We’ve talked about those grammatically incorrect words & phrases that annoy us (Could care less, etc.). These are grammatically correct phrases that annoy me:
- Gave up for adoption. Let me tell you something right now, any child that has been PLACED FOR ADOPTION has NEVER been given up on. It takes an incredible amount of courage and selflessness to make an adoption plan for your child. Adoptive parents may not know everything about their children’s birth parents but one thing they do know is that terminating parental rights (in most cases) is no easy decision. Allowing your child to be adopted is one of the most loving things you can do. Just think about it, you’re hoping and praying and trusting that your child will now have a better life than the one you could give him. That is NOT giving up on your child.
- Your Own. As in “child of your own”. As in “Oh, since you’re adopting does that mean you can’t have kids of your own?” Implying that our children will be something less than legitimate or not wholly loved because they are adopted. They aren’t rentals, people! They are as much our own as any child we could have given birth to. Please erase that phrase from your vocabulary.
- Seed. Like Duke is the third seed in the basketball tournament. ( I don’t know what their real position is, just using them as an example). The word “seed” makes no sense to me here. Seat would make more sense. Like how violinists are first chair and whatnot. The seed thing always drives me nuts this time of year.
- Sleeping together. Or “I slept with him”, etc. WE ALL KNOW there was no sleeping involved so call a spade a spade! That’s like me saying I went out racing every time I get in the car to run errands. I may never get my car over 45 miles an hour in town but I’m telling people I went racing? Say what you mean!!! I bet you weren’t even tired!
What phrases/sayings get on your nerves?