Posted: Jun 6, 2011 12:56 pm
The only language issues I have tried to consciously avoid are the NY/NJ habit of cursing every other word (can't do it in school, even if the kids do) and the "like" and "you know" thing, because it irritates ME.)
So, yeah, I use all of the expressions above, as well as things I pick up from the kids where I work... it's not a conscious choice... more like verbal adaptation to whatever environment I am in. (I find myself saying "y'all" when around people from the south, and caught myself saying "youse guys" the other day! I admit, that one scared me -- clearly, I've been living in Jersey a little too long.)
And, well, my point is -- I don't particularly care if it's irritating or not. Feel free to judge me based on my choice of hairstyle, as well.