January 12, 2004

'Puter

Anyone else out there hate it when someone says "'puter" when they mean their computer? Yeah, I know it's just an abbreviation. And I've never heard anyone say it aloud, I've only seen it in writing. But it still rubs me the wrong way. The same way "blog" really rubbed me the wrong way in the beginning, though I have reluctantly accepted it.

For the first time today I said "might should" within a sentence. "I might should build a new version of the software." I meant "Perhaps I should..." Unfortunately "might" came out of my mouth and then I had to follow it with "should" to recover the sentence.

I apologized to my listener, and promised never to use the phrase again. Of course, he's a Brit, so he probably thinks we all talk funny anyhow and "might should" may be no worse than other accepted contortions. But I won't say it again.

Posted by James at January 12, 2004 2:03 PM
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Alan Dean Foster used it at least once in the novelization of Star Wars. I thought it was goofy. Since I was only 9, my goofy detector wasn't fully formed, but it still went off.

Posted by: julie at January 13, 2004 1:13 PM

The only place I've ever heard the word 'puter spoken was in the movie Hackers (one of my all time favorites).

I also hate the word blog and use it only sparingly.

Posted by: Bil at January 13, 2004 1:19 PM

I guess Foster figured that if someome would say "'droid" then they would also say "'puter."

Hackers! Haven't seen that in a while!

Posted by: James at January 13, 2004 1:24 PM

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