These are just my pet peeves. I’d love to hear yours.
You’ll see this mostly in older movies and TV shows. A character enters another character’s home or office, and after a greeting, the host will immediately offer the guest a drink:
“Hello, Bob. Drink?”
Sometimes it’s “Care for a drink?” or “Would you like a drink?” but most often it’s just “Drink?”
Has anyone ever offered you a drink like this? Normally people say, “Would you care for a (whiskey, glass of wine, beer, bloody mary, etc.)?” Or something like that. And you’ll never hear it from your lawyer in the middle of the day.
2. Addressing someone by name mid-conversation
I guess this convention developed so that people can keep the characters straight:
“Do you really think so, Jane?”
“I know so, Matilda.”
“But Jane, how can that be true?”
“Oh, Matilda. Sweet naive Matilda.”
I won’t say this never happens, but it’s pretty rare, especially when you start noticing how often characters in movies and TV say it.
3. “I’d like that.”
This one has bugged me since I was a little kid. A character extends an invitation to another character, and instead of saying, “OK” or “Sure” or “Yeah, sounds great” the character will say, “I’d like that.”
“Say, Myrtle, how’d you like to be my guest tonight at the big dance?”
“I’d like that, Jack.”
Actually, it’s nearly as common for the character to follow up this way:
“Say, Myrtle, what say you and me go for a little weekend in the Poconos?”
“I’d like that, Jack. I’d like that very much.”
No one ever says this, do they?
Putting them all together
“I’d like that, Caroline. I’d like that very much.”
What are some other movie/TV dialog clichés we rarely use in real life?