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Notes & Quotes-January 6, 2018

By Tom Morrow

Words and Phrases We Really Don’t Need

In case you haven’t noticed, the Queen’s English, or at least our American version of that language, is being quickly eroded with some rather boring words and phrases – most of which we don’t need. Our young people, and those well up into their thirties, are using language that makes them sound ignorant.

Here are some examples of words and phrases that should be phased out and/or never used at all:

“S up?” or “Whad up?” and political pundits constantly use: “At the end of the day” Or “When the rubber hits the road.”

Young people who haven’t bothered to learn how to properly carry a conversation (between texting on their phones) continue reminding us: “Ya know?” And, there’s the word “So” (used to begin a sentence or answer a question. “Very unique,” Most unique,” “Quite unique” are all exaggerations of the word “unique.” You cannot improve on “unique.” It’s unique in that it is the only word you need to describe something special or different than anything like it.

How about “Irregardless.” There is no such word. The correct usage is simply “Regardless.” (If someone has a dictionary with irregardless, then it’s been slipped in without consulting Mr. Webster) – regardless what you may have heard.

So, at the end of the day, when the rubber has hit the road, you’ll find most of these language annoyances to be useless, ya know? Irregardless what some might say. Ya know?

KID SCIENCE — “Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.” — a sixth grader.

REAGANISM – “The taxpayer is someone who works for the federal government but doesn’t have to take the civil service examination.”

Scag Sez: One thing I’ve learned about my tongue, it’s usually wet so it can easily slip. – Cecil Scaglione

SEZ I – You’ll find my historical novels under my name at

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