Monday, May 7, 2012

gone missing

At about the turn of the century (this century),
 "gone missing" suddenly appeared.
No doubt thanks to the media, 
it spread and stuck like a virus.
I assume it's somebody's colloquialism somewhere, 
but I had never heard it before.
As far as I knew, missing was missing. 
If you go somewhere to be missing,
 that's where you are.

Anyway, I found these random pictures today.
If I'm ever gone missing,
I've gone to the ranch.


Kevin Mizner said...

I'm glad you're speaking out about such a cringeworthy phrase. I hope some day in the future to come, the powers that be will allow us to take back our language!

Celeste Bergin said...

can we do something about all the people who write loose when they mean lose?

I like both of these images!

SamArtDog said...

Uh-oh. Did I loose my way and do it again? Sometimes I'm just at a lose for words! said...

Right! What's up with "gone missing" Suddenly even the news reports that someone has gone missing. Makes me crazy.

Nice photos. But if you go missing, we will know where to look. Then you will be found from missing.

hw (hallie) farber said...

We'll never loose you, we'll just search the ranch.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Yours is a good example of something to be peeved by ... how about ordering in a restaurant without some sauce or other and hearing the server repeat back "with no sauce"? "With" is an inclusive word, but followed by "no" is just needlessly contradictory. Especially since there's a perfectly good "without" word available. You've stirred the peevish pot!

SamArtDog said...

Here's some more... use of "anyway" or "so" at the start of a sentence to avoid diving into the deep end is downright chickenly. I should know; I do it all the time (see paragraph #2).

Nancy Colella said...

This is such a great post! You should try living in Massachusetts- where everyone has a great idear! (R's go where they aren't supposed to be and are left off when necessary. "Get in the caa. We are going to a paaaty!"

SamArtDog said...

Don't forget I grew up downeast in Maine wheyah all the aahs aah hidin'. Ayuh.

SippicanCottage said...

Oh that front door picture is a marvel.

Just my humble opinion, but "go missing" looks odd to many because it is proper English. Proper English is rare. That's one way the word "go" functions. It's a very versatile and ancient word.

You would not have noticed go crazy, or go wild, or any number of other words concatenated with "go."

I gotta go.