“Sea change” indicates a fundamental transformation with far-reaching, revolutionary ramifications. However, for most buzzword slingers, it has come to mean almost any change at all. It is a term used too often these days. I cringe every time I hear it.
Having said that — another phrase that grates on my nerves. That having been said, I digress.
Please! Stop digressing and stick to the subject. And stop filling time with needless phrases like, “having said that” and “I digress.”
This is a lot of annoyance to unpack. That is another annoying word “unpack.” Now, issues don’t need to be examined, they need to be unpacked. Pack your bags and get the Hell outta earshot (asunder, out of range, yonder).
Do you want to sound hip, cool (trendy, in vogue, all the rage), stop with the annoying buzz words and go back to using simple language, not a catch phrase or the days most popular shibboleth.
41 thoughts on “Sound bites: Buzz word slingers”
Starting a sentence with “So”.
Yes, just what is SO supposed to mean? It’s another crutch. Like “Duh”
When you get told off, you got the short shrift. Not the short shift or short ship.
rapid and unsympathetic dismissal; curt treatment.
“the judge gave short shrift to an argument based on the right to free speech”
The word shrift is an archaic noun referring to the confession or absolution of sins. These days, “shrift” is rarely encountered on its own, but it does keep frequent company with “short” in the phrase “short shrift.” The earliest known use of the phrase comes from William Shakespeare’s play Richard III, in which Lord Hastings, who has been condemned by King Richard to be beheaded, is told by Sir Richard Ratcliffe to “Make a short shrift” as the king “longs to see your head.” Shakespeare uses this phrase quite literally (“keep your confession short”), but since at least the 19th century the phrase has been used figuratively to refer to a small or inadequate amount of time or attention given to something.
You is or you ain’t my friend. But you shore isn’t a bestie.
“Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby ? ? ?”
This is part of a culture, but so much of the other mangling of the English language is laziness, stupidity and the failure of the educators who allowed these fools to graduate elementary school.
Couldn’t — mispronounced Coun’t, almost Coont (or c*nt)
We can do without this nonsense.
“I was today’s year old when I found out…”
“I shutter to think what could have happened…”
Give that man a dictionary.
I used to work with a guy who opened conversations with “In other words”.
That is very strange. Another opener was “You’ll find this funny.” And the story was seldom humorous or worth listening to.