Tuesday, June 19, 2007

On Infuriating phrases

This is part of a link that just came in via e-mail from the good Peter Griffin.

I hear what you're saying but, with all due respect, it's not exactly rocket science. Basically, at the end of the day, the fact of the matter is you have got to be able to tick all the boxes. It's not the end of the world, but, to be perfectly honest with you, when push comes to shove, you don't want to be literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Going forward we need to be singing from the same songsheet but you can't see the wood from the trees. Naturally hindsight is 20/20 vision and you have to take the rough with the smooth before proceeding onwards and upwards. The bottom line is you wear your heart on your sleeve and, when all is said and done, this is all part and parcel of the ongoing bigger picture. C'est la vie (if you know what I mean).

That paragraph of prose, or text is basically, essentially, you know, like a winner from a, well, contest for "Infuriating Phrases". This competition - or is it contest, what do you think? - was held by that tabloid newspaper from London, Britain (UK).

To read all of the ten winners who individually won the ten prizes, which were incidentally all of them together one book, i.e. each winner won like one book - the same book - click on this link which will open up into window with the link of the Telegraph article.

But at the end of the day, after its all said and done, and with all due respect to the participants of that contest or survey or whatever, I firmly do believe and opine and think that all those participants who took part were all essentially winners in their own parts. Each and every one of them individually were all of them in a certain sense, not to put too fine a point and if you get what I mean, you know, they are all - the entrants mind you - winners. They winners won, and that had to happen, because this was, after all and I'm sure you will agree a contest.

Ok, ok, so my point is that I like the term "Infuriating phrases". Reminds me of these posts I've done earlier

- this one on some phrases that make me go Hmmm

- this one on an NYT article about how African American people get upset over the use of the term "articulate" (and man, I just loved the comments that post got).

- And finally, it reminds me of the Bad English Contest which resulted in some super-duper entries and these winners. That was a whole lotta fun. It also resulted in some interesting comments over at Desipundit, who were kind enough to link to it then.

Well..."C'est la vie (if you know what I mean)."


Kits said...

Omg..Where have u been all these yrs? I kept cming and going but how did I miss reading your blog and tht wonderful Bad English content..Just touched my heart I tell ya. (Sigh!)

Bombay Addict said...

Kits - thanks very much for that comment. I've been here only!

An Iengar Chick .... said...

Hey man, good to see you up n all...scarlet fever eh ? C'est la vie...if you know what I mean.

Have a couple of caricatures at the red abode of the family. But must say nuthin as Voriginal as yours bud !


Bombay Addict said...

Red - more like viral fever..well, credit for the caricature should go to the artist! altho i still think i look funnier than that!

Harish Suryanarayana said...

Way too much !! Killer Infuriator ! The Bad English contest does bring back fond memories. Thanks for that :)

Bombay Addict said...

Harish - Thanks..that was made fun by entries like yours!

Sam said...

wot a collection of phrases that is!!

Bombay Addict said...

Sam - thanks for the comment.

Sumit said...

How about "shut up and tell me"? I get that a lot. Especially when I'm bullshitting and people get tired of waiting for a straight answer.
Can we add this one? "I've been here only" It's a hindi practice of stressing an action that is directly translated. ;-)

Have you done a post on old teacher's quotes? I can supply tons. "Form a straight circle" (See this is what happens when you turn down an offer to do a copycat of bunkd, very tame topics)

Bombay Addict said...

Sumit - LOL! reminds me of "Open the window and let the weather/environment/atmosphere come in"! Good idea to have that series! should do it sometime...thanks for the visit.