Tuesday, October 07, 2008
1) I was just about to write the phrase 'for example', decided it was over-used and was going to employ 'for instance' instead. I didn't, however, because, somehow 'for instance' sounds vulgar, even illiterate. Why is that?
2)Almost everybody on television news shows now starts answers to questions with the word 'Look'. I think this comes from America, at least that's where I first noticed it. Fox News is now a blizzard of looks. But 'look' is now definitely over here. For me, it is a touch brutal, as in 'You are completely wrong, now listen to what I have to say, you ignorant clod', but it's probably just a nervous tic as in 'I really don't know what I am talking about, but I'd better sound as confident as I can'. You get that a lot at the end of the world.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 9:23 am