Scarlett woke up my inner schoolmarm!
My inner schoolmarm, who wears her hair in a bun & frowns over the tops of her glasses, usually fusses about contorted sentences & misspelled words, but Scarlett has her all tied in a knot over banalities.
some of Scarlett's observations:
"Every pool is "sparkling"
"Then there's the hyperbole, AKA real estate B.S. Every yard that has at least one half dead bush is described as a "Zen garden", "Poet's Garden", Lush, tropical garden", etc.
'm looking at a flyer right now that says it has a "country-fresh" bathroom. What does that mean, cow poop?
Old windows are now "vintage" and old appliances are "original to the house". Yeah, 1965."
Inner schoolmarm has some observations of her own to add!
Just like every pool is 'sparkling', every old wood floor is 'gleaming'.
I used to use the verb 'boasts', until I realized that every other write-up 'boasts' the same word ('beautiful home boasts indoor plumbing!')
'Prestige' & 'prestigious' have long been pet peeves;
I may have told this here before, but I used to pick up a glossy magazine every now & then, one that specialized in luxury homes, & count the times those 2 words were used in each ad or on each page.
There wasn't a 'non-prestigious' house in that whole magazine!
I know it's hard to come up with fresh words & phrases
(I've had to create ads my own self), but some of this stuff is just embarrassingly, groaningly trite.
so my inner schoolmarm gave me permission to make fun of 'em.
just remembered another pet peeve:
agents wasting space with prattle, jabbering about how many bedrooms (the number is in a block above the narrative), spelling out words to use up white space, etc.
If you can't remember what the house looks like, ask the seller to write an ad for you to use as a pattern. (a good idea anyway; sellers know the house better than you ever will).
One of the very top agents here *always* says (using valuable, limited space in the MLS) 'plenty of room for the inlaws & outlaws!
& I love this girl, but if I were the seller, I might wonder if she'd recognize my house if it weren't for her sign out front!.
What words or phrases make you yawn (or set your teeth on edge)?