Kirk Evans is a Microsoft Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence.
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It's getting worse.
I don't know who started it, but I am determined to end it. I seek to end the continued demonstrations of collective illiteracy at Microsoft.
At first, it seemed isolated to the Microsoft-centric habit of starting sentences with "so".
Now, it has spread to using "ask" as a noun.
Ask is not a noun. It's a verb. Don't believe me? Look up "ask", there is no noun representation for "ask" (besides attributing to a person as an "asker").
I don't have an "ask" for you... I have a request.
While I would love to say this has been an isolated incident, I have noticed this becoming more and more pervasive. During the general keynote at the recent Vista and Office launch events, I heard "ask" used as a noun at every single one of them.
At one of the launch events, I heard (during the general keynote, again, in front of thousands) someone commit both crimes at once:
"So, my ask of you here is that you fill out your evaluation forms."
GAAAHHHH! Make it stop!
It is important to note that Kirk's wife was an English major in college. He also was an English major for a short time before he discovered he might be able to make a living on the computer.
So is this your ask? Or are you asking to make it so? :)
I've heard it too man...and i found myself doing it once or twice :(
Kirk, haven't you heard, Ask and ye shalt receive?
If he didn't ask, how would he receive?