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I wonder..... just a random thought.... see, you were warned

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Home Builder with ODaniel Homes

Being person who writes much the same as I speak, I wonder if that's the case for most other folks too?  What makes me wonder about it is just a simple matter of listening to others speak and knowing I don't speak the same as many of those people to whom I listen.  Okay, okay.... so I made the last sentence grammatically correct.... shoot me.  But......

This is vaguely what I remember of a conversation yesterday........

"I was wondering if like, you might need some help.  I was like, talking to one of my friends the other day and like, she told me that you might be hiring a new secretary?  

I've been giving some thought to hiring a secretary that has a bit of bookkeeping experience also.  Are you familiar with Quickbooks at all?

I'm like a little familiar with it but not like a whole lot.  I can type like 75 words a minute though and I use Excel a little but like I didn't know you would be looking for someone to do that much.  How.  Like.  What would the hours be like?

If I hire someone, the hours will be M-F from 7:30 to 5:00 with an hour for lunch at Noon.

Like, how, could I leave at like 3:00 so I could be at school by 4:30 because I'm going to school and I have class from like 4:30 to 6:00 in the afternoons?

Tell you what... I'm not sure I'm going to hire someone, but leave me your contact information and I may give you a call if I decide to hire someone. 

 

Sadly, this conversation took place with someone who was in their late 20's.  Not a high schooler looking for a summer job or anything.  Not to turn a simple musing into a rant, but, I absolutely detest the misuse of the word "like".  The word "how" is quick becoming, I've noticed, the runner-up word of choice in the further mutilation of the English language.  What I really wonder is if these people write the same as they speak.  Should they be taking an English class and writing anything whatsoever, they can't possibly write as they speak else they would fail the class miserably.  Also, how can someone have class only from 4:30 to 6:00 in the afternoons?  You either have class or you do not.  You may attend classes from 4:30 to 6:00 in the afternoons, but it's my belief if you speak as she does, you can't possibly know what class "is" much less have any. 

If this is to be the cultural norm for our society, builders and real estate agents of the future may sound similar to the following:

Hi.  My name is like, Doofuss.   I'm like a builder of fine custom homes here in the area and like I want to talk to you about how, like, I can talk to you about building your house.  How, like... do you have a real estate agent or like do you have a lot pick how already?  How'd I hear you were going to build?  Well, I was talking to like one of my friends and like he said you might be building instead of buying.

 

You can easily see where the rest of the ranting could have gone from there, but for now, I'll spare you the agony of like, reading some more of, like, a ranting about a situation how, like, I cannot change nor can you.  Like, if you ever catch me speaking in this manner, can you, like, spare me of embarrassing myself further and just frickin' shoot, like, me and stuff?   

Have a spoofy day! 

Comments (6)

Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best
I am with you!  I correct my teenage daughters all the time.  Perhaps the person you interviewed was a little nervous?  I hope that was the case.  It is hard to believe the grammar was that bad at that age.  I would be curious to know if this person would use my least favorite error referring to you as a Realitor!
Apr 17, 2008 12:39 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor
Clay, great story. The word "like" has crept into the vocabularly - sometimes as a substitute for "umm." We used to hears a lot of "umms" when someone was nervous or just trying to express themself without a clear idea of what they wanted to say. Now, it's like, well, you know.
Apr 17, 2008 12:58 AM
Leesa Finley
RED Properties - Wake Forest, NC
RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate

Wow - you were like way more patient than like I would have been! 

How irritating and sad at the same time!

Apr 17, 2008 01:04 AM
Ron Parise
LocateHomes.com - Cape Coral, FL

The future is now.

Theres another post here on active rain titled  "Is walking away from foreclosures becoming socially expectable"  Written buy a real estate agent I was amazed by the way she butchered the language.  In the same post she referred to the credit burro.

I wanted to comment, not only expectable, but also acceptable;  Bureau not burro; and post this picture

Credit Burro

And Melody...I dont like to be called a realitor or Realtor. Every day I see more reasons to be embarrassed by my association with that group...I prefer salesman

Apr 17, 2008 01:05 AM
Melody Botting
Broker Associate PenFed Realty - San Antonio, TX
You Deserve The Best

Ron, Ron, Ron what are we going to do with you?  I love being a Realtor and a Real Estate Broker.  We should be very proud!  There are bad apples in very profession.

Apr 17, 2008 05:48 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

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