Post by steveski
Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
Agreed; and "hit" rather than "press" (e. g. the return key). But I fear
we're stuck with it - like "can I get", which bugs me more than it ought
Oh, yes indeedy!
Drives me potty - but that's the 'creeping monoculture' for you. We *are*
the 51st State already, it's just that most people don't realise it.
If I have to rationalise my dislike of it, it isn't anti-USism (I find
it irritating in US drama too): it's the loss of a distinction. To me,
"can I get x" is an enquiry as to whether x is available, whereas "may I
have x", or even "can I have X" or just "X" (which isn't impolite if
said nicely) is a request to be served with x.
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
There are a lot of things that children should be shielded from, but
"bad language" isn't one of them.
"Honey, we shouldn't say that when other people are around because some
grownups get upset about it. No, I don't know why, they just do."
- "The Real Bev", in mozilla.general 2015-6-7