Monday, July 14, 2008

Stop the Look, Listen

Why do media pundits have to start every comment with "Look,..." or "Listen,...?"

Like, um, uh... just stop it, OK?
(Hey, it's summer. That's as profound as I get, this time o' year)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's what I say to people when they sneeze, instead of "bless you".

"Stop that, knock it off."

How they hangin' unk?

11:23 AM  
Blogger deano said...

But if you say 'Look...knock it off,' they should sneeze all over you.

Hangin' eggcellently, they be; cheers to you!

5:56 AM  
Blogger Mark said...

"Look [comma]" to start a sentence is very Australian. Marjorie occasionally drops one, but I always call her on it.

5:29 AM  
Blogger deano said...

For me, it's demanding your listeners' attention. Pushy; a bit rude, even. I'd rather win that listener over... by actually saying something entertaining, or interesting.

Then there's the ever popular sentence caboose:

...',you know?'

I now interpret it as the passive aggressive form of 'Look,'...

The currently fashionable affectation of completing your sentences as if they're questions is just implying 'you know?' - and therefore also P.A.B.!

Look, I'm all hyper-sensitive to these things thanks to Bill Bryson. Read him? He written one on Australia too... you know?

4:53 PM  

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