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Things that annoy
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There are a lot of things that are annoying me way more than can possibly be rational lately. Let's have a ranty post.

1. "Oh, it must be global warming". No. No it mustn't. Just because it's an unusually warm day in February is in no way evidence for global warming. Nor is there any particular reason to believe that it wouldn't have been that way without global warming. The existence of global warming is now demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt (as I understand it; IANA climatologist) but doing so took an awful lot of debate between an awful lot of smart people looking at an awful lot of data. It is not something that has anything to do with "hey, it's sunny today".

2. *shrug*. It may just be me but I always read this as the world's most obnoxious and passive-aggressive emote. It always comes across to me as shorthand for "well, I think that you're completely wrong, but I honestly don't give enough of a damn about you to try to argue". That may or may not be how it's intended, but that's always how I read it.

3. Those bloody annoying things that people have on their userinfo pages saying how many days/weeks/month it has been/will be since/until some sort of event. Honestly what's wrong with just saying "such a thing happened on $date"?

4. Wattage. Tonnage. Yardage. Ampage. Anythingelseage. The words are "power", "mass" (or "weight"), "distance" and "current". I have never understood why people insist on doing this, and I hope I never will.

5. People I don't like showing up in completely unexpected places. OK, so this is actually a rational dislike, but it still annoys me.

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2. That's certainly how I always intend it, but I don't mean it passive-aggressively. I just assume everybody else knows what I mean, and is taking it at face value, as though I actually had said "Hey, I disagree with you (a lot), I just don't care enough to argue about it".

3. Those only annoy me when several of them say the same thing. One for how long since the baby was born, one for how long you've been breastfeeding, one for how old the child is... ARGH! They're all the flipping SAME!

4. M-W has the following information:

Wattage is cited from 1903.
Tonnage is cited from the 15th century
Yardage is cited as from at least as early as 1900.
Ampage... isn't listed.

Even if they were all new coinages (cited in the 14th century, though I know that's not the sort of -age you mean), the fact is that people do it because it's understood. Language changes. You can get used to it, or you can spend the rest of your life bitterly writing angry letters to the editor about Youth Today.

4. Yeah, I know. Like I said, these are things that annoy me irrationally. I'm mostly a descriptivist when it comes to language, except for a few things which really annoy me for which I'm perfectly willing to abandon my principles and become a staunch prescriptivist, even when the weight of centuries of use is against me.

Seriously though, it's not so much something I think that people shouldn't use, so much as something that I just wish they wouldn't.

Got it. Lately, I haven't been understanding anybody on the first shot, oy.

Now that I get it - it's something like my irrational dislike of "and I" where people really mean "and me", isn't it.

"Ampage" may not be in there, but "amperage" is cited from 1893.

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