What They Say vs. What They Mean
Posted on July 31, 2012 by Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.
Words matter. They can be used to enlighten, entertain, or refresh the soul and spirit. But they can also be used to deceive, disrespect, or serve no useful purpose at all. Here is a short list of words used in a less-than-noble manner. I call this list, “What They Say vs. What They Mean.”
WHAT THEY SAY WHAT THEY MEAN "To be honest...." I usually lie, but this time I won't.
"At this time..." Now
"At this point in time..." Now
"At this particular point in time...." Now
"I wanted to let him/her down easy." I'd rather lie or avoid unpleasant confrontations because I'm a coward.
"Let's decision it." I have absolutely no respect for the English language and its important conventions regarding grammar and syntax.
"Open the kimono." I'll adopt corporatespeak and appropriate another culture's rich tradition to suit my own purposes.
"Like....like....like" My parents/teachers never conducted the intervention that would have stopped this annoying verbal tic.
What’s on your list?