Phrases I Could Live Without

First Phrase: “Ya think?”

Yes, I do think. So why ask? Because it makes you feel superior to say something that equates to “Way to go, Sherlock, for totally stating the obvious.”

Well, it’s rude, for one thing, and it effectively brings any conversation to a halt. And it just sounds dumb, as if spoken by one of those hillbillies on The Simpsons. I could really live without “Ya think?”

Second Phrase: “It is what it is.”

Gee, it is?  Thanks for that. It is what it is – why didn’t I think of that? But then, what else would it be?

If people insist on using this odd phrase over and over, the least they could do is freshen it up a bit. Back in the 60’s there was a television program called That Was the Week That Was. Also, a comedy album called That Was the Year That Was. So here’s my thought: change the phrase to “It was what it was.” Which is equally true. I could really live without “It is what it is.”

Third Phrase: “Going forward.”

For some reason our politicians, business leaders, and talking heads on television have insisted on tacking “going forward” to the end of every sentence. “We’re going to increase funding for our national infrastructure, going forward.”

Um, why?

Can’t we just assume that everything is going forward, all the time? If something is going backward, then by all means, mention it. But come on, man. What does ‘going forward’ do, except to make yourself sound like a progressive, gung-ho, forward-going individual? Come to think of it, maybe that’s what it’s for. In any case, I could really live without “Going forward.”

Those are the top three phrases that really bug me. They are what they are, namely, completely unnecessary. Don’t you think? Please desist using them, starting right now, going forward.

Thank you.


About meremention

Resident of the Granite State, I am a freelance writer who also toils as a research analyst.
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3 Responses to Phrases I Could Live Without

  1. You are right on the mark! So funny!


    • meremention says:

      Thanks! I actually heard a manager type say these in the space of a half hour: “It is what it is,” “Do more with less,” and “Think outside the box.” (three times).


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