I often stub my ear (as it were) on words or phrases which suddenly appear, out of nowhere from my perspective, and are everywhere right away. I've been thinking about two of those recently.
One of them is the word "kiddo", usually co-occurring with "my", especially spoken by teachers, as in: "I told my kiddos today that they should get ready for their next test." This one has been around, I think, for maybe five or six years. It appeared out of nowhere, and then I was hearing it everywhere. The girls' teachers, Kivrin's tutor, my students when they do their field placements. Everywhere. I really don't get it. It sounds strange to me. I wonder if it's a replacement for the oft-called-out "kids" ("they're not baby goats", which is honestly ridiculous, as if language didn't change), seen as better than calling them "children", or "students". Has anyone else heard this one?
The other one kind of makes me roll my eyes. When ordering a salad at a restaurant, I am often asked if I want to "add a protein". For example, today, I ordered a salad (make your own) to which I added, among other things, chickpeas, eggs, and nuts. The person then asked me if I wanted to add a protein. Of course, there's already lots of protein there. Here, protein seems to be a euphemism for "meat" (because it's almost always steak, chicken, and some kind of fish on tap). Isn't that weird?
Other than that, I'm in the truly insane time of the semester, and yet Rick and I are going to New Orleans this weekend for no other reason than that we really want to, and this was when tickets were affordable (and, to be fair, it was our 25th anniversary this summer, so). Anyone have any recommendations for us while we're there?