Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:32 UTC
Humor Since I think we haven't been having enough fun lately on OSNews, I decided it's time we do something fun for a change. We all have our little pet annoyances when it comes to other people's comments. Fixed expressions or comment styles that annoy the living daylights out of you. Here are mine.
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"My two cents"
by ProteusQ on Sat 8th Aug 2009 22:42 UTC
ProteusQ
Member since:
2006-05-05

That phrase is equivalent to "IMHO", or "I don't claim to be an authority on this matter -- please accept the following with the same humility with which I present it".

Since it bothers you so much, let us know how to you clarify which of your statements are derived from your expertise and which carry less authority.

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RE: My two cents
by sbergman27 on Sat 8th Aug 2009 23:01 in reply to ""My two cents""
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

That phrase is equivalent to "IMHO", or "I don't claim to be an authority on this matter...

I suspect that what makes the phrase annoying... and it *is* annoying... is a combination of the facts that it it (1) doesn't make a lot of sense, and (2) so many people try to get "creative" with it in stupid ways:

My 2 dollars (Inflation! Ha! Ha! Ha!)
My $0.02 (Normalization! Ha! Ha! Ha!)
My 0.02 Euros (Internationalization! Ha! Ha! Ha!)
My 2 pesos (I don't even know why that's so funny! Ha! Ha! Ha!)

Also, "IMHO" generally comes at the beginning of a post. It's an up-front statement regarding how the comment is intended. "My 2 cents" is an afterthought. All in all, if the intent is to soften one's post and add a sense of modesty, there are far better choices of phrase.

And is it just my imagination, or is the OSNews board screwy today? Blank pages... Blank subject lines... Strange anomalies...

Edited 2009-08-08 23:01 UTC

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