Fellow Review columnist and blogger Chris Schillig wrote on his blog, “Left of Cyber Center,” about phrases not to use. He listed the phrase “back in the day.” I can’t remember ever hating a phrase more than this meaningless piece of tripe. Back in what day? It sounds like the speaker is referring to yesterday afternoon.
I also hate the phrase “get out the vote.” What does that mean? I think it’s a call to voters to vote on election day, but it doesn’t make sense grammatically. It’s another case of a catchy slogan, whether logical or not, prodding people to action.
Because I don’t watch television, I suspect that I am not subjected to the barrage of mind assaults that insinuate meanings of meaningless phrases into the minds of watchers.