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Yucky things I’d rather people didn’t say…

…but I put up with them…

…although I do secretly crumple with sadness and worry for humankind a little inside.

1. ‘I’m good’
When asked how they are if people respond with, ‘I’m good’? I think, ‘That’s great but didn’t ask how well behaved you are.’ What wrong with ‘I’m well thanks,’ or ‘I’m fine, how are you?’ or ‘Oh you know… getting by.’ Or how about surprising them with, ‘Still getting over that lottery win!’ Or ‘Just had to have my dog put down and I really need a hug.’

2. ‘My bad.’
Yucketty yuck balls. spit spit spit. Since when did people perform ‘a bad.’? How about the original and best: ‘My mistake,’ or ‘I’m sorry.’ It seems to be the new way of skating around accepting you’ve done something wrong. And it’s twee. I don’t like twee.

3. ‘I apologise.’
Go on then…
We don’t say to our children. ‘I cook your tea,’ and yet do nothing.
We don’t say to our betrothed, ‘I marry you.’ and then not turn up for the ceremony to say ‘I do.’
Worse still is if someone says, ‘If I offended anyone, I apologise.’
No you don’t. Because you haven’t accepted you’ve done wrong.

There are plenty more but I’m going for a walk now. I’m hoping the fresh air and exercise will make me less picky.

‘Catch you later!’
(When you fly through the air and almost land on me)

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. The good/bad ones, I usually hear in films. Therefore they remind me of popcorn and having fun with the kids. I agree with you about “I apologise” — it sounds reserved, although tone of voice makes a lot of difference. “Sorry” cuts through a lot of shit.

    My pet hates include the misuse of ‘like’. “She said that she was, like, tired.” Etc.
    Mnahhhhh, ick.


    • Yeah the like thing gets me too. ‘What – only “like” tired? So choose another word if tired isn’t the one you’re looking for! Oh tired IS the word you were looking for. So not “like” tired then. Just tired.’ Sheesh…


  2. I always get worried when checkout girls in shops say ‘See you later’. What do they know that I don’t?


    • Richard says ‘see you later’ to everyone. The old women in the village must sit up late waiting for him to turn up every night.
      When I first met him and he had no intention of ‘seeing me later’ it used to really irritate me and I felt like saying, ‘Oh that’s nice. What have you got planned for us?’ 😉


  3. I thought saying ‘I apologise’ was apologising.

    Also, how do you feel about the word ‘soz’?


    • ‘I apologise’ is officially apologising. It’s non-committal in my opinion. You’d have to say it pretty emotively to sound even vaguely convincing. Even then I’m suspicious of people that can’t stretch that little bit further to that more personal: I. Am. Sorry. <– Must also be said with feeling. A teenager saying 'I'm sorry, 'kay!?' doesn't work! I really don't see the point if you're not sorry
      I don't like 'soz' but I tolerate it from my teens.
      I'm forty-two. What can I say? We get grumpier as we get older 😉 … and learn to recognise false apologies!


  4. I think that ‘I apologise’ acknowledges that you know something you did something that hurt, or inconvenienced somebody (as opposed to ‘I apologise if…’). So it’s a step in the right direction. But it doesn’t say I’m sorry.

    When you say I’m sorry, it means that you feel bad about it.

    Speaking of which, I can’t stand ‘my bad’.

    I’m 40 and also a bit grumpy. For which I apologise…


  5. rebeccaemin #

    “My bad” is like nails on a blackboard to me. Where on earth did that come from anyway?



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