A podcast I heard recently on my way in to work sparked my creation of a brief list of some of the phrases that have most annoyed me over the years, and I’ll bet at least 1 would make any list you created.
My least favorite of all time is “at the end of the day” I once heard that phrase used 12 times during 1 1-hour meeting. I know because I was counting them in order to stay awake.
At the end of the day seems to be one of those things that executives use in hopes of pointing out the most important task of a day. However, it usually gets lost in the volume of words that lead up to and follow it.
Next on my list is “to make a long story short.” Any time a friend, your minister or priest uses that term you know the story they’re about to tell will be getting longer than it should be.
A distant third for me is “kicking a can down the road.”
I’m not sure but that one has to have been born in a time years ago when someone might actually kick a can down a road.
It implies some one is delaying a decision or action until some far off future date and is a favorite of politicians who warn about the mountain of debt our kids and grand kids will face.
But I don’t think anyone is really listening.
That’s the way I see it…