Some months back a number of bloggers were compiling a list of what they would have go into Room 101 never to be seen again. In case you didn’t know what Room 101 is, it is a room that was introduced in the George Orwell novel ‘1984’ and was a torture chamber where the prisoner was subjected to his or her nightmare. It has now become a place where people consign the things they dislike the most.
So, in no particular order, here are mine!
1. The term ‘LOL’.
You will never find me using this term…ever! I can’t stand it. If you want to say that something is funny then just say so for goodness sake!! LOL just conjures up images of people lolling about. It is just annoying! I can’t stand LMFAO and all the other silly shortened terms either!
2. Bad Grammar.
I can understand missing the odd comma or punctuation mark but to use improper English is just ridiculous. ‘Your’ instead of ‘You’re’, ‘could of’ instead of ‘could have’, ‘to’ instead of ‘too’, ‘there’ instead ‘their’, ‘where’ instead of ‘were’ and ‘were’ instead of ‘we’re’….the list goes on.
3. People who whine and moan on Facebook.
Yes, there are people who complain but then there are the constant whingers who complain about EVERYTHING. The weather, their lives, their family, their health, the weather. Get over yourselves!!
4. People who don’t use their indicators in their car.
Why? Your car was fitted with the damned things so bloody well use them! On a roundabout, if you are taking the second exit, then I understand if you are not signalling when you come onto the roundabout but flipping well signal when you are coming off!!
5. Facebook game requests.
No I don’t want to damn well water your seeds or crush your candy or splat your jelly or whatever. The only thing I will do is play Scrabble because it is educational (see point 2!!).
6. The Voice (TV Show).
I have attempted to watch this show for two separate series. It sucks. It is a bunch of sycophantic, ego-gratifying clap-trap. The fact that the celebrity judges gush over the contestants and their voices is just puke-inducing. The trouble is they are building these people up for a massive fall.
7. Singers who can’t sing.
I list among these people Ellie Goulding, Diana Vickers, Rebecca Ferguson and Lily Allen. They all sing in a sort of baby cutesy voice which sounds nothing like their real voice or it sounds like they are talking the song instead of singing it! They are so lacklustre in their singing that they can’t even be arsed to pronounce the words properly either.
8. People who cannot speak properly
The lack of ‘t’s’, ‘g’s’ and ‘th’s’ left in the English language is embarrassing. ‘Ge’in’ – no, it is ‘getting’. ‘Free’ is not the number that follows two. It is not free in the slightest! This also applies to fink, fought and fin all of which change meaning with mispronunciation. The fact that these speakers expect the listener to work out what they mean is both selfish and lazy, not to mention setting a poor example.
9. Inconsiderate Neighbours
No, I do not want to hear your dog barking at midnight, I do not want to hear your child screaming outside my front door whilst playing football in a communal area and I do not want you dropping your rubbish in my garden. Common decency goes an awful long way.
10. People who want your time without giving anything in return.
I am not talking about friends with regards to this, I am more than happy to be there for my friends whenever they need me. It is when a work agreement has been made that I have an issue. The particular example I would like to use is film students or upcoming production companies. If I give my time to a project and, I understand they can’t always pay, then I would at least like a quality copy of the film within a reasonable time frame! To add insult to injury some of them also expect you to spend your time and money to attend an audition for a film you might not get in a film that doesn’t pay you when a perfectly good chat on Skype and copy of your show reel is more than enough to gleen what your capabilities are!
Finally, I just need to add my bad shoulder – it can just go and do one!
There you go…I feel better now! What would you put in your Room 101?