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Old 09-21-2012, 06:42 PM   #113
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It must be a north of the border thing. I've don't recall hearing someone do that. I'm betting it would annoy me if I did.

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Well, actually, the last person I heard say it was Anderson Cooper about two nights ago on tv!

You have to be quick to hear it, it goes by in a split second at teh start of someone's answer in a converstation!

I have UK friends who do it too so it must be a universal thing!

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Old 09-21-2012, 06:46 PM   #114
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Old 09-21-2012, 07:47 PM   #115
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Financial speak, "the net net is"...............Huh????
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Old 09-21-2012, 08:22 PM   #116
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30% chance of rain

Why do weather forecasters pretend it means 70-80% chance it will rain?
In English it should mean 70% chance it wont rain.

who cares about the "chance" of rain!

it's the "chance of how much rain", and in what period of time that really means anything!

I worked in Washington, DC, for a time; we used to say that God invented Weatherman to make the Economists look good....

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Old 09-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #117
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Old 09-22-2012, 12:20 PM   #118
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Use of the conditional tense inappropriately—"I would say…". You are going to say it anyway, so why put a condition on it? What is the condition that you are not telling me? Is it "I would say something if you let me"? If so, the answer is no!

This is similar to one of Wolf Blitzer's favorites—ending a statement with "if you will". I guess it is short for "if you will let me say whatever it is". What if I won't? How will you take it back? Does this mean you lack confidence about what you just said? Keep it to yourself if you don't believe it, Wolf.

Speaking of CNN, they like to introduce another reporter by saying "our Wolf Blitzer". Is he an indentured servant? Do they think that sets CNN apart from other because they own their reporters? Fortunately, they don't do this as much as they used to.

I suppose a thread about annoying phrases could lead to one about annoying people, for ex., people who pick apart everything anyone says.

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Old 09-22-2012, 02:43 PM   #119
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Yikes... we'd be "throwing caution to the wind" if we "continued down that road"... and "that's the skinny on that"!
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Old 09-22-2012, 04:48 PM   #120
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"To coin a phrase" which means to use a previously coined phrase. Cheap irony.

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Old 09-22-2012, 05:27 PM   #121
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Being a baseball fan and specifically a Cleveland Indians fan.

Maybe next year, or
There's always next year, or anything with the words next year.
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I stay at home with our four kids and run the business end of our office. When ever I go shopping with all the kids. I always here " you have your hands full". Once would be ok. But I was in JC Penny's yesterday and heard it 5 times.
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:05 PM   #124
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Old 09-22-2012, 11:30 PM   #125
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"There's no such thing as a stupid question".
"Guess what?"... "Listen..." "at the end of the day" and "with due diligence", I "traveled down the road" of enlightenment, and a"light bulb went off" as I realized that there is "such a thing as a stupid question"... like the one I asked earlier today re: "Grease caps..."

(At least this thread helps me select the appropriate phrases, albeit annoying!)
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Only stupid people asking them.
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