"The show's been running since 1989 and it's still going, making it the longest-running TV show in history. "
Sorry Man, but Coronation Street has been on since 1960 and Guiding Light went from 1952-2009. Hell, As the World Turns was on for 54 years.
Sure they are soap operas, but they are still television shows.
(please know I'm only teasing, but I am also deadly serious xD)
People could care less about what word they should of used, irregardless of whether or not it jives with what proper verbage would dictate. Their just so careless with there grammar, that when you hone in on the problem, its just heart-wrenching and leaves a pit in your stomach too see hear, they're and everywhere.
Okay, that was cathartic.
Personal observation in Europe says it's roughly the same around here. So called "boomers" (years vary depending on country) generation would seem the most sensitive of all. Coincidentally, the timing seems to be related to WW 1 & 2 fallout, e.g. childhood abandonment and war crazy ("shell shocked" = PTSD) parent(s).
Just an interesting detail...
I am just auld and out of touch with the yooof of today.
So I was rather well, shocked and appaled? haha to see it being used in dr who last week !! Not in a convo between 15 year olds hanging in the streets, but by the dr herself !! So no idea how prevalent it is in real life in the UK but you certainly could have heard about it.
Edit: there is even a wikia entry about it. https://tardis.fandom.com/wiki/Fam (had to check if I wasnt seeing/hearing things haha)