A family member of mine… we can call him “George” (remember the old abominable snowman cartoon with Bugs Bunny where he’d “hug him, and stroke him, and cuddle him, and sing to him, and call him George, duh.”) uses the word “actually” in a way that grates on my nerves. Be prepared, now that you’re reading this, you’ll hear it more and I promise it will drive you crazy.
This person, when asked how the day was, will respond – without fail with… “Actually… not too bad.” Or, “Actually it was good.”
Why does this drive me crazy? Well think of it in the same light of our justice system… we are innocent until proven guilty. This use of the word “actually” implies that the person assumes that the day is going to be bad and then is surprised… it wasn’t too bad, “ACTUALLY.”
Why come at a day with the assumption that it will be a bad day?
In my most snarkiest voice… suck it up buttercup!
Remember … you ACTUALLY do make each day what it is… watch a little Bugs Bunny, run around outside, laugh at yourself and have a good one!