People Get Ready

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People Get Ready Grammar!

Posted by schroeder915 on January 17, 2007

“As it relates to leading this police department and trying to make this city safer, we have to continue to do all that we can.”

Does anyone else want to scream when you hear “as it relates to”? Warren Riley used it thirteen times in this week’s Gambit cover story. Yeah, Ray Nagin does it all the time too.

Why? Why? Why?

It’s a learned device which might sound more sophisticated, but to people like me, it actually makes the speaker sound more uneducated. In fairness, it might also be the product of nervousness.

A simpler, more direct statement:

“We have to continue to do all that we can leading this police department and trying to make this city safer.”

As it relates to inculcating the virtue of better English grammar in our fellow citizens, can we work on banning bad grammar?

Other expressions that should be banned:

“When it comes to …”

“What you have is …”

“-wise”, e.g., TV weather reporters commonly say things like, “Temperature-wise, here’s what’s going on out there.”

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