I don’t consider myself to be a writer but I am an avid reader and a librarian and I guess that makes me very award of . . . words, phrases, and how often certain words and phrases are, frankly, used. Lately I’ve noticed a few expressions that are, to put it mildly, overused. I’ve got 3 I want to pronounce as expressions that should be retired. Immediately.
- At the end of the day. Oh, this one. I hear it all the time (especially in meetings) and it’s just . . . lame. Find a better way to make your point and emphasize what you’re saying. Really, unless you’re talking about the song from Les Miserables I just never want to hear this one again.
- Keep Calm and . . . whatever. The origin of this one is brilliant but now it’s gone way too far and it’s used for literally (another overused word but I like it because Parks and Recreation) everything. Keep Calm and sleep for 5 more minutes. Keep Calm and eat chocolate. Keep Calm and hug a panda. These are just a few of the inane and trite uses of the phrase that I found with a super quick Google search. Can we just tell everyone to keep a stiff upper lip?
- No offense but . . . Okay. Seriously, if you’re saying no offense, well, the odds are you know that whatever you’re about to say is going to be . . . probably the most offensive thing ever. Really, it’s a precursor to an insult and that’s just wildly wrong so stop using “no offense” as a way to justify you’re offensive statement.
In all honestly, I’m sure I’ve used these phrases, too. I know I’m guilty of saying not in my wheelhouse, sorry-not-sorry, totes, and awesomesauce. But I’m saying it now for all to hear: enough with the clichés! I’m off to buy a new thesaurus!
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