It must be something about my zip code, but some people have taken to calling their babysitters nannies.
These people do not have nannies. The college girl you employ does not live with you. She is not the defacto custodian of your children. She alone is not potty training your kids. She shows up in your middle class neighborhood and hangs out in your middle class house with your kids and she makes them lunch, she takes them to the pool or whatever and then she leaves for the day. She is your sitter while you are at work and the kids are not in school. She doesn't help run their lives. She makes sure they aren't dead by the time you get home.
I find this kind of vocabulary inflation incredibly grating. It's a little like having a detached garage and a garden shed and suddenly proclaiming that you live on an estate.
1. West coast folk calling vacation "holiday." We do not go on holiday. I rarely hear this, thankfully. In fact, I could count on one hand the time I have, so it's probably not worth mentioning. But it is eggregious. However, I did hear it once from someone who pronounced a small timber town called Aberdeen as "Aaaaah-ber-deen. It's Aaa is in apple. Nothing fancier than that.
2. Residents of the Northwest who replace "pop" with "soda." This incredible transformation usually happens in college. I am guilty - so fucking guilty - of this one. In fact, today I will get back to my down-heel roots and get back on the "pop" bandwagon. I'd like a pop, please. Hey honey, we're all out of pop. Honey, you drank that last cold pop and didn't put any back in. Practice makes perfect.
3. The pronunciation of pajamas. Say it like "jam" or "pah-jahh-mahs"? Ditto the soda thing. College will corrupt you. Where I come from, your aunt is your "ant" and just like the fruit spread you slather on your toast, you say pa-JAM-ahs. Simple as that.
Back to the nanny thing. It's worse than how the hell you pronounce your drink or the outfit you wear to bed. It strikes me as far more about striving and being something you're not. It's about trying to telegraph to the world with a jackhammer that you're more than you are. Ick.
What else do people say now that drives you insane?