Perhaps it’s the scientist in me, or maybe it’s the fact that I work with people who speak English as a second language, but this phrase is annoying and demonstrates how lazy we have become with communication.
Imagine, if you will, if we substituted other representative phrases . . . it could get ugly.
To be clear, I'm OK with failing a test because I don’t know the material. But when questions are "less than clear," it gets a little disheartening.
I present herein some actual examples, where words in simple, everyday sentences have been replaced with synonyms. Be advised/warned/informed/apprised.
The meeting request from the sales manager said that The Scientist was "cordially" invited to a work-related dinner later that week. While most would consider it a pleasant thing to be invited to ANY dinner, he supposed, and while the restaurant the company was springing for was fairly upscale (or so he had heard - he … Continue reading 9// Niceties
Important update! I recently drove past the motel mentioned in this post, and the sign seems to have changed in one crucial way, and I have to say this seems like a gift from the grammar heavens for a guy like me who loves to over-analyze everything AND has been known to take part in beating a … Continue reading “Free Wi-Fi” Part “2”
Whenever one of my kids spills something on the floor, I experience a range of emotions. On one hand, the spill represents something else "to do" - a new task - in a world where we already have more to do than we will ever get done. And my wife and I, as the sole … Continue reading Parenting is a Fickle Ride