There are still many words on my list to be sacrificed to the Gods. Before doing so, what I find interesting is that they primarily are found in the vocabulary of young people.
Suppose we take the heat off the young crowd for a time and focus our attention on the older types. Take for example, politicians.
There is an expression, composed of four words, that is a favourite of a number of these political experts. One of them happens to be our present Prime Minister. The only opportunity you have to witness this gentleman and other politicians in action is the House of Commons either in person or on television during Question Period.
Suppose the Leader of the Opposition asks the Prime Minister a question:
“Would the Prime Minister tell the House whether he or any member of the PMO gave counsel to the Senator-in-question?’’
Reply: “Let me be clear,……”
There you have it. Four indispensable words, usually followed by a dramatic pause.
This phrase is a favourite of the former Minister of Health (as well as others) who habitually made use of it each time before she gave her answer.
“To the member opposite, let me be clear…..blah, blah…”
Because I am a fan of Question Period (which is televised each afternoon from 2:15 to 3:15 when the House of Commons is in session) I counted four times in one afternoon when this member made use of “let me be clear”.
Why is it necessary to add this phrase each time an answer is given? Are your words unclear if not accompanied by the famous four?
If that same member believes her reply would not be accepted without emphasis, this is how it is delivered:
“Let me be perfectly clear…….blah, blah..”
At least this member did not say, “Let me…like..be …..perfectly clear…”
You see, words used over and over can be tiresome to the listener whether in reference to the young or the old.