As a professional blogger I try to have a versatile vocabulary. But there are times that even I find myself using the same old worn out words and phrases.

But I’m a piker compared to politicians and the talking news heads on 24/7 each day.

So I thought I’d give you a few examples of words and phrases that are like fingernails on a blackboard (or should that be green board?) to me.

Words I’m Sick Of Hearing

  • Transparent or Transparency: “My administration will be the most transparent in history.” No it won’t. And neither will the next office holder. When you say transparent there is usually a boldfaced lie followed by a slamming door. Then you raise the White House fence two feet higher.
  • Comprehensive: Another overused buzzword that means nothing. Your comprehensive border policy or tax plan still sucks and attaching comprehensive to it fools no one and simply confirms that you are totally clueless.
  • At The End Of The Day: Translation: This discussion has been concluded and I am done talking about it. Well, at the end of the day we all know the problem is still there waiting for a solution and you don’t have it. So at the end of the day we’ll be in the voting booth.
  • Kick The Can Down The Road: If I hear this phrase one more time I might lose it, flip out, go off the rails, come unglued, go postal, freak out, go bonkers, go over the edge, go ballistic, or go off the deep end.
  • Just Sayin’: I just heard you say it you moron so there’s no need to continue unless you have some new bit of salacious info to which only you are privy. I’m all ears.
  • Talking Points: Stop right there. There is no point for you to continue If someone else is doing your thinking and speaking for you then I should be having this conversation with him or her. Just sayin.’
  • War On (....): I need a scorecard to keep up with all the wars. War on guns, war on women, war on drugs, war on Christmas — Sign companies must be making a fortune.
  • Let Me Be Clear: What were you being before genius? Talking in riddles I’m too dense to decipher? Do I need a translator? Is it two syllables from here on out? Why not be clear from the beginning? That would be a refreshing change.

Some Final Thoughts

There are certainly many others I could put in for honorable mention — “flip-flopper,” “grass roots,” “hot button issue,” “tax hike,” “on message,” “working class” and “anything followed by —gate.”

I guess if you want my vote or my respect for your opinion you might want to rethink using these few overworked words and phrases.

The dictionary is a big book with lots of words — many of them long and impressive. Check it out.

I hope this blog has been transparent and comprehensive enough for you. I want to be clear. I wouldn’t want to have any misunderstandings at the end of the day.

Comments below – Just Sayin’

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