Article last updated : 08/11/2010
Going Forward - Fess Up!
Katie's Dad would like to share with you a recently published list of words and phrases that have seeped into our language.
Read and weep!
Issues. What people now have where before they were simply aggressive or antisocial. You all right there? Now used by shop staff in place of ‘Can I help you?’
I’m good. No longer means ‘I am virtuous’, but ‘I’m very well’. (The ‘thank you’ that used to follow has disappeared. Can I get. Has replaced ‘Please may I have’, especially in coffee joints. (‘Can I get a soya-milk skinny latte?’) Another import from Friends! Sorry Katie I know you loved Friends.
Journey. Self-dramatising-metaphor for any experience ( excepting actual travel) from a Z-list celebrity’s time on a TV reality show to Tony Blair’s life. We should revive that World War II slogan: ‘ I s Your Journey Really Necessary?’ Chill. Or take a chill pill. Favourite of manic teenagers to provoke parents trying to be reasonable. How sad is that? Or from annoying TV cooks: ‘How hard is that?’ If they’re so clever, why don’t they know how sad/hard it is?
Fess up. Abbreviation of ‘ confess ’ , utterly pointless, as it has the same number of syllables. Cool. As in ‘all right’ or ‘that’s good ’. Should be banned from anyone over 30.
Learning curve. What people who tell you they are not a happy bunny are likely to say some experience has been. D’you know what? Predominantly female use, indicating change of key to deep sincerity.A big ask. Crawly way of saying an unreasonable demand Joined up. From the joined-up writing one learned in kindergarten, now meaning competence in any grown-up field such as economics or politics. Most relentless use: ‘Joined-up government.’
No worries, mate. Favourite phrase of strident mobile phone users. It’s all good. Modern cliche for looking on the bright side in adversity, usually too obviously untrue to win sympathy Step up to the plate. Fashionable way to say ‘take responsibility’, mostly used by people who’ve never seen a baseball game.
Draw a line under. The magic phrase that allows bungling or immoral politicians to pardon themselves
Question mark at end of direct statement. Once peculiar to American and Australian teenagers, uncertain whether their replies would be understood or approved of — but now used by Brits of all ages. Q. Where are you working? A. Goldman Sachs? Q. Do you like it? A. I love it?
Heads up. What people now say they want to give you instead of a briefing. Hackles up, as far as I’m concerned.
With thanks to Philip Norman.