It’s getting worse.
I don’t know who started it, but I am determined to end it. I seek to end the continued demonstrations of collective illiteracy at Microsoft.
At first, it seemed isolated to the Microsoft-centric habit of starting sentences with “so”.
Now, it has spread to using “ask” as a noun.
Ask is not a noun. It’s a verb. Don’t believe me? Look up “ask”, there is no noun representation for “ask” (besides attributing to a person as an “asker”).
I don’t have an “ask” for you… I have a request.
While I would love to say this has been an isolated incident, I have noticed this becoming more and more pervasive. During the general keynote at the recent Vista and Office launch events, I heard “ask” used as a noun at every single one of them.
At one of the launch events, I heard (during the general keynote, again, in front of thousands) someone commit both crimes at once:
“So, my ask of you here is that you fill out your evaluation forms.”
GAAAHHHH! Make it stop!