“If you will”, is one of the most annoying phrases on the planet.
It seems I hear or read the phrase almost daily. What does it mean?
Maybe you are half-heartedly offering an opinion that you are not entirely comfortable with.
Are you asking your listener to endorse the ambiguity of your remark?
Perhaps you attempting to impress someone.
The term is overused and pretentious. What would happen if I responded, “I will not”?
“Beg to differ” is downright spineless.
Don’t beg. Disagree or have a fist fight, but don’t beg. My personal view is people who use this phrase are being condescending and don’t give a hoot about your sensibilities. I think a knock upside their noggin might be in order.
I don’t understand the phrase “thinking outside the box.”
My thoughts don’t live in a box. Most of the time they are all over the place. It would be more efficient if they were filed away in a box, ready to spring into action when I need them. When asked for a creative solution or a different approach, the thought would hop out of the box, ready for action.
I’ve been asked to add “my bad.”
This clunker originated around 1970. It’s in the same category as “totally” and “like”. Women over six years of age should never use these words as adjectives. If you want to label yourself as lacking ability in any endeavor other than chewing gum, feel free to continue usage.
I believed “awesome” indicated something original and exciting.
Just as I’m all set to hear about something unique, most of the time “awesome” describes events, objects or actions that are not. Dark chocolate is awesome. Most of the other stuff to which “awesome” is attributed is not.
What the heck does it mean when someone has “issues?”
Are they ill? Do they have a phobia of some sort? I never know what I am supposed to do or say after being warned a person has “issues”.
I’m going to totally like retreat, if you will until I get my adjective issues under control.
If you beg to differ, feel free to leave a comment.
Note: Originally posted July 4, 2011