“So we came up the hill and…well, we were sorta tired – you know what I mean – and so we sat down – you know – and before we could say howdy we were outa food and, – you know- hungry.- You know how it is…”
“Well, mate, at the end of the day it gets round to food.”
“Yeah, well, we’re on the same page with that one. But having said that – What happened? “
“Basically we thought the trip was less than great and going forward we’ll plan ahead.”
Take a look at this dialogue. It’s typical of what you’ll hear today. It’s full of slang, hackneyed and worn out phrases, lazy-selection and words that simply don’t need to be used at all. If you want to be recognized as a good speaker you are advised to drop completely or change most of the phrases shown in italics.
“You know what I mean?” If the listener did, there’d be no need to tell him.
“At the end of the day” Try: finally, or the result, or consequently, or, the answer, to mention just a few words you could use if you were really thinking about what you were saying.”
“We’re on the same page.” We agree. I concur. We understand one another.
“Having said that…” It’s even worse than ‘but’ and takes three words instead of one. Even ‘however’ is better than having said that.
“Basically, is a word that is overworked to the point of nausea by those who realize its being used when it isn’t necessary. I once worked with a fellow who used the word ‘basically’ two and three times each time he opened his mouth. It’s a ‘noise-word’ mostly. Don’t use it unless what is being stated really is the base of something being used, predicated, or described. Nintey-nine times out of a hundred it is used incorrectly.
‘Great’ grates because it is a word worked to death when there is a plethora of synonyms we can use such as big, massive, huge, gigantic, colossal, enormous…or outstanding, remarkable, significant et cetera.
“Going forward.” Try: Our plans. In the future. We predict. Our expectations.
Do you understand? Do you comprehend? By now you must have ‘got the picture’ Oh, my Goodness! It’s seems we just can’t get away from this sort of thing.