Max (hawkida) wrote,
Max
hawkida

Annoying phrases

Listening to Radio 4 is probably bad for my blood pressure.

Presenters: stop saying "of course" when you're adding extra information regarding a story or a person! If it's so obvious it's worth adding "of course" then it's probably too obvious to mention. And when I don't know the stuff that follows the "of course" it makes me feel like you're patronising me and that doesn't really encourage me to keep listening.

I know half the country says "PIN number" but NEWSREADERS? On Radio 4? Shame on you.

Stop telling me I can podcast BBC content. I bloody can't*. Podcasting is what YOU do, I subscribe to your podcast. I can't podcast your content any more than I can broadcast it and nobody goes around telling me to "Broadcast the chart show on Sunday!".

And then there are the phrases that they keep using because the whole world does, but they're STUPID phrases:

"Organic produce" should not be a subset of produce. Fruit and veg and meat are not minerals, they are organic. Who let them steal the word and redefine it to be a subset of what it used to define... that's not going to cause any confusion, is it?

"Identity theft" is not theft! You can't steal an identity outside of SF. If you start with an identity, it doesn't go away because someone else is claiming to be you. It's identity spoofing, or fraud or something, it's not a bloody theft!

And similarly, the details of millions of benefit recipients have NOT been lost, they've been compromised. They've still got the originals, haven't they? ... haven't they?


*Although I'm happy to have a job that means I currently *am* part of that process.
Tags: annoying, english, radio4
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