Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)

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Which of these words is more annoying?

Y'all
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Yikes
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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Vermilion » Wed May 15, 2019 8:00 am

Y'all don't like these words? Yikes!

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by Victor Mildew » Wed May 15, 2019 8:17 am

Can we also add the following please?:

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Balladeer » Wed May 15, 2019 8:30 am

There’s a whole list of business buzzwords that are more annoying than either. ‘Deep dive’ anyone? ‘Horizon scanning’?

But I use y’all quite frequently to differentiate between plural and singular ‘you’, so yikes it is. Especially ‘hard yikes’.

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by Vermilion » Wed May 15, 2019 8:51 am

One term i don't like is how the word 'drop' is now used to describe a song/movie/something else that has just come out.

You don't 'drop' them, they are released, if you dropped them you'd have to pick them up again afterwards.

The whole thing gets a massive yikes from me.

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by Tafdolphin » Wed May 15, 2019 8:52 am

I don't understand any of this.

I dislike business speak as it's usually euphemistic nonsense used to conceal undesirable tasks or mandates, but apart from that it's all good.

Prescriptivism is bad y'all.

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by Karl_ » Wed May 15, 2019 8:59 am

At the risk of being prescriptive, is disliking certain words inherently prescriptivist? I haven't seen anyone say "yikes" isn't valid English, just that they find it annoying.

I don't get all the hate either though. "Y'all" is just a normal Americanism and "yikes" can be a very funny dismissive when used properly.

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by Tafdolphin » Wed May 15, 2019 9:06 am

Karl_ wrote:At the risk of being prescriptive, is disliking certain words inherently prescriptivist? I haven't seen anyone say "yikes" isn't valid English, just that they find it annoying.

I don't get all the hate either though. "Y'all" is just a normal Americanism and "yikes" can be a very funny dismissive when used properly.


I always thought of prescriptivism as a resistance to language change and belief in a 'proper' use of language.

"[Prescriptivism is the] policy of describing languages as we would like them to be, rather than as we find them.
How Language Works

Criticism of expanding vocabulary is very much a part of the viewpoint. I don't think it's a stretch to apply it here.

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by Karl_ » Wed May 15, 2019 9:08 am

Fair enough!

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by OrangeRKN » Wed May 15, 2019 9:23 am

Tafdolphin wrote:Prescriptivism is bad


Don't you live in France

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by Jenuall » Wed May 15, 2019 9:23 am

Y'all is definitely annoying.

Especially Y'all Balgruuf. ;)

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by Preezy » Wed May 15, 2019 9:28 am

If you use y'all and you aren't from America, this is NOT ok smh

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Tafdolphin » Wed May 15, 2019 9:34 am

OrangeRKN wrote:
Tafdolphin wrote:Prescriptivism is bad


Don't you live in France


I do.

EDIT: If this is an Academie Francais reference then...urgh. strawberry float those guys.

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by OrangeRKN » Wed May 15, 2019 9:46 am

Tafdolphin wrote:
OrangeRKN wrote:
Tafdolphin wrote:Prescriptivism is bad


Don't you live in France


I do.

EDIT: If this is an Academie Francais reference then...urgh. strawberry float those guys.


:lol: It was

Can't agree with the blanket "prescriptivism is bad" though. While language evolves and attempting to keep it entirely static is folly, a degree of prescriptivism is vital. A common, mutual understanding of language is an essential underpinning of the rule of law.

Prescriptivism is also useful in preserving written history and its understanding, and promoting clarity and precision in meaning in areas where those aspects very important and highly valued, such as the sciences.

Basically, there are use cases in which precise and codified language is useful if not essential.

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Fade » Wed May 15, 2019 9:53 am

Neither

The correct answer is headed. Because people including journalists use it incorrectly all the time and it makes me want to jump out of a window

"Pokémon is headed to switch"

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by Karl_ » Wed May 15, 2019 9:57 am

@OR: What's considered precise/clear technical language has changed with usage through the centuries too though. I'm not saying "dictionaries bad" or that no-one can be criticised for using incorrect/unclear words, but arguments from the dictionary against popular usage are almost always on the wrong side of history IMO.

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by Tafdolphin » Wed May 15, 2019 10:01 am

Karl_ wrote:@OR: What's considered precise/clear technical language has changed with usage through the centuries too though. I'm not saying "dictionaries bad" or that no-one can be criticised for using incorrect/unclear words, but arguments from the dictionary against popular usage are almost always on the wrong side of history IMO.


Yeah, this is pretty much where I am with it all.

I suppose you could say I was referring to practical prescriptivism being bad rather than historic, or theoretical, prescriptivism.

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by Moggy » Wed May 15, 2019 10:14 am

Karl_ wrote:@OR: What's considered precise/clear technical language has changed with usage through the centuries too though. I'm not saying "dictionaries bad" or that no-one can be criticised for using incorrect/unclear words, but arguments from the dictionary against popular usage are almost always on the wrong side of history IMO.


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by OrangeRKN » Wed May 15, 2019 10:16 am

I think we'd agree then that some degree of prescriptivism is good and useful, but extreme prescriptivism is bad.

Also yikes is genuinely annoying, but through overuse more than anything inherent ;)

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Wedgie » Wed May 15, 2019 10:33 am

Really the only person I know who use “Yikes” is Shaggy.

And he’s a fictional character.

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PostRe: Which of these words is more annoying? (sry for clickbait)
by Preezy » Wed May 15, 2019 10:38 am

Doesn't Shaggy say zoiks/zoinks?

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