Common code words and phrases
by tedln - 12/18/08 4:33 PM
If you have read this forum much in the past week, you probably know that a common code phrase I hate is "it's company policy". To me, that phrase means the concept of right or wrong is irrelevent. We will do as we please and you can do nothing about it.
Another I detest is "transparancy". When a politician says in a public forum "this bill has transparancy built into it", that usually means "we have closed the blinds, locked the door, turned off the lights, and posted a guard to prevent the public from finding out what we are doing".
A few years ago, I heard a politician use the word "gravitas" in a televised conversation. My reaction was "huh". Within a week every politician appearing on every program seemed to include "gravitas" in the conversation irregardless of the subject. It seemed as if all of them had attended a word of the week meeting and agreed that "gravitas" was a good word to confuse the public.
Recently a sportscaster on a nationally televised football game used the phrase "in space" to decribe how a player had performed a certain skill. Within a week every move, made by every player, on every team,
was performed "in space" as related by every sportscaster. I still haven't figured that phrase out. I think most sportscasters simply realize they don't have the reporting skills of a Grantland Rice, but possibly feel they can fool most of the fans.
Those are a few of my favorites. I was simply wondering if other people have favorite code words or phrases they detest.