Do you know any words that when you hear them, they cause you to roll your eyeballs?
One of mine is: real … as in “ real bread“.
It’s usually used when referring to a food product in the person’s home country:
real cheese, real pizza, real hamburgers, real BBQ sauce, real beer, real chocolate, …
Sure some people use it to emphasize how good something is in a complimentary way, “Now, those are real steaks on that BBQ!”
A significant bunch of other people use it to subjectively compare what’s in front of them as inferior or crap, while at the same time informing people that something is only real if they can get it at home.
They may be stating an opinion, but they conveniently leave out the: “In my humble opinion“, “I think“, “I consider“, “For me” prefacing their remarks … and will actually argue the point if someone chimes in with a generic “there is/are a lot of good ‘insert food item here’ in a lot of places.”
What are these people saying:
everything else is fictional, pretend, imaginary or fake?
If a hamburger has a bun surrounding a hamburger pattie, can it be anything other than genuine, authentic, or real?
In the dictionary, there is one very small definition which says,
“‘real’ in a veritable sense should be used sparingly, applies to persons or things having all the qualities claimed for them.”
It should be used “sparingly” … real “sparingly” in my humble opinion.
Some people should get real and really stop using real to describe something they like while intentionally dumping on something else they don’t like at the same time.
For real, it’s a real drag to listen to!
Start living in the “real world” … not your “real” world … the “real world” where other people are living and were quite happy before you opened your mouth real wide!
double note: image from here.
I wouldn’t have used the image, but the other 2 “Trigger Words” have images on a funky movie theme, so why break the cycle of abuse.
triple note: I get all worked up when I do these Trigger Word things!!!
quadruple note: wasn’t Delicatessan a surreal film … or movie … or picture show?