I’m riding on Amtrak from Fayetteville, NC to Baltimore, MD. I can’t help but overhear several conversations. Mile after mile, I’m becoming more and more annoyed by my fellow travelers' imprecise and inane speech. Please join me in finishing this list of…
Top Ten Words/Phrases to be Exiled from the English Language:
Few people are capable of developing a legitimate analogy. Sadly, fewer “like” users are even trying to do so.
2. of course
Just say what you really mean--“duh!"
When was the last time you were confused that someone was speaking figuratively and you desperately needed this clarification?
Just the fact that there's no "nonactually" suggests how useless this expression has always been.
A former teacher of mine claimed that if you were going to be clear, you didn't need an announcement.
6. I mean
Collect your thoughts and avoid this ubiquitous filler.
7. I think
Ironically, this enervates the impact of your thoughts.
8. too busy
It's time to admit that "I'm too busy" means "I'm too damn important" as in "I'm too damn important to respond to your email."
9. comfortable with my sexuality
Or do you mean "clueless about"?
10. So what's your candidate for language exile?