So, you know, it is what it is, but Americans are totally annoyed by the use of “whatever” in conversations. The popular slacker term of indifference was found “most annoying in conversation” by 47 percent of Americans surveyed in a Marist College poll released Wednesday.
“Whatever” easily beat out “you know,” which especially grated a quarter of respondents. The other annoying contenders were “anyway” (at 7 percent), “it is what it is” (11 percent) and “at the end of the day” (2 percent) — Discovery News
My colleagues use these expressions, and worse. Most of the time I misunderstand what in hell they think they’re saying. Lots of time and energy are wasted as a result, but even when I point out that I (a) begged for clarification I never got, and (b) conducted affairs precisely in line with what was specifically stated, the caravan of miscommunication keeps rolling. Management Speak. Empty expressions, vacuous verbiage.
There’s no cure for this. The plague will spread, and conditions will worsen. “When it’s your time, it’s your time.” “Work smarter, not harder.” “Stay within yourself.” Thanks, Wise Oracle. How about “Big toe in first,” and “Shit first wipe last”? At least they’re practical.
Back in the day this was known as “psychobabble.” Entire textbooks were devoted to and composed of it, preparing a new generation of slippered academics and vapid professional counselors to pillage the pockets of a new class of gullible clients and patients. It became as fashionable as it was infuriating, and suffering young men found themselves obliged to master its grammar, peeling if off glibly and sincerely if they wanted to get laid. What a waste of tongue. Damn I hated the 70s.
Set a good example to people whose English is painful to your ears.
The Scotch and the Irish leave you close to tears.
There even are places where English completely disappears.
In America, they haven’t used it for years! –(My Fair Lady)
I know whatcha mean. Canya get into it? Farm Out! Powder to the People! * Gag *