It is funny how people develop pet peeves. My recent pet peeve is m’bye. Whenever I overhear somebody on their cell phone closing the call with m’bye it gives me the willies, like fingernails down the chalkboard.
Why does it bother me so much? Is it because the whole conversation preceding the m’bye sounded so fake? Is it because there is no reason to put that damn “m” in there? Maybe the “m” is used to soften the bye. It is a euphemistic bye. Bye is so sharp and poignant.
I can relate. When I feel like the bye would sound too sharp, I tend to say bye bye. That way, it doesn’t sound like, “Bye… (I hope I never have to speak to you again)”. However, I think bye bye is an accepted standard. This new m’bye crap is annoying.
What could possibly be worse than m’bye? M’BYE BYE Oh yes. The epitome of euphism. The “bye bye” prefixed with the “m”. Ouch!
I’m making an aspiration. May I never say “m’bye” or “m’bye bye” in any form of conversation closing, whether in person, on the phone or in any other context.