Originally Posted by Shorty
I've had it! This epidemic has to stop.
This is going to be my shame file.
If you don't want to be in it, don't write things like this:
Personally, I have no desire to buy anything from TM,
If it's what YOU think, or what YOU are going to do, the "PERSONALLY" bit is redundant, so STOP IT!!!!!!! Please!!!!
Use "personally" only if people would otherwise think that someone else did it or thought it.
Eg. The manager of the plumbing company said that he PERSONALLY repaired the pipes, whereas you'd otherwise assume it would be an employee.
Anytime I see "Going forward" it's getting a mention too. These idiotic BS "business language" atrocities have no place in normal conversation. Use that term in a meeting, let alone in a frickin' golf forum and you've lost the respect of every semi-literate person around. There is nothing wrong with "from now on" or "in the future".
Going forward, I, personally, am compiling a list. I won't name names.
Shame me if you like for being a jerk or for any other reason, but FFS, it's out of control.
I'm going to attempt to shame you and everyone else who agrees with you.
The purpose of language is to convey thoughts. If you understand what the person meant, they succeeded. End of story.
People use idioms to convey messages. If the reader understands the idiom, even if grammatically incorrect, they succeeded in communicating their thought. Saying "it is what it is" is shorter than saying "This circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists." Valuing brevity as we do, idioms are useful, if not essential.
People write variations of "I personally" because they want to reader to understand, as @Golfingdad
said, that they are not applying that opinion to anyone else. Every one of you understands that, so what's the problem? Writing does not always successfully convey tone and is easily susceptible to misunderstandings. What's wrong with adding something which, though perhaps redundant, helps to convey your thought more accurately.
Sure, you could achieve the same thing by writing clearer but that may not be enough. What good is being correct if its misunderstood? Maybe shorty will understand correctly but the idiot trying to convince the writer that he's going to be a Tour Pro because he's 13 years old and can hit the ball 375 yards once a week might not be as wise (or as careful) as shorty and misinterpret the sentence. Then we spend 29 posts explaining that it wasn't meant to be offensive and generally flaming each other, all to save Shorty & Co. the trouble of reading a second word where one could have sufficed.
Hell, Shorty says "These idiotic BS "business language" atrocities have no place in normal conversation" but "BS" is short for bull shit, which is animal waste. Words are not literally things that come out of a bull after it eats--its an expression that we all understand. The only difference between "bullshit" and "it is what it is" is that Shorty likes it. like it.
And yes, the sentence, "Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo" may be grammatically correct, but it doesn't make any f'ing sense and not a single person here would understand it if they hadn't previously looked it up. Sure, you can write correctly and get all haughty and feel good about yourself, but at the end of the day, you're just stroking your own ego.
Its sort of a jerk thread so I don't think I have to sugar coat it. But I say this with love, see:
To be honest, I personally believe, that at the end of the day, it is what it is; therefore, I going forward I will continue to utilize idioms that accurately convey my thoughts and I literally couldn't care less what the rest of you of you think about that.
P.S. I'll be sure to follow up with a status later.