Many (okay, two) regular RonnBlog readers have submitted their own suggestions for my recent post on worn-out phrases that should be removed from our lexicon. I am pleased to provide them here, along with their approved uses and suggested alternatives.
- “Reach out” Use ONLY when referring to the actual action of reaching for something with your hand/arm; e.g., “Reach out and pass me the salt, will ya?”
- Alternative: “Contact (or Call, or Text, or Email) Evelyn to get her opinion.”
- “Irregardless” NEVER USE (unless you want to sound like a nimrod.)
- Alternatives: “Regardless” or “irrespective”.
- “I don’t disagree” NEVER USE (unless you want to seem disingenuous.)
- Alternative: “I agree.”
- “Supposeably” NEVER USE (unless you want to sound like a dimwit.)
- Alternative: “Supposedly” or “Presumably”.
The RonnBlog is grateful for these fine suggestions, and welcomes more from all readers (yes, I mean you other three.)
Don’t delay! Do it today!
Today’s Fact Cetera
The Lone Ranger’s name was John Reid.