JUST what are we on about?
It’s a question we all need to answer as we talk total twaddle a lot of the time without even realising it.
And by that I mean the words and phrases no-one needs to use and we are unaware we’re using them until someone points it out.
But perhaps that’s what should happen more to clean up our language from the unwanted, the unloved and downright pointless bits that have crept into what we say every day.
Perhaps I’m suffering from some sort of irritable vowel syndrome to bring this up at all as I’m as guilty as anyone.
I’ve met people who manage to squeeze in “d’you know what I mean?’’ or “d’you know what I’m saying?’’ more than once in a single sentence.
If I didn’t know what they meant, I’d ask them.
The worst serial offenders are those who say “you know’’ constantly. Yes, we know just how irritating you are.
Likewise, how many people say to you each day “to be honest …’’
And the retort to that would be “well, why would you lie to me?’’
How many people give a cheery “how are you?’’ or the more simplified “you all right?’’ but clearly aren’t interested in any answer. It’s become a pointless question.
Even if you try to say something’s wrong and set off with “actually, I don’t feel …’’ they’ve already moved on to the next thing and it’s usually something about themselves.
My mother-in-law tells a story about her own mum coming home ashen-faced from a shopping trip.
“What’s wrong,’’ my mother-in-law asked.
“I asked Mrs Jones how she was,’’ said her mum. “And she told me.’’
So here we go – a load of tosh finished off with a pointless rant.
At the end of the day I personally can’t see anything fairly unique at this moment in time about what I’m saying.
With all due respect, it’s not rocket science so just chill out as everything happens for a reason.
No offence, but don’t go there. After all I’ve already been there, done it and got the T-shirt.
To be honest, I’m not going to lie for it is what it is.
Now let’s hope I’ve got it out of my system. But I so don’t think I have.