Florida follies

Susan Lundine of the Orlando Business Journal sees this one blowing in the wind:

The most overused phrase during the 2004 hurricane season in Florida, without a doubt, was “hunker down.” It was repeated by TV newscasters so often, that it became a running gag in our house to eat a Cheeto everytime it was said. We quickly found ourselves Cheeto-less.

Sandra Curtis of Miami, Fla., is fed up with:

The phrase “as well“.

  • The traffic on I-95 is at a standstill, and is backed up on the Dolphin expressway as well.
  • He injured his leg in the game, and his right arm as well.
  • We are offering employees health insurance, dental insurance, and disability as well.

Just listen to the radio, the TV, the weather reports, anybody and everybody, and just COUNT how many times they say “as well”. And usually, it is not a “well” thing at all, but something absolutely awful!!!

What happened to also? Too? In addition?

4 thoughts on “Florida follies

  1. Piling on, Tom. Makes it appear as though they are going above and beyond (another!) in job perks, injury tolerance and ungodly traffic. That one extra thing that was either definitly NOT needed or REALLY BIG OF THEM to bestow.

  2. I just wanted to say THANK YOU to Sandra Curtis. I am ALSO sick of the phrase “as well” and wonder if there is some kind of a strange quota people are trying to reach. I have theorized that if you played a drinking game in which you took a shot everytime someone said “as well” you probably die of alcohol poisioning in about 30 minutes.

  3. Used (as a ‘nice’ word) by the media to describe a detestable person. “These individuals in the middle east want to slit the throats of women and children, and must be stopped.”

    America is too politically correct to call people what they are.
    “These individuals” is also incorrect if describing a group of people with the same attribute that makes them worthy of a reporter calling them ‘individual’ because they would no longer be individual.

  4. I propose “Resonate”. Jeesh, if I never hear that word again it will be way too soon. “The issues that resonate with voters today are …” It’s as if issues are musical instruments. Even worse, it suggest that in politics some ideas produce harmony. Harmonious politics? I don’t think so!