Thursday, January 15, 2009

On shouting at the telly

Please, please tell me I'm not the only one who does this! Oh, I know other people yell at the telly during sportscasts. I know that some people yell at the TV when some or other fulminating politician fills the airwaves with rhetoric. I have been known to startle a passer-by by yelling at the interviewer on a radio station "Africa is not a country, you maroon!" (and, no, that's not a typo - that's my epithet of choice - long story)

But does anyone else yell during the adverts?

There is one advert at the moment that drives me spare. It's for some or other kind of baby milk formula. It starts out by telling us that breast milk is best for our babies. Duh! Then it trots out this peach "But if you decide to move on from breastfeeding..."

If? IF?

There are people who don't decide to move on from breastfeeding? The mind boggles! I once saw a comedy sketch based on this very premise. I didn't find it even slightly funny.

This is the problem with being a pedant... you can't let a thing just go.

I notice things like this. I notice signs with incorrectly positioned apostrophes. I notice songs in which hyperbole is pronounced as hyper-bowl. I cringe at 'nucular'. I mutter over 'your joking' and 'their aren't any left'.

Then I read back over a few of my older posts, and I see that I do it myself from time to time.

I wonder how many pedants are working through learning resources I've developed and tutting about the 'maroon' who wrote it...



Stephen Downes said...

We yell at our local newscaster, who is an obvious Tory shill.

Oh, and I use 'maroon' too, as in "what a maroon!"

Anonymous said...

Karyn - Don't worry you are not alone! I'm a pedant about apostrophes amongst other things. And then, like you, I look back at things I have written and notice I have made mistakes "it's" for "its" and other similar errors - and cringe at my own mistakes.

The upsycho said...

@downes As I wrote that post, for some reason a mental image of you yelling at your TV popped into my head. I never doubted for a moment that you would shout at newscasters. I can also easily picture you shouting at the hockey. I chuckled to learn that you use 'maroon' in exactly the same context I do!


Do you shout at stupid adverts?

@Jane: Hail fellow sufferer, well met!