Pet Peeve: How annoying is it when people refer to us as “He (or she) is a metal detector?” Or, “Oh, You’re a metal detector?”
Dear rest of the world who do not metal detect:
We are Detectorist’s. We are not the machine, we are the user’s of the machine. Therefore, Detectorist’s.
Listening to someone speak to a group of us “detectorists” a while back, I had to grit my teeth as he said “You metal detectors…”, and yes, technically, with our machines in hand, we are metal detectors. We detect metal, but again, we are not the machines, we are the users of the machine. Calling us metal detectors is just wrong, and just sounds wrong.
This must be a universal pet peeve in English speaking countries, as evidenced by the first episodes of both seasons of the popular UK show Detectorists, where the person calling them metal detectors has to be corrected to the proper term, i.e. detectorists. Great show by the way.
My guy has his own way of dealing with being called a metal detector, and likes to drive me mad by frequently teasing that he is not a detectorist, he is a “Metal Detective”. I wished him good luck with that, and assured him that he is sure to make many friends at the local detecting club by introducing himself as “Mark, the Metal Detective”.
I dream that some day folks will get it right, and my spell check will actually recognize the term and stop highlighting my every use of the word, but until then …sigh. And no, I’m not a “metal detective” either–I’m a Detectorist–
Okay, pet peeve is over–Happy Hunting to all my fellow Detectorist’s out there!
*After I posted this, I received a comment with a link to a YouTube clip which was one of the scenes I was thinking about when I wrote this, so follow this link to see exactly what I’m talking about https://youtu.be/Ga9ab8EnlEQ. It seems I’m not the only one with this Pet Peeve.