Originally Posted by mediocrefunkybeat
Quite right Andy. I just get tetchy about the use of the language, particularly as I'll be teacher training next year. I'm that guy that gets highly irritated when shops have an apostrophe in the wrong place and when supermarkets have a sign that reads: 'Ten items or less'.
It really is a lovely veneer. I'm impressed to say the least.
It can be very annoying. However, it's not always people's fault. For example, they may have a social disorder like Asperger's that makes it difficult for them to communicate how they're feeling. But people never think about that, they automatically assume that if someone says the wrong thing then they must be a complete idiot or a dickhead... I think if you're going to be a teacher then it's especially important to think about the people you may be teaching who have mental conditions that may make communication with them more difficult.