The Open University Internet bulletin board specific to the current module (A103) of my course carries two posts in particular that have irritated the hell out of me.
I suppose being irritated by only two posts out of so many isn’t that bad really, but bear with me for a moment.
One is a post from a chap who is looking for some assistance. Fair enough, we’re all keen to help each other.
But in his post he goes on to say: ‘I hope you can advice me‘.
Ffs, get a grip man!
You’re studying for a degree in English Literature and Language and you don’t even have the ability to distinguish ‘advice’ from ‘advise’?
When I was at school one would be on the receiving end of a swingeing punishment for such an awful use of grammar.
The other irritation scratching away like an itch below a piece of flaky skin originates in a thread that was begun to identify students in the Birmingham area.
After several responses from different people a woman responded with ‘Hello Brummies‘.
What the hell?
By what bizarrely twisted version of logic can she even begin to believe that everyone attending study group in the Birmingham area is a Brummie?
Brummie: a native of Birmingham
Has she not heard of (wait for it) travel?
To me her salutation speaks volumes about the cosy, narrow, suburban, white middle-class, sheltered existence that she lives within.
She has clearly experienced so little of life.