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Mar 4, 2024 - 4:28:42 PM

mander

USA

5143 posts since 10/7/2007

I have long been aware of societies habit of grinding catchphrases into ad nauseum. One has recently caught my attention. I have been told "I appreciate you" so often in the last few months, it has lost all sincerity and I swear, I might smack the next person who says it to me. "How dare you appreciate me, you &^*&^%*&^9!"

What cliches are you hoping to never hear again?

Mar 4, 2024 - 8:41:31 PM

Owen

Canada

14833 posts since 6/5/2011
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I probably use more than I should, but you'll NEVER hear me utter "as of now / yet" ... unless I'm making  a point of sounding like a complete moron.   ... ditto for "speaking to" an idea or a proposal.

Mar 4, 2024 - 9:47:43 PM

chuckv97

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When you mention an idea you have and people say, “What does that look like?”
“I appreciate you” has made its way this far north, btw,,, someone put it in an an email to me the other day ,, had to read it twice,,, hadn’t heard that one before.

Mar 4, 2024 - 10:16:32 PM
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Bart Veerman

Canada

5681 posts since 1/5/2005

Vote for me and _____ _____ _____ _____

Mar 5, 2024 - 3:22:18 AM
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mander

USA

5143 posts since 10/7/2007

quote:
Originally posted by chuckv97

When you mention an idea you have and people say, “What does that look like?”
“I appreciate you” has made its way this far north, btw,,, someone put it in an an email to me the other day ,, had to read it twice,,, hadn’t heard that one before.


OMG! I say/think that all the time! Not about ideas, but when I hear people say, "I demand respect!" I think, what does respect look like to you? As far as I can tell, people who demand respect seldom give it.

I'm not sure "What does it look like" works for an idea. If I can't visualize something, I'd be more apt to hand over pen and paper and ask for a drawing.

I work in a store. Once upon a time, people ask for help, I give it, then they say, "Thanks!" and I say, "Happy to!"

Now they say, "I appreciate you." To which I must respond, "Thank you." It feels weird to thank someone for helping them. I miss getting to say, "Happy to!"

Mar 5, 2024 - 4:51:54 AM
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BobbyE

USA

3466 posts since 11/29/2007

If someone tells me that, "they appreciate me," I don't question their sincerity, I just appreciate them saying it.

Bobby

Mar 5, 2024 - 4:58:17 AM
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61908 posts since 12/14/2005

When a store employee has been helpful, I say "Thank you for your time and effort on my behalf."

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:31:53 AM
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maxmax

Sweden

1604 posts since 8/1/2005

Maybe not a cliche, but for some reason it really annoys me when someone says "people often ask me..." and then go on to answer a question that people obviously don't often ask them. Would much rather they just say what they want to say rather than starting it off like that.

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:35:41 AM

RB3

USA

1983 posts since 4/12/2004

At the end of the day

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:40:36 AM

992 posts since 2/11/2019

I gotta admit people thanking me for my service feels weird. Yes I served but I never had to dodge bullets and the honest truth is I really liked my job and had a great experience. I think a lot of people think of military service as a huge sacrifice and I know in some cases it really is. But I loved it - it didn't pay great which was the biggest reason I got out, but it was a necessary stepping stone for my career path.

Mar 5, 2024 - 5:49:41 AM

Owen

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Mander: " ... I miss getting to say, "Happy To!" "

At the end of the day, I gotta say that in the Urban Legend thread, Wayne gave a workable alternative:   "After a customer had paid for something at the cash register and he had given them their change, he said that he would often say "f**k you very much" very quickly and in a muted voice. He said no one ever noticed."

Mar 5, 2024 - 6:13:19 AM

4981 posts since 9/12/2016

I say ''sure appreciate it'' I mean it-I might even say ''preciate the hell out of that''--when I say these I mean it--so they are still in my arsenal--might even say sure obligin to ya--
but that is on the homefront--in the public business world--after the first computer told me it was sorry--all sincerity was blasted into cyberspace

Mar 5, 2024 - 6:56:52 AM

Owen

Canada

14833 posts since 6/5/2011
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 .... and when I read/hear "I would like to ________ *"   more often than not, the next question in my noggin is," Well, go ahead ... what's stopping you?"

* As in: "I would like to thank the doctors and nurses / the fire department /etc.  ..... " or "I would like to ask that people, yada, yada, yada." or "I would like to think that 'would like to' detracts from this sentence."

Edit: I wasn't aware that "I appreciate it" is/was a "thing" 'til seeing this thread.  And wouldn't ya know it?!?!? .... half an hour ago a couple of CBC announcers came through in the nick of time:  A: Thank you.  B: I appreciate it.  A: Thank you.  B: Thank you.

