Other Matters: Wretched Excess On The Language Front

• Overkill word of the day, perhaps the decade: Absolutely. This week on The News Hour on PBS television, nearly every person interviewed began answers to a total of approximately 150 questions with, "Absolutely. " That frequency, from educated people discussing policy issues, is typical at all levels of public and private life. Perhaps we can bring back "yes." • Inapt phrase of the day, perhaps the century: No Problem. Ask for more water in a restaurant and the waiter says, "No problem." Tell … [Read more...]