Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Three Random Thoughts.

I frequently see the word Yum or Yummy on Twitter food-related posts. Appropriately, from female posters. If you are a man and you use the word Yum, you need to stop. Seriously.

I hear the following phrase a few times a year: "You have two choices, you can either do X or Y." Shouldn't the statement be, "You have A choice, you can either do X or Y." Doesn't the word choice imply an option of at least two possibilities? Why two choices instead of a choice?

Everyone needs to stop using the contracted word, veggies, for the real word, vegetables. It was okay for a while, now it's just annoying. I am starting to get nauseated when I hear or read the word, veggies.

That's it, you may continue with what you were doing.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I suppose I have two choices: either I commend you for your yummy yum post or I go eat some veggies.

Scott said...

Depends on whether you mean to use choice as a noun or a verb. A choice (verb) would mean you have the action of choosing. To have choices A or B is use of the word as a noun signifying A is one choice and B is another choice. The statement seems grammatically correct either way depending on how you think about.

Francis Shivone said...

*laughing* Good one. *laughing*

Francis Shivone said...

Actually Scott, I was wondering about that but couldn't quite formulate the thought. I have some work to do still.

Lynn said...

Or (from your friendly walking thesaurus): "You have two *options*."

I guess Veggieburgers are not an option, chez vous? [I slay myself.]

Michael Bourgon said...

Henry Rollins has a great bit about being in Germany at a roadside diner, and they were basically out of everything except "Chef's Choice". When asked what it was, the waiter said: "Your choice is fish."

Francis Shivone said...

Lynn -- "Vegetable hamburger" is an oxymoron. And something I never have been able to understand. Thanks.

Michael: Funny. I like it. As always, thanks for the comment.

Anonymous said...

"Choice" is never a verb. The verb form of "choice" is "choose."

Francis Shivone said...

Anonymous: Ahhh, the plot thickens . . .

Anonymous said...

I have heard a certain elegant English woman and her lovely daughter use the term "veg" for vegetables. I asked the lovely daughter to stop the violence to my ears.