Edited by - Owen on 03/05/2024 07:12:42

Mar 5, 2024 - 7:34:05 AM
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16015 posts since 12/2/2005

In my line of work, I've long had a serious allergy to "our thoughts and prayers are with the family." Nobody believes you.

On a related note, I'm also allergic to "safety is our #1 priority." No, it isn't. Business continuity is your top priority - or, at least, it should be. If safety were your top priority, you'd be making hand-knit sweaters or something.

Mar 5, 2024 - 7:36:29 AM

Owen

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14833 posts since 6/5/2011
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Ooops .... their comment ^^  was, 'I appreciate it,' not 'I appreciate you.'   ...So  maybe 'I appreciate you.' still hasn't reached beautiful west-central Man-ee-toe-bah  [a l-o-t of beautiful (?) snow around as it's day 2 of digging out from a blizzard ... many schools closed yesterday and today].

Mar 5, 2024 - 7:47:28 AM
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4981 posts since 9/12/2016

appreciation has depreciated

Mar 5, 2024 - 7:51:02 AM
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79585 posts since 5/9/2007

When someone says "I appreciate your service" when they see my VA card or it comes up in conversation for the thousandth time I say "Thank you".
When someone takes the time to try and communicate anything positive these days I feel lucky to be the recipient of that praise.

I like telling folks to have a nice day."Hello" is another well used cliche.
Cliches are popular because they are easy to remember.

I notice the dismantling of cliches and feel for their future such as,"I could care less" when they really mean "I couldn't care less" and the old classic "Happy as a clam..." instead of "Happy as a clam at high tide".Clams are quite sad at low tide because that is when they are harvested.

If you are going to use a cliche please get it right.

Mar 5, 2024 - 8:29:22 AM

40847 posts since 3/5/2008

Happy as a clam...
Well....
I fer one...nevah heard a clam..complain....

But i have had a few...
Clam..up.... ;0)

Mar 5, 2024 - 9:02:34 AM

79585 posts since 5/9/2007

When you step near one at low tide they squirt.That is them crying.

Mar 5, 2024 - 9:08:46 AM

3728 posts since 4/5/2006

I get so many "Hi, I'm..." every day, eMail, TXT, VM, stop to unsubscribe,,,It never ends. Nor does stop really stop. Once you're on that universal sucker list, there is no getting off it. Spam blockers kick out the bulk of them, but not all. Unless I recognize the sender, Sayonara.

Real people, on the other hand, are treated with a higher level of respect.

Mar 5, 2024 - 9:40:29 AM

40847 posts since 3/5/2008

quote:
Originally posted by steve davis

When you step near one at low tide they squirt.That is them crying.


Nagh....

Just ah full bladder...

 

Wickid Pissah... ;0)

 

Funny how the big squirts are the little clams tho... :0)

Mar 5, 2024 - 10:14:33 AM

16015 posts since 12/2/2005

quote:
Originally posted by STUD figmo Al

Happy as a clam...
Well....
I fer one...nevah heard a clam..complain....

But i have had a few...
Clam..up.... ;0)


In fairness, "happy as a clam" is a shortened version of "happy as a clam at high tide." Although certain species of clams can indeed be harvested from under water, the soft-shell (or "steamer" as it's known here in the northeast) is typically harvested by digging with a rake or shovel on clam flats, and that requires low tide.

With that as background, clams at high tide are far less likely to get plucked from the mud - hence their alleged happiness.

Not that clams are known for their emotions. For that matter, nobody has ever seen a clam's brain, to the best of my knowledge...

Mar 5, 2024 - 10:19:42 AM

40847 posts since 3/5/2008

Might be why they clam up..
To..not remove all doubt... ;0)

Mar 5, 2024 - 10:25:02 AM

40847 posts since 3/5/2008

As kids we usta stomp around in the mud flats lookin for them..

You knew the size by the squirt they made..
Big squirt..little clam..
Little squirt..big clam..

Big meanin ..bout the size of a small chickin egg..

But...
Thos days are now all gone..
Sadly... :0/

Mar 5, 2024 - 10:30:29 AM

40847 posts since 3/5/2008

Cliche...
In an interview..that are pressed for time...
First words out of the guests...

First....thankyou for having me...
Or some time consuming phrase like that..

The info..is the important part..
N..when..time is..short.. :0/

Mar 5, 2024 - 11:23:30 AM

Owen

Canada

14833 posts since 6/5/2011
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Al: "... thank you for having me."

I dunno, but for some oddball reason when I hear that ^^ in interviews, I'm reminded of the line(s) from Tom T. Hall's "The Little Lady Preacher"  .... "She never said a word to him but said a prayer for me.   I told her in a way that I'd been praying for her too."

Or from a friend of ours, commenting on receiving an anniversary card from his wife, along with a compliment about how enjoyable she had judged their time together to be: "Oh believe me, the pleasure was all mine."

Edited by - Owen on 03/05/2024 11:36:56

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