Saturday, September 27, 2008

"So called" should be banned

Why do so many people use this term? "So called" means that it's not the proper name.

A newsreader on Thursday reported the findings of an investigation into the deaths of two men on the Gold Coast who fell from a swing-stage scaffolding platform when patching concrete.

concrete patchers Chris Gear, 36, and Steve Sayer, 52, fell 26 storeys while working on a highrise complex at Broadbeach.

It is understood the swing scaffolding the men were standing on collapsed. more
The news reader said it happened after a fall from "so-called swing stage scaffolding".

It is not "so-called". The equipment is known as swing stage scaffolding, its proper name is swing stage scaffolding. Everyone in the trade knows it as that.

Do they call things "so-called" if they are unfamiliar with the terminology?

I think I even heard the southern lights called "so-called southern lights" at one stage, and there have been many other examples. The "so-called calving" of icebergs from the ice shelfs. They don't get that it's a term of derision, it doesn't mean that this is what it's called (and if it did mean "this is what it's called" why waste the words?).

It's just one of my pet hates.

I'd like to take to some of these so-called professional spokesheads with my so-called clue bat.

More about the swing stage scaffolding recommendations. Why weren't so many of these recommendations already in place... oh, I forgot, common sense is very uncommon. (There's a link from this release.)


Boy on a bike said...

Don't get me started on people that say "sort of".

I drove to Qld once with a bloke that used it at least twice in every sentence. I punched him every time he said it. As we approached Newcastle on the return leg, he uttered his last "sort of".

My knuckles were pretty sore by then.

kae said...

I listen to the ABC, all the other stations annoy the hell out of me with their idiotic un-funny comedy and so on, so now it's the ABC, might as well, I'm payin' for it!
Anyway, what makes me cringe is people they get to speak on the radio about current events or whatever, and they can't string three words together without ummms and ahhhhs. It's tolerable when it's someone who's not a public speaker or expected to be one, but there was a young girl who used to report on police happenings last year. She was delightful and had an interesting voice and tone. However, she said um a lot. It was so grating. I wonder if she ever heard herself? She would have heard how grating it was. The segment is no longer on (I suppose the powers that be decided that we didn't need to know what the police had been up to - or they haven't been doing anything, which I'd find hard to believe).
There was another boffin interviewed who was very interesting, however, I couldn't listen, too many umms.

Anyone else notice how sometimes people with interesting speech impediments or lisps tend to be chosen as speakers? I often wonder if this is because they have been trained to speak and are good at speaking even with their lisp or whatever.

Another pet peeve with me, before I finish, is the Valley Speak. The insertion of "like" in conversation.

Arrgh. It's like, so Valley!

Sort of.


kae said...

PS Boy, so he was a slow learner?