Okay, by now, I am guilty of at least 3 of these. I say "nice to meet you", "this", and will tell my cat to "chop chop".
I don't use words like sweetie to strangers but I actually like it when strangers call me any of those things. I guess people can use those words sarcastically but, usually, I find they are used by effusive and warm people.
What would Jenny do?
I'm guilty of "nice to meet you" and "yummies" for my pugs' treats. I've had my one little girl pug for nearly 12 years, so I don't plan on starting to call their treats anything else. My girl pug is having a hard enough time seeing and hearing, so I don't think it would be quite fair if I changed the only word she truly loves!
It's interesting because we just went through a seminar at work which dealt with improving customer service. They actually said that saying "You're welcome" after someone thanks us is fine, but it's even better to use more personal phrases like, "my pleasure," etc. I think it's been the norm for ages (at least in my experience) that these little phrases are for use in being polite and nice, i.e., "how are you?", "it's nice to meet you," and such.
I think out of all the things mentioned here, my pet peeve is "it is what it is," mainly because it never refers to anything good.
Otherwise, I'm probably, like, guilty of most of the above. You'd think at my advancing age that I'd give it up at some point.
And yet -- my adult niece once referred to me as the "intelligent" one of the family, and I asked, "why do I always have the moniker of 'intelligent' in this family?" Without batting an eye, she replied, "because you use words like "moniker"!"
Give me one more quiet night, before this loud morning gets it right, and does me in.
I think I read an article in the past year or so of a customer service person who got fired for saying "no problem" rather than "my pleasure". Because it made it sound like the customer was being a hassle (except that is the opposite of what no problem means)
The expression is actually "You're welcome" for "You are welcome." I don't think people really think about what it means; it's just a polite-ism or nicety that folks are used to hearing after "Thank you."
Your was a typo in my post. I was on my phone, there is no optical mouse on this particular phone so it is really hard to go back and correct words.
Oh now I have another one... people who add extra letters to the end of the last word in every sentence. "It's sold outttttt! So unfairrrrr!" For awhile it seemed mostly to be in my sister's preteen crowd, but now I see full grown adults using it, and it's not cutesy anymore. Especially when the word you add a whole row of consonants to is my name it ends in "y", not "yyyyyyy", thank you very much.
I've never been a fan of "awesome." (Unless it's used correctly.)
Reminds me of when people used to say, "OMG! That is soooooo EXCELLENT!" Ugh.
"I hit him with my shoes... if he had given me the medal like I told him to, I wouldn't have had to hit him!" -- 8-year-old Rhoda Penmark in "The Bad Seed"
Having been born in the Deep South and living most of my life here, it's not a term of endearment that implies love or affection; it's an expression of friendliness, kindness, and happiness (it's hard to put into words, but that's kind of an overview). In the small town where I live, it's fairly common for adult women to refer to one another in everything from lunching together to a conversation between a sales associate and a customer. Two women the same age calling one another "Sweetie" happens all day long around here. Ditto for an older woman using it with a younger woman. That being said, it would be uncommon for an 18 year-old woman to refer to a 40 year-old as "Sweetie" -- that would come across as condescending; the same young lady calling an 80 year-old woman in most cases would not.
A lot of it depends on the situation as there are no set rules. I think it's almost instinctive for those raised in the Deep South as we've been raised around it all our lives. I guess it's like that saying about porn -- I can't define it, but I know what it is when I see it" or whatever the phrase is.
Adding a "Bless your heart" after that, though? Is the Kiss of Death.
Given the choice between being called "M'aam" and "Honey" or "Sweetie," I'll take the latter two any day of the week.
Cyn, what I'm hating is not sweetie, or even honey, but Hun. As in Atilla.
Oh, a couple other things that bug me are when people put periods after. every. word. like. this. Also, when people start sentences saying "Girl..." (it's almost always "girl"), like "Girl sure can jump!" about a skater.
I'm afraid to say anything around here now
Not if I make them for you. Then you'll really have "first world problems".But fried doughnut balls are yummers!