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Useless Phrases

Posted by languageandgrammar on February 13, 2010

I just realized something. Writing articles and blog entries about annoying words and phrases has become so popular that they (lists of annoying words and phrases) could fill a book–not the annoying words or phrases, but the lists themselves!

One recent asylum.com list highlighted Annoying Phrases That Serve No Purpose. It included four that I included in Literally, the Best Language Book EverIt is what is, at the end of the day, going forward, and It’s all good.

It also includes one from the Dimsissive Hall of Fame: Everything happens for a reason. Seriously, if you ever want someone to know that you don’t care about his concern, tell him that his problem happened for a reason–but don’t tell him what the reason might be. It not only doesn’t address his concern in any direct way, and it makes it clear that it’s not your concern.

–Paul

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