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Tuesday, June 8

'Good Job!' - I Hate That Phrase

The reason that that particular phrase has sprung to mind is because I'm just about to write about a US sport that I watched last night. Firstly, though, I want to make it very clear that I absolutely abhor the use of the phrase "good job!" in any situation.

This is especially true when the "job" element is lengthened by an American drawl to become "jorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrb". I hear it from time to time here in London, but more commonly it's in films and in sports commentary from US shows. It irritates me every time I hear it, but almost without good reason. It's just one of those things that really fucking annoys me, OK?

Anyway, I sat up last night to watch the final game of the Stanley Cup, between Tampa Bay Lightning and the Calgary Flames. I'm not a huge fan of ice-hockey, and don't watch it that often, but i figured that this was a pretty big sporting event, and I had fuck all else to do between 1am and 3.30am.

As I said, I'm not a huge 'hockey' (and yes, I'm going to continue to use the American phrase, even though "proper" hockey is [as we all know] an upper-class English pursuit, played by jolly-hockey-sticks girls and toffs. Let's be honest, if you're at university at the moment, you know or have known at least one of those types of girls. They're usually on a committee of some sort too) fan, and don't fully understand all of the rules and nuances of the game, I thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle.

So much so, in fact, that I'm prepared to state that the final 12-minute period after Calgary had scored to make the score 2-1 to Tampa was one of the best ever periods of sport that I have ever seen in my life.

I've seen a hell of a lot of sport, from motor racing to football, from swimming to judo, and this was quite simply an utterly fantastic display of skill, power, speed and a willingness to die for the cause. I have the utmost respect for hockey players, since they combine all of these factors brilliantly, all whilst on ice.

Have you ever tried ice-skating? It's fucking difficult. I can't even begin to imagine how good these guys are to be able to stop on a sixpence whilst controlling a speeding puck with a stick, all the while anticipating a huge hit from another massive, beefy guy who is hurtling towards you at a fair old rate of knots.

This particular 12-minute period was frenetic and frantic, with Calgary on all-out attack, and doing practically everything except sticking the ball puck in the back of the net. They were attacking at such pace, and with such constant pressure that I'm amazed they didn't score and send the game into OT (see, I'm picking up the lingo?!).

Unfortunately, it has taken until the last game of the season for my appreciation of the sport to be awoken, which means I have to wait until much later in the year to watch any more of it. Anyone know when the season starts again?

Oh, and in one final point, could that trophy get any bigger? It's almost as big as the guy lifting it!


The further north you go in the Midwest, the more 'r's you need to add on to "jorrrrb". If you're on the East Coast, it's "jawb". In the south, "joub". Probably 2% of the American population pronounces the word "job" as it is written. And I, of course, am in that 2%.


The further north you go in the Midwest, the more 'r's you need to add on to "jorrrrb". If you're on the East Coast, it's "jawb". In the south, "joub". Probably 2% of the American population pronounces the word "job" as it is written. And I, of course, am in that 2%.


Such good info you had to post it twice! Excellent piece of trivia, thankyou.

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