Thursday, October 13, 2011

Top Ten

Top ten phrases most likely to result in my telling you to get lost*:
1. It goes so fast.
2. It's gonna take a LOT of cardio.
3. I am well, thank you.
4. Just wait until they're teenagers!
5. If you think you're tired now...
6. Losing weight gets harder as you get older.
7. You'll miss this season of life.
8. Oh...can I have paper? Can you re-pack that?
9. Just keep swimming.

And last, but not least...

*The phrase "get lost" is intended to signify two very different words.


kristi noser said...

I learned a lesson from your "I am well, thank you" story. I say "I am well, thank you" all the time, mostly because I am a grammar freak and it's correct grammar to say "well" instead of "good". However, if someone says "I'm good, how are you?" I say "good", so they don't think I am correcting them.

angie said...

seriously! i'm with you on most all of these. funnily enough "hang in there" doesn't much bug me, but whenever someone says it, i ALWAYS think of you!
so ... there you go.

angie said...

p.s. i think you should print this out and hang it at your check-out station re: good vs. well.

or, just print out this little nugget from it:
"But when you say, “I am well,” you're using well as a predicate adjective. That's fine, but most sources say well is reserved to mean “healthy” when it's used in this way (1, 3, 4). So if you are recovering from a long illness and someone is inquiring about your health, it's appropriate to say, “I am well,” but if you're just describing yourself on a generally good day and nobody's asking specifically about your health, a more appropriate response is, “I am good.”"

too much? too bad. thank grammar girl.

Kara Jo said...

I adore you!

Jessie said...

Agree! Especially "wait until they are (insert age)". Another favorite of mine is "oh you're still young though". Sheesh.

Carla said...

Hang in there.