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#302149 - 01/29/08 07:50 AM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Discipline]
Bruja Offline

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The "to be honest" line is mainly just filler and habit. I do it on occasion. And to be honest, , I use it as a lead in and nothing more.


Since we're being honest, I've been known to say it on occasion as well.

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#302172 - 01/29/08 10:08 AM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Bruja]
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'To cut a long story short' is the one that bothers me the most, am I not important enough to be told the full story? or is it said so you automatically think that you are getting a shortened version of something that wasn't to interesting to start with and you end up wasting your time listening?
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#302186 - 01/29/08 11:09 AM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Discipline]
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Registered: 01/26/08
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Loc: Sheffield, UK
 Originally Posted By: Discipline
>>infant amounts

Is that a new measurement of baby quantities?

I just had to tease you on that one.


Although proof reading has never been my strong point, should have really seen that \:\)

Thanks for the correction, must try harder ... incidentally that was my junior and infant school moto
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#302187 - 01/29/08 11:10 AM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Taliana]
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Actually, my hackles go up whenever any of those three are uttered--as well as a fourth phrase, "Can you come here for a minute?" and a fifth, "Can I talk to you in private PLEASE?"--especially when there's a certain type of tone behind it.

Especially when women say it, "Can we talk?" too-often means, "I'm trying to be professional, sensitive, and nice, and I'm trying to pretend you have a full right to say no, but you're still about to get sweetly roped against your will into enduring a very embarrassing and/or annoying pseudo-conversation that is, at core level, a lecture, or a patronizing "teachable moment" that will make you feel 5 years old again. Enjoy."

Also, I hate it when someone says "Can we talk?" or "Can I talk to you for a minute?" or "Can I ask you a question?" particularly if it's done in THAT tone, and it turns out to be something insignificant, innocuous, and quick that didn't warrant a huge, nervous introduction. Thanks for getting me ready for a huge ordeal or long chat, just to ask me if the chair looked good there or if I was going to the store later, you twit. I always love a preamble when I'm being asked something that can be answered in two words!

I do realize that it's hard to have those crucial conversations and talk about touchy things, so in some sense there's no perfect way to tell someone they stink or that their socks are ugly.

Mostly, I get mad when people use those phrases, especially with a certain tone, needlessly, so that they cause people to worry, needlessly, about what the chat will be about.

And yes "to be honest" is usually totally benign filler.
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#302200 - 01/29/08 12:00 PM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Max Faust]
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I don't mean to interrupt but...When I saw "Strange Expressions", I thought we were either talking about southern expressions: "I'm as good as snuff, and half as dusty"; or, the look on people's faces when they hear the Queen pass gas.
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#302201 - 01/29/08 12:05 PM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: TrojZyr]
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There is so much hostility from you. Yet, in person you are so cheerful and sweet. But I know the truth you evil girl.
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#302207 - 01/29/08 12:21 PM Re: Strange Expressions [Re: Discipline]
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Hey, I have very definite and specific pet peeves, what can I say?
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