I came in from doing some yard work yesterday and Julia had left this cartoon from the New Yorker on my desk. Classic. She knows how much I hate the cliches “it is what it is” and “at the end of the day.”

Is there a commentator or pundit or anyone capable of not using “at the end of the day” in a statement or analysis? Drives me up a freakin’ wall. A couple more are the use of “big boy” whatever for something “advanced” or “important”, or telling someone to “grow up” about something. Makes me crazy.

9 thoughts on “Idiotman

  1. Ron Scheer

    >"At the end of the day" was on everyone's lips when I was in England in the early 1990s. I have been really tired of it ever since…A current phrase being overused is "not so much"…

  2. April

    >That's funny. There's a woman I work with who is full of these. My least favorites are "No fun." (in response to everything from cancer to bad weather) or "What are ya gonna do?" She sounds like a broken record and she's not even aware of it.

  3. Leah J. Utas

    >For as overused as "At the end of the day" is it's leaps and bounds better than "in the final analysis." Can't think when that was current, but it still sets my teeth on edge.

  4. G

    >I think I'm lucky in that I don't watch enough news to get annoyed with cliches.So I create a few annoying ones of my own. :DSeriously though, there is one phrase that I absolutely despise."LOL or lol."Either one will instantly get you on my bad side.

  5. Kent

    >I am endlessly and unreasonably annoyed that people say FTW! thinking FTW means "For The Win". The biggest ones for me though are when someone says either "Everything happens for a reason" or some jive about "God's will".


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