Hey. Y'know what really grinds my gears? When someone asks a question with two possible outcomes, a positive or negative state, and they say "or no", when they really mean, "or not". Here's what I talkin' about:
"You gonna finish those fries or no?"
"I'm going to the grocery store. You need anything or no?"
"I'm ordering pizza. You want some or no?"
"Do you like Chinese food or no?"
You get the idea. The correct word is NOT. OR NOT. You gonna finish those fries or NOT? Do you like Chinese food or NOT? Did you take out the garbage today or NOT? Have you seen Avatar: The Last Airbender or NOT? I HATE when people substitute no for not. I have no idea why, but to my ear this is a recent phenomenon. I never noticed people doing this when I was a kid or a teenager. In fact, I don't think I remember hearing this up until about 5-6 years ago. Now it's completely pervasive. I never hear anything else. Not one single person uses the word "not" in this context anymore. Why the sudden change to this incorrect phrasing?
Now, contrary to what it seems, I'm actually not a grammar nazi. I'm all for slang. In fact, I have a habit of purposely mispronouncing and mutilating words to be funny. Gravatar: The Rast Hairblender. Stuff like that. I don't expect or want people to speak the king's English all the time. I don't want to feel like I'm living in Downton Abbey. What annoys me is simply when something like this becomes so ubiquitous and widespread that it seems like no one even knows that's wrong, or what the correct phrase even is anymore. It's like there was some secret meeting that I wasn't invited to where the whole world decided to permanently change the phrase. Drives me nuts.
And that, ponies, is what grinds my gears. Do you agree with me or no? Does stuff like this annoy you or no? You wanna let me know about it in the comments or no?