Lazy Speaking


In his book Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, author Jeremy Butterfield cites ten of our most over-used expressions:

  1. “At the end of the day”
  2. “Fairly unique”
  3. “I personally think”
  4. “At this moment in time”
  5. “With all due respect”
  6. “Absolutely”
  7. “It’s a nightmare”
  8. “Shouldn’t of”
  9. “24/7”
  10. “It’s not rocket science.”

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Professional English

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Caroline Kennedy made headline news when she threw her hat into the ring for the New York State Senate seat left vacant by Hillary Clinton. Unfortunately for Ms. Kennedy, she also gained unintended notoriety for her overuse of the phrase, “You know” throughout her press interviews. Her reliance on the phrase to fill the space between her thoughts detracted from her main message and became the message itself.

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