If one more motherfucker corrects someone by starting with “Um…”, there’s going to be carnage.
CARNAGE, I SAY.**
Well, okay. No carnage. But why? Why in the blue fuck do you have to do it? Do you feel better about yourself by adding that smarmy little word at the beginning? Do you? [I know, I know – “Why, yes. Yes, I do.”]
For those of you who haven’t seen this phenomenon [and I think most of you have], here’s an example:
Poster 1: AFAIK, Joey Ramone only released one solo album.
Poster 2: Um, no. There’s another collection of solo work slated to be released.
Um, how about shutting the fuck up, you know-it-all cunt? I’m glad you feel so superior now that you got a chance to correct someone in a public forum. Please feel free to make with fucking the fuck off now. Take those two smarmy letters and shove them straight up your fucking ass.
First person to reply with the word “Um” likes to fuck his sister in the ear.
I absolutely agree. It really chaps me when people do that. So someone knows more about something than someone else. So what? Big freakin’ deal! Make your correction if you must, be courteous about it, and don’t be an ass.
Um, I think it’s a perfectly valid device for lending one’s reply a certain tone. FWIW, I feel exactly the same way about smileys as the OP does about “Um,” which at least has the advantage of being part of the written communication and not the lazy avoidance of more precise writing that the smiley represents.
That “um, I’m sorry but I believe I will have to correct you,” thing reminds me of High Fidelity. I think the character’s name was Dirk but it might have been Dick. Whenever someone on the internet does it I can’t help but imagine they are really little and timid and bald and that they carry a man purse to keep their nerd shit in.
Um, don’t you think this is a bit arrogant and condescending, chatelaine? Not to mention arbitrary? First of all, I missed the memo that announce your appointment as Subtlety Czar. Second, I’ve always understood “er” to be the British way of spelling “uh” (think about it). No one–NO ONE I tell you–says “er” without first having seen it in print.
I for one think eithe spelling conveys the same sentiment–“I, uh, shouldn’t have to be pointing this out, because it’s pretty damn obvious and you shoulda looked it up before you started a pit thread on it.”