I am not sure why this has been really bugging the crap outta me lately. It’s not new, of course, but it does seem to me that people are doing it to excess lately, and after a certain point, it just sets my teeth on edge.
I am talking about when someone is being interviewed about something that happened to them or something they did or experienced. And it goes like this:
Q: So, when you realized that the sky was falling directly on your head, what was that like?
A: Well, it’s like you have this moment, when you know that the world is going to come to an end. You’ve been thinking about it your whole life, and now it’s really happening to you. You stop and ask yourself: “Can this really be happening?” Then you look around and you notice pieces of the sky falling on your head and clinging to your hair. Your hair is blonde and the sky is blue so it’s really noticeable. Then you ask your wife if she sees it too…
And for a long time I thought it was only really bad when they it was someone who was talking about something they had done that they were ashamed of, so they were distancing themselves from the act by persisting in the use of second-person. But no, it’s pervasive.
It just seems to me, in my stupid example, that the use of “you” becomes ridiculous and irritating by the fourth sentence… No, not “You” - I - this was NOT a universal experience, this was YOUR experience. Own it. Stop saying you.
Just a very small expression of irritation, not pitworthy. Thank you for giving me the space to express…