WORTH TAKING TO HEART
I received a communication via Linked In detailing 10 filler phrases compiled by Bernard Marr, a Best-Selling Author and Performance Expert and I want to share them with you. If you are prone to using any of these phrases, please realize how annoying they are and delete them from your vocabulary.
Here are Bernard Marr’s ten most irritating filler phrases:
“At the end of the day” – What does that even mean? Does it mean later? Just leave it out!
“To be honest” – Why, are you normally not honest with me? What a crazy thing to say!
“If you know what I mean” – If I don’t know what you mean I would probably tell you. I don’t need a prompt.
“You know” – Is this a question or a statement?
“Having said that” – Yes, you have just said that. I was here, you have been speaking to me and I don’t need you to tell me that you have just said something to me!
“Like” – This is especially annoying if it is inserted a number of times into every single sentence. Why, oh, why?
“Literally” – Should mean ‘figuratively’ or exactly as you say. It makes so sense to ‘literally explode’ or to ‘literally die’.
“I am just saying” – Yes, I have heard it. Should this make me feel better about the fact that you have just offended me or said something that didn’t make sense?
“Seriously” – Are you saying that you are telling me the truth or are you using it as a replacement for ‘yeah’ – I am, like, seriously confused!
“I mean” – Some people litter this phrase into every single sentence they say. It must be one of the most meaningless phrases of all.
DOES ANYBODY EVER THINK BEFORE SPEAKING?
Find, identify and correct the error in the example below.
“ ‘Caesars Windsor has carved out a niche that is quite unique in the area,’ Bitonti said. ‘They try to bring in as many big names as possible, as often as possible. If you look on the other side of the river, that’s not happening.’ ”
OLG spokesman Tony Bitonti, in a story by Craig Pearson, “City collects $2.4M from OLG”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, October 24, 2013.
The word for today is “desiccate”.
What part of speech is “desiccate”?
Define “desiccate” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations for this week’s entries will be posted tomorrow, Friday.