Annoying & Overused "Phrases"
June 28, 2017 4:03pm CST
Here are two popular phrases I hear over and over to the point it has become annoying to my ears! 1. We are having a "robust" debate/discussion. On whatever topic it happens to be. 2. "At the End of the Day." My personal irritating favorite. Have you ever noticed this frequent usage in the English language? When I watch TV these phrases seem to be used by politicians, political commentators, and with the second one, you can add pro athletes and celebrities. Sometimes this phrase is actually used twice within the same comment. Is this phrasing the new sophisticated way to end a statement or sensationalize an adjective? Is this the new phrase for "you know." For me its become a joke and the phrase has lost both meaning and effectiveness. What do you think is the reasoning behind the new phrasing?
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I've noticed phrasing trends coming and going for some years. I think it's because we're all so interconnected. An unconnected group of people hear a phrase, repeat it on social media, it gets picked up by sportscasters, tv meteorologists, news commentators, and before you can say "it is what it is" (my personal irritating favorite), you're hearing it all over the place. Sometimes, as you mention, more than once within the same comment. I don't see any reasoning behind these catch-phrases. They are similar to ear worms; I try to block them out, usually unsuccessfully.