When I was a kid, I loved reading a magazine called Famous Monsters. This was a monthly magazine celebrating horror movies- the actors, creatures and movie makers of the genre. There was a two or three page spread called You Axed For It in which subscribers who sent in their photo could see themselves being attributed as a fan of a particular actor or creature. Usually there was a really corny caption to accompany it. Great fun it was. You "axed" for it - get it? Ha ha hah.
But the word "axe" has crept into every day language as a substitute for the word "ask." I don't know when it started, all I know is that the first time I heard someone say to me "Can I axe you something?" I really didn't understand what had just been said to me.
The question was asked again "Can I axe you something?"
"Ah, well, no. If I want something killed I can do it myself." It was an odd reply, yes, but I really didn't get what the person was saying to me. The light bulb did finally go off and I wound up doing an Edith Bunker-Oh-get-it-now response.
"That's not how to pronounce 'ask'," I said lamely. I wondered if the lady was using English as a second language or something. Where the hell do you get "axe" for "ask"?
It turns out that the usage of this mispronounced word has invaded the English language to an alarming and annoying degree. Every time I hear someone say "axe" for "ask" I do an involuntary shiver, much in the same way I react when I hear someone say "You did good."
Yeah, I done good and I'm gonna axe you to leave now.