Phrases That Clang in My Ear: Part 2
In my last newsletter I described several expressions that have crept into our language and spread like weeds—odd and often unnecessary words and phrases such as Sooner rather than later, In real time, and On the ground. Here are two more that I’ve noticed.
So it seems that everyone, including me, is beginning sentences this way. So when did this start? So why did it start? Maybe people feel that so is a way to ease into a sentence, serving as a kind of verbal onramp, rather than (heaven forbid) just saying it. In this way, so is a distant cousin to the dreaded like.
Lately I’ve noticed that some people are ending sentences with so. As in, “Well, I guess I’d better be going. So….” (The voice trails off and the person oozes away.) So… what? Just spit it out!
Suggestion: So stop it.
Is that a thing?
Have you heard this one? (Biscuits and cauliflower—is that a thing? Wearing earbuds in church—is that a thing?) The first few times I heard someone say this, I thought it was funny. Now, like so many catchphrases, it’s starting to get old. Soon, I fear, everything will be a thing.
Suggestion: Laugh while you can.