No, you're right.RoryJohn wrote:Also, I'm sure it was just a momentary lapse of concentration on your part but I think your grievance is with using "leverage" as a verb (as in your example) and not as a noun. At the risk of coming across as a bit of a braying ass, I think you'll agree it would've been remiss of me to lever it out...
There's also that ubiquitous phrase "I have always". It currently means "I haven't always - because at some point I was an infant so this literally can't be true - but it's my current view and I'm trying to make it appear as if I made my mind up about this a long time ago (when in fact it was probably just yesterday) and haven't changed my mind since so that I look as if I'm considerably more decisive than I actually am"Andrew Fryer wrote:In Britain nowadays, the word "all" has acquired the meaning "some" or "all, except for the exceptions, obviously, idiot!".
If you are interested in politics, you'll know what I'm talking about. If not, don't expect me to explain!
Is that "Up to and including" 100% effectiveness, or just "up to" 100% effectiveness?Andrew Fryer wrote:There's an advert that claims (I can't remember the product) "up to 100% effective"
Surely it would be more impressive (but no less true) if they said "up to 110% effective"
could mean, they didn't bild it "Top-Down".pogmoor wrote:Because I realise language changes constantly I try and reconcile myself to new word usage, but I do find myself irritated by some phrases that suddenly leap into prominence. In the UK everyone seems to have started using the phrase 'going forward' when talking about plans, policies or anything that's going to happen in the future. It's always totally redundant since plans etc can only influence the future. Another one is the phrase used about computer software. Every new version of a product these days is built 'from the ground up'......which means what exactly?
Ah, you have reminded of a term that annoys me almost as much as incentivize, and that is to pre-plan. How on earth did this get started? A plan, by definition, is "pre". You cannot post-plan, and when you plan, you are already "pre" whatever you are planning. So everything one could possibly wish to convey by pre-plan is contained by definition within plan....I'm starting to hyperventilate.pogmoor wrote:In the UK everyone seems to have started using the phrase 'going forward' when talking about plans, policies or anything that's going to happen in the future. It's always totally redundant since plans etc can only influence the future.
Me too! It just dropped in out of nowhere. As did "pushing the envelope", which bothers me most simply because I don't understand it.RustyFingers wrote:And "pro-active" has been on my hate list for the last 25 years.