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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Sort of like with "all due respect," when it's clear the speaker thinks no respect is due.
    Sometimes, that's the point.
    If this is to end in fire
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    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?

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    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by agalisgv View Post
    Around here, those are terms of endearment said between women.
    I like the parts of the country where you can call someone "honey" and they don't get huffy about it and snap, "I'm not your honey!" Sure, it isn't appropriate to call someone "honey" in a corporate boardroom, but a waitress at Waffle House calling you that? It's called being friendly.

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    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"!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kruss View Post
    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.
    Oh I HATE this. Lots of companies train their employees to do this because it is more personal. The thing is, it is almost NEVER their pleasure to do whatever it is you asked. "Your welcome" would be a whole lot more sincere. Because most people would be honest in saying that, I think most people do have pride in doing their job well. But a job is not a pleasure, and fixing whatever whiny complaint a customer has is not 'my pleasure' to almost anyone.

    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)

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    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."

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    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.
    It wasn't about correcting grammar -- I make that mistake all the time and, in my case, it isn't always a typo -- just explaining the actual meaning of the expression that most of us take for granted.

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    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.

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    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"

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkats View Post
    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 was in a salon one day getting my hair colored and the woman in the next chair talked like that. Every single word. And in one of those whiny baby voices. She had teenage children no less. When she was done and left, the stylist doing her hair went off on how he has no idea how her husband and children listen to that all the time because having her in the chair for an hour makes him want to cut off his own ears. Later, my stylist left town and that guy did my hair for years. I used to be a smart ass and talk like that once in awhile to make him cringe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    When someone doesn't know you (waitresses, checkout ladies), clearly there is no endearment involved.

    In FL, it comes off as the extension of "Bless your (or her) heart," which is Florida lady passive / agressive BS for she/you are a total loss.
    That's 'cause y'all are a bunch of Yankee transplants .

    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by heckles View Post
    I like the parts of the country where you can call someone "honey" and they don't get huffy about it and snap, "I'm not your honey!" Sure, it isn't appropriate to call someone "honey" in a corporate boardroom, but a waitress at Waffle House calling you that? It's called being friendly.
    Exactly.

    Given the choice between being called "M'aam" and "Honey" or "Sweetie," I'll take the latter two any day of the week.

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    Cyn, what I'm hating is not sweetie, or even honey, but Hun. As in Atilla.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DORISPULASKI View Post
    Cyn, what I'm hating is not sweetie, or even honey, but Hun. As in Atilla.
    I don't like "honey dumplings" as a term of endearment. Sure, call me honey all you want, but don't compare me to fried doughnut balls.

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    I'm afraid to say anything around here now

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    Quote Originally Posted by heckles View Post
    I don't like "honey dumplings" as a term of endearment. Sure, call me honey all you want, but don't compare me to fried doughnut balls.
    But fried doughnut balls are yummers!

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    But fried doughnut balls are yummers!
    Not if I make them for you. Then you'll really have "first world problems".

    Just sayin'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sofia Alexandra View Post
    Saying "chop chop!" doesn't make me do something quicker, it makes me want to punch the speaker in the face. But, as I'm not a violent person, I don't do punching. I just do whatever it is I'm supposed to do much slower than I normally would.
    Oh I hate that. My husband uses that phrase all the time. Drives me nuts. I respond with " whatever," which he also uses way too often.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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