One phrase that has been bothering me for a while is when people say, usually via status updates on Facebook or away messages, that they are "with the boyfriend/husband/(term for significant other)."
No, you are with your boyfriend. Actually, the grammar isn't even what bothers me, nor is the objective quality that the boyfriend in question takes by changing the possessive pronoun "my" into a definite article "the." What bothers me about this annoying phrase is that only annoying people use it. Much like how only annoying people use the word "random" to describe a quality of humor.
My best guess as to why this applies to these two examples are as follows:
1) A person who says "the boyfriend" rather than "my boyfriend" is just as likely to say "the dog," although the latter phrase is more understandably impersonal. One who likens their boyfriend to a dog is a shallow, annoying person.
2) A person who uses "random" to describe why something is funny is likely to be uncreative and shallow and will laugh at anything for any reason. One who laughs at anything is an annoying person.
Sorry, it just had to be said.
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