Alright already. I’ve heard it once too many times. This is nearly as prevalent as “there” being used for “their” and “your” for “you’re” and just as annoying.
Now I am hardly the type of person that enjoys correcting people. In fact, I am typically the kind that will quietly cringe inside and make a mental note that goes something like this, “OK, this person is an idiot.” But I very rarely do anything about it for fear of coming across as a pedantic policeman. Plus, I know I make mistakes – plenty of them – so I don’t need anyone making any mental notes of their own about me and using it against me at a later time.
But this has gone far enough.
“Jeez, this weather is crazy. Mother Nature is going schizo on us.”
“My schizophrenic side is coming out. First I like comedy, then I’m into romance, then romantic comedy. I’m constantly changing.”
I read it online; I hear it in restaurants and at work.
You might wonder what is wrong there. The weather does seem to have mood swings, especially in the late winter/early spring. And someone whose taste in the cinema dramatically moves around a lot may have issues. But mood swings and changing tastes/personalities ARE NOT synonymous with schizophrenia. CAN WE ALL AGREE TO UNDERSTAND THIS?
Ironically, I was already planning to write a piece today on people’s misuse of the medical term “schizophrenia” as they confuse it with multiple personality disorder, when a well-timed email from a blog I subscribe to The Hack Novelist (someone whose blog I enjoy reading) came into my inbox. He had just guest-blogged on a site called the “The Schizophrenic Writer”. Naturally, I was intrigued.
Turns out this blog Hack guested on is normally authored by Bobbi Carducci, who proceeds to describe herself on her About page as schizophrenic because she has many writing personalities. Question: Do you realize that this blog post you are reading right now will just possibly blow Bobbi’s mind, blow the whole precondition of Bobbi’s website and possibly her whole conception of existence as she knows it?
But honestly, I would expect more from a newspaper Senior Staff Writer.
Should Bobbi ever read this post, I would want her to take no offense and realize I’m not trying to start the next east/west coast gang feud such as that between rap icons Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls in the early ‘90s. But I am prepared to do something extreme like adorning a colored bandana and talking some smack on the internet. I think muave will be my color or maybe turquoise. Yeah, something really tough like that…anything to get this simple correction firmly rooted in the nation’s consciousness.
Perhaps I should start my global campaign by requesting to be a guest writer on Bobbi’s blog, which I already did here.
Oh, and if you’re opinion of me after this peace is something like “what’s his problem? He’s loosing his mind. This person is a sensitive idiot with there priorities messed up. Its nuts. His rant won’t effect anyone,” than I don’t really care. You’ve probably made mistakes before to.