This rhetorical padding is used by countless politicians and, it seems, nearly everyone interviewed or quoted in the news, from President Obama on down:
Take it out of virtually any sentence and you will lose no meaning. Example:
“The administration will keep a close watch on this, moving forward.”
Getting rid of “moving forward;” now, that would be moving forward.
Of course, properly used, the phrase can be a source of inspiration…or amusement.
If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward; they may be beaten, but they may start a winning game
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
We will move forward, we will move upward, and yes, we will move onward
Michael Harris says
Thought you might enjoy these Carlinisms!
Seldom ConsultEd says
So, moving one-word and up-word, maybe we could substitute the ever-more-highly-falutin’ term “excelsior,” but warped into a verbto wit: “The administration will keep a close watch on this, excelsioring” and “We will excelsior, we will excelsior, and yes, we will excelsior.” That oughta level the playing field for any quayle caught between barak and a hard word… nest, Pa?
Steve Provizer says
A man who made a lifetime study of the genre was Brian O’Nolan/Flann O’Brien/Myles NaGopalleen, creator of the Catechism of Cliché.
(For an introduction to The Catechism of Cliché, go here:
John Fielding says
Spare a thought for we poor folk down under. Our shiny-new lady Prime Minister who is racing to an election has adopted ‘Moving Forward” as her election slogan.
So we can expect to hear it endlessly.
Presumably, it is seen as preferable to moving to the left or right or even standing in one place jumping up and down.
Charlton Price says
How about “call out” = as in “criticize, trash, rebuke, animadvert…” ?
I think your “going forward” etc. was first a particular favorite of the Sub-Prime Financier Goon Squad and then the politicians with whom they “pay to play” (another boring bromide).