Sitting in the office yesterday, minding my own business. I heard someone say that they would reach out to the client. Now, I had heard this on some American TV series and thought nothing of it. Another Americanism that just made my scrotum retract into my body. I’m all for the evolution of language. Welcome it with open arms and a big wet slobbery kiss. But coming from the mouth of an English person, it just seemed wrong. An affectation. Like white men pretending to be black. Englishmen with American accents. Dick Van Dyke trying to do an English accent and sounding like an Australian with a speech impediment.
Maybe I will warm to this new addition to the English language but if I’m honest I would rather batter them severely about the chest and neck if they said it to me at the moment. Maybe I am getting old and reluctant to change. Hard to imagine, I’m such a friendly soul.