I’m a know-it-all bastard. I have this annoying tendency to correct people when they speak or write, and have a special loathing for spelling errors. (It’s the 21st century – get a damned spellcheck on your computer!) And for Pete’s sake, stop using apostrophes to make words plural. I saw it on a restaurant menu recently and wanted to scream.
I also tend to point out everyone’s verbal tics. (I have my own, and my quest to overcome them has led me to observe others’) So when I saw an article online about overused words, and read about the recent fixation on the word “absolutely” among public figures, I couldn’t help but snicker.
Sal says “absolutely” more than any person I know. He’s especially fond of saying “absolutely” when describing people’s characteristics, such as “absolutely charming” or “absolutely wonderful.” And for the past couple of days, I’ve been quietly repeating the word “absolutely” to him each time he uses it. He laughs every time, and often tells me (with a goofy smile on his face) to shut up. He’s probably going to punch me before long.
I think for his birthday tomorrow, I will refrain from mocking him. Maybe.
It could be worse… I could be this guy: