Irreverent Mama

Friday, November 28, 2008


When, in a confict, someone says, "Not to belabour the point, but..."

They are belabouring the point.

Moreover, they know it.

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  • I know!
    And how about when people say: "I'm sorry, but..."

    If you're sorry, you're sorry--there's no "but".

    By Blogger Denguy, at 10:51 a.m.  

  • What about "...with all due respect..." ?

    By Blogger naomicatgirl, at 12:11 p.m.  

  • Denguy - I know! I hate that one! Even more than the one I cited, in fact, because a) it's far more common, and b) very likely to be uttered by snarky know-it-all (know-NOTHING) teen or early-twenty-something.

    If you're sorry, you're sorry--there's no "but". We do apologies so very badly in our society, this should be burned across the top of blackboards in all the schools, and put on the teleprompter when a politician's making an "apology". Says me!

    Naomi - Now that one I kind of like, because, unlike Denguy's and mine, which are bald-faced lies, "with all due respect" is factually true. Sneaky and back-handed, yes, but, no matter how much respect is or isn't conveyed, it is, in the speaker's mind, all that's due.

    It can be overused, and it pisses me off when someone says it to me, because you KNOW you're about to be disrespected, but really?

    It is very civilized dissing.

    By Blogger irreverentmama, at 12:32 p.m.  

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