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With a kvetch-kvetch here and a kvetch-kvetch there, here kvetch, there kvetch, everywhere kvetch-kvetch…

July 14, 2012 6 comments

Everyone is constantly complaining. People complain about the economy (“it’s broke and ain’t nobody gonna fix it,” “the rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer,” “blame it on the one percent,” “blame it on outsourcing”); about