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Commentary

September 24, 2012

Enough of this trite, empty political rhetoric

(Continued)

- On the ground - As in, "conditions on the ground," "boots on the ground," and so forth. If you want to say there are soldiers in Afghanistan, just say so. Their boots are incidental. If you want to say conditions in New Orleans are wet, just say so. We know you're talking about buildings and people who are on the ground. It's like sports announcers, when they are covering a football game, endlessly talking about "protecting the football," "moving the football," as if we need to be reminded that it is not a golf ball or a baseball.

- Less fortunate - Another unnecessary negative prefix. Just say poor, sick, elders, disabled - whatever. It is ironic that Democrats constantly use this phrase to talk about people who should be receiving more government help. Calling somebody "less fortunate" means they are still fortunate - just less so than somebody else. Why should anybody who is fortunate deserve help?

- You know what?/Well, guess what? - Another trite, trivial, meaningless, utterly unnecessary filler phrase. The speaker doesn't wait for anybody to hazard a guess. He's just taking more time to say what he just ought to go ahead and say without a lame prefix.

- At the end of the day - Whaaat? The end of what day? It is not even a good replacement for, "when all is said and done," which is equally lame.

- Any way, shape or form - This just crams less information into more time. I'm going to walk, stroll, or saunter down the street or road to talk, converse, or rant to my local public servant or official.

Give it a rest. Give them all a rest.

- Taylor Armerding is an independent columnist. Contact him at t.armerding@verizon.net.

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