confirm an argument,(as above), or as an aside, a piece of relevant but non-essential information added to a context: “It wasn’t actually snowing during the ride, but that is BESIDE the point”. “BESIDES the point” makes no sense…do people hear themselves?
So, that is my word-nerd rant this time around. Please let me know what you think.