Kick off should be kicked out

We all have our pet hates. One of mine is when I read about all sorts of things, from concerts and new businesses to court cases and even Anzac Parades “kicking off”.

Seriously.  In fact, it has become such a bugbear, I’ve started to jot them down as I’ve spotted them in various publications.

Most offensive of all, was in April when I read an Anzac Day parade would kick off. I always thought they were marshalled.

It then went on to refer to Anzac Day celebrations kicking off nearby. I didn’t think there was a lot to celebrate, and that it would be more a commemoration that would be observed.

Then there was the television presenter who kicked off her maternity leave. Maybe she was just squeezed out.

In the courts, a barrister said he would kick off his case, or so it was reported. I would have expected he would open his case.

In world news, a ceasefire didn’t come into effect, it kicked off too; and on the red carpet, arrivals kicked off an award ceremony when they could have been opening it or ushering it in.

In parliament, an MP kicked off a feisty question time when he could have simply provoked it, while another kicked off a bitter debate that could have been instigated.

And to have things kicking off in the arts world is incongruous.

The curtain rises on a show, a dance season premieres, a performer debuts, a program is introduced, a tour is launched, but none of them should be kicked off.

A cocktail evening is more like to precede an event than kick it off.

Developments get underway, a ride can hit the road, swimmers can dive into events, businesses release their quarterly reports, and participants embark on a project. Kicking off any of these should be kicked out of the field of play.

Sometimes, things simply begin, start or commence.

It is such a waste of a rich language to have everything kicking off.

And now I’ve planted the idea, perhaps it will kick off or trigger, spark, elicit or set off your irritation too.