Sue McGhee writes about her view of the world--politics, history, the Arts, family and opinion. See her new novel entitled "When the Eagle Flies with the Condor" and her collection of short stories "Voices" at www.suemcghee.com and www.amazon.com.
Copyright (c) 2011 by G. Sue McGhee
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Complexities of the English Language
undaunted and continuous reporting on every aspect of our world – both political
and personal – as a result of the “twenty-four-hour-news cycle,” certain
phrases appear again and again in our Media ad nauseum. It isn’t just
the “talking heads” who commit the sin of “pundit drivel.” It’s the supposed “experts”
of all fields whom the pundits interview. We are being proselytized on a daily basis to thinking in terms of the clichéd cliché.
Here are few
that have come to make me cringe:
“. . .having
“. . .that
being said. . .”
“. . .at the
end of the day. . .”
“. . .we’ll
get to that on the other side. . .” (of the commercial break).
“. . .he allegedly.
. .” (did something like cross the street).
“. . .what
were (are) your feelings. . .?” (asked of someone who can hardly speak because
of being choked up with tears after a tragedy in their lives). ". . .sorry for your loss . . ." ". . .what was going through your mind . . .? (when the gunman shoved the gun in your face).
“. . . let’s DO this. . .”
“. . . be
that as it may. . .”
“. . . so .
. . “ (a word currently used to preface
the answer to a question – Mike Morell should know better!)
“. . . like
. . . “ (Oh, please, let’s get rid of
this word used to begin a sentence or to fill a pause. Like, I'd be over-joyed!)
“. . . I
know what the optics are. . .” The
White House Staff uses “optics” a lot. How about something like, “. . . I know how
this appears. . .”
do matter and so do words.
peeve, however, is the use of “complex” when the speaker means “complicated.” Yes, the dictionary makes it sound like they
are interchangeable. However, there is a
subtle difference in the connotation of the words. In the case of the word “complex” the connotation is and has always been one of the
following: containing multiple
interconnected parts; a composite; multi-faceted; a complex system of something. "Complicated," on the other hand, is not that complicated -- it connotes difficult to understand, analyze, explain or follow.
Am I the only one who gets rankled with the sloppy use of "I" and "me," "he" and "him" as well as "she" and "her?" One should give it to "me;" therefore, one should also give it to "him and me" or "her and me." Please don't let one give it to "her and I," since one would never give it to "I," would they? I guess it's just me!
up: my rant on Pharmaceutical
commercials. I’ll bet you can’t wait!