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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.”


11 Responses to “People Get Ready Grammar!”

  1. Just a guess, but I think they use this kind of verbal padding because they are corrupt and stupid, and they have nothing to say.

  2. cap'n inertia said

    Another really bad phrase often heard at City Hall is “at the end of the day…” The people who use this term (consultants)usually have no concept of “the end of the day,” or completion of some task, so really all they are doing is spinning their wheels and buying time with false promises for action.

  3. TM said

    I second what Cap’n Inertia said.

    IMO – there is never “an end” to the issues they should be resolving. Grrrr.

  4. Tim said

    Basically, the problem is not just poor grammar, but poor speaking, too. You basically have a better chance of the written word being correct over the spoken, because speaking is basically instantaneous and writing can be refined. Basically though, you are correct that the average American is basically poorly educated on matters of grammar.



  5. gbitch said

    It is more of an oral problem than a written problem though that kind of oral wordiness (and empty phrases) work their way into writing as more and more people (and kids) get their ideas about the English language from TV. Riley, like Nagin and his cronies, is too politically savvy to be direct. If he were direct, he’d have to held to or at least somewhat responsible for his words, actions, policies, etc. That ain’t happenin’.

  6. Varg said

    Everybody has their little pet peeves but I would never judge anyone’s complete character by my own irks with their use of language.

    Except when someone says “literally” when they really mean the exact opposite. Such as, “…and he walked in their and started literally ripping people’s arms off.” If I hear this phrase to describe an incident, there better be limbs on the ground.

  7. People get Democracy said

    They are up to their sick tricks again with Pelosi Bashing and what ever else they can scare people with, all on the same item. Here is how it works:

    Repugs insert virus crap into Democratic Bill, then turn around and scare their base with the bill based on the viurs THEY THEMSELVES inserted.

  8. mominem said

    Tim cracks me up.

  9. loki said

    Bad grammar in New Orleans? Surely you jest!

  10. rickbrah said

    just as a goof what would be the proper grammer for “who dat say they gonna beat dem saints”?

    take it to the max. we might need this chant if we play new england.


  11. Good one Rickbrah. Up in New England, you might try something like, “Who is he who would doth make the extraordinary claim that he will defeat the Saints in a contest of wills, strategy, and strength?”

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