Sunday, December 11, 2011

At the End of the Day, It Gets Dark...

How about a New Year's resolution to give trite or way overused expressions (that particularly pop up in the political season but really all year round) a rest?

As an aside, can we also please get rid of uptalk (a.k.a."high rising terminal")? That is the annoying tendency for the speaker to end a declarative sentence as if it is question.

Getting back to the worn-out or stale phrases, while in general they sometimes fit the situation, more often they often just create noise or doubt.

In no particular order, here are some of the prime offenders in the media or periodically in ordinary discourse:
  • "To be honest with you" "To tell you the truth" or "Honestly..." [big red flag--especially when the speaker is under oath]
  • "Absolutely" [What's wrong with just "Yes"?]
  • "Basically..."
  • "Exactly right" [why is "exactly" necessary?]
  • "At the end of the day..."
  •  "It is what it is"
  •  "singing Kumbaya"[this is NOT funny any more if it ever was]
  • "That being said..." [zinger follows]
  • "Throwing [someone] under the bus" [that bus is responsible for a huge body count]
  • "Comfortable in his own skin"
  • "Tax cuts for the rich"
  • "He's a good character guy," "he's a class act" -- variant "He's a good clubhouse guy" [from sports--but no longer used to describe the same player after the inevitable DUI or domestic violence arrest occurs] 
  • "Thanks for taking my call" [from talk radio, where the whole idea is to take calls]
  • "How ya doin'" [this was old when The Sopranos was new]
  • "Existential threat" [Please let us not hear this in the presidential debates ever again.]
  • "I don't have a dog in the fight" 
  • "I have your back" or "You have my back" 
  • Sports fans who oddly use the word "we" to describe their favorite team even though they aren't employed by the team, have no family employed by the team, or own stock in the team. 
  • "Beyond the pale" 
  • "Politics ain't beanbag"
  • "I'm not gonna lie"
  • Starting a sentence with "I mean"
We may continue to add to this list "going forward"-- or is that now "moving forward"?

Please let us know your least favorites too!

Update: By coincidence, shortly after the above was posted, Marist College came out with its annual survey of the most annoying words or phrases in casual conversation based on a sample of about 1,000 adults. The Marist Poll results indicated that the top five most annoying words (in order) are:
  • whatever
  • like
  • you know
  • just sayin'
  • seriously
Further update:At year-end, Lake Superior State University (Michigan) released its list of banished words for 2012 as follows:
  • Amazing [yes, this overused word should have been on our list too]
  • Baby Bump
  • Shared Sacrifice
  • Occupy
  • Blowback
  • Man Cave
  • The New Normal
  • Pet Parent [haven't heard this one in common use at all]
  • Win the Future
  • Trickeration
  • Ginormous
  • Thank you in advance

ACORN Vote Fraudsters Gearing Up For 2012

Speaking of vote fraud, this report by Matthew Vadum from The American Spectator is guaranteed to make your blood boil:
Leaders of the resurrected radical group ACORN are lobbying the Obama administration in what appears to be a concerted effort to game the electoral system to help Democrats, new evidence suggests.
At least five Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now leaders have visited the White House this year alone. One of those ACORN officials has been involved in vetting Department of Justice hires who may help to enforce the voter fraud-enabling National Voting Rights Act (NVRA), also known as the Motor-Voter law. The Department has come under fire for refusing to enforce Section 8, which requires states to remove the names of ineligible felons, the dead, and non-residents from voter rolls, while zealously enforcing Section 7, which requires states to register voters at welfare offices.
Vadum adds that the ACORN-afilliated Project Vote "have filed a rash of lawsuits recently in several states in an attempt to pressure state officials into backing off investigations into voter fraud allegations."

Bill Clinton signed the Motor-Voter legislation into law.

Read the whole article here.

Dude Signs Walker Recall Petitions 80 Times

More fraud in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall: You're only supposed to sign once under state law of course, but this guy claims he put his signature on Scott Walker recall petitions about 80 times. It's all fair game to "cheat to get Scott Walker out of here," he says.

Democrats say they are "discouraging" this practice and are weeding out duplicate signatures.

Would you like to buy a bridge?