I've found a new verbal behaviour that I dislike. Hooray for me. As my grandmother grew older she became more cranky about other people's new-fangled uses of language. I find myself walking the same track.
"Cheers Big Ears"
I became bemused at the recent trend towards people saying "Cheers" instead of "thankyou". Only over the last 10 or so years but instead of "thanks" or "good one" it's now "cheers". Fine, but it just reminds me of a bunch of English people sitting around a pub with a pint of Guinness in front of them - "cheers guvna". Just me. And a little petty I suppose.
My latest pet peeve has been the habit of people to say "what's up" when you contact them. In those two words you are pretty much saying:
"I am a busy person; you have interrupted me but I will make time for you. So please tell me what you want so I can deal with it quickly and get back to my other important things".
Mostly when I take the time to contact people their life gets just a little better. I'm solving a problem for them, spending money on them, doing a job for them or something none to onerous. I'm not the taxman, I'm not the Grim Reaper and when I contact you it's generally not unpleasant. My lovely wife Sylvia might disagree on that one and in her case she may be right. But for all the rest of you outside the inner, inner circle there will always be something in it for you.
So forgive me if you say "hi Cullen what's up", and I reply with:
"no you sound busy call me when you have some time"
I just don't do what's up.