Tuesday, August 22, 2006


Bling is the ubiquitous word/phrase of the moment - I heard it on morning radio yesterday, a sure sign. It seemed new and fresh a month ago and now I'm tripping over it everywhere - presumeably it's capturing something of the imagination of the moment. And in another month or so it will have gone. It has something both hopeful and cynical about it all at once.

Previous words/phrases of the moment have been segue, "in the same ballpark", "singing off the same page" and "it's not rocket science"

Does anybody else have any other words or phrases that have soared briefly then fallen from grace?


Kelly G said...

"We have to draw a line in the sand."

I used to work for an IT sector Ms Malaprop, who instead of "raising the bar" or "pushing the envelope" asked us once to "raise the envelope".
The worst are those which mangle perfectly innoncent words.

Carole said...

"At the end of the day" is my pet hate. It's been around for years, not months.

Andrew's black dog blog said...

That one has kind of stuck. At the end of who's day is what I want to ask.

Andrew's black dog blog said...

I heard this on a business program this morning:
" in the worst case scenario at the end of the day"

Andrew's black dog blog said...

I did want to add "whatever" and "whatnot" as words currently doing the rounds a little too often.

Bren MacDibble said...

In NZ the word "staunch" has been in common usage for many years and it makes me giggle to hear four-year olds saying "staunch" and that old favourite "wee" (as in the wee dog, not the dog wee). They're words more suited to old men.
Something that is only a few years old is "munted"... but then I heard it in the UK too... so maybe it's not new, just on a world tour.
I hate "bling" and I really hate: "my bad". They're even too silly to be totally munted!

Bren MacDibble said...

PS. "It's not rocket science" is dull and smug, but I really do like the phrase:
"It's not rocket surgery." :)

Andrew's black dog blog said...

I've come across "staunch" and "wee" in NZ and rather like them. It's tipping the hat to the Scottish heritage. And combined have a strong NZ sense of being small but tough. In our "Scarecrow Army: The Anzacs at Gallipoli" Leon wrote that the Kiwi's were strong in defense and the Aussies good on the offensive - though I wouldn't want to push that comparison very far. "Staunch" would suit a defensive strategy.