Re "How cliche," editorial, Jan. 1
Your list of cliches missed one that is "utilized" far too often. Use, used, using are such nice, easy words off the lips and easy on the ears. We do not hear them often enough.
How about "proactive"? If you're not proactive, are you conactive?
Ann Sherman James
May the gods spare me from folks whose conversation is strewn with "it's a no-brainer," "the fact of the matter is," "at the end of the day," "we're on the same page," "get with the program," "basically," "triangulated" and "over and out."
Your editorial omitted the one hackneyed term that has driven me crazy for years: "closure." There, I'm feeling so much better -- must be closure.
How about the repeated use of "robust" by officials and CEOs describing the performance and quality of their programs and products? "Fat" and "full of hot air" come to mind every time I hear it.
As long as we're dumping cliches, let's include "touch base," "bouncing this or that off someone," "let's do lunch," "giving back" and "global warming."
The answer word "absolutely" is also tired, as well as the phrases "you guys" and "you know what I mean?" -- if you know what I mean.
After applauding your list of phrases that deserve to die, may I add "24/7," "no problem" (for "you're welcome"), "around the clock" and the daily misuse of the word "suspect."
How about "basically"?
Could we please, oh please, add "uber" to the list?
Trent D. Sanders
La Canada Flintridge