“And so anywho, like, I was like, you know, soooo mad that I could, like, hardly —you know what I mean? — even, like, speak.”
The rest of the conversation was like a game of ping pong — with “like”, “so” and “anywho” getting paddled back and forth until my brain was about to explode — You know what I mean?
It made me realize just how many little phrases are so overused these days. The kind of phrases that make you want to say, ever-so-politely, “Excuse me but would you please SHUT UP!”
You probably have your own infamous phrases you have grown tired of hearing … and perhaps they line up with some of mine:
• A newscaster informing us that a house was “completely destroyed” by a fire or tornado.
Now, long ago, one of my journalism professors noted that something cannot be “completely destroyed.” It’s redundant. Why? Because “destroyed” means “to put out of existence” — so just saying that the house was destroyed suffices.
• Why do people end sentences with “so”? As in, “I didn’t like the looks of it, so.”
Hey, — SO — are you done with the sentence or not?
• “I love this so much.”
The above is an exaggeration said about anything and everything that a person sort of takes a liking to.
• I’m so over it …
• At the end of the day.”
At the end of the day I sincerely hope you are still not talking…
• “I know, right?”
• “It is what it is.”
• “I heard that.”
I heard you are irritating.
• “I’ll tell you one thing!”
• “It’s neither here nor there.”
Well, it has to be somewhere.
Everything — I mean EVERYTHING — is amazing to some people.
• “To be honest”, “To tell you the truth”, and “I misspoke” …
Are all often said by liars.
Oh, and how about these beauts that you hear all the time from sports announcers:
• “They’re playing with a lot of swagger tonight.”
• “He needs to step up to the plate.”
• “He’s going to play on Sundays.”
And of course, the always-popular “trickeration”, “elite talent”, and “Physicality.”
Oh, and one more … my my all-time favorite overused sports term: