Don Waitt The Pub

JUST STOP

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If I hear one more person preface a statement with the words, “At the end of the day” I think I will blow my brains out. Or theirs.

Those words, for me at least, are like fingernails on a chalkboard. Everybody uses that phrase, particularly all those supposed experts on TV news shows. There are at least a dozen or more “At the end of the day” statements made every day on CNN and Fox News.

Saying those words does not make you smarter.

And they don’t make whatever words you say after them right.

It’s like prefacing a statement by saying, “I’m about to tell you something, and it is absolutely correct, and you can’t question it, and you can take it right to the bank, because it’s going to be the truth all day long until the end of the day when you go to bed.” Bullshit.

I first heard that phrase from John Neilson, a club executive and marketing pro, who worked with the Scores chain. It didn’t sound bad coming from him because he has a British accent. A British accent makes everything sound clever and important.

Then I heard other people using it. And I thought, “Hey, you’re not British.”

Now everyone says it. Please stop.

And while you’re at it, can you please also stop saying that something “is in your wheelhouse.”
A wheelhouse is that area where a baseball comes in when you are a batter and the ball is right where you want it so you can hit it.

You are not a baseball player. You do not have a wheelhouse. Please stop.

And I won’t even go into statements that start with the words, “I would argue …”

Just stop.

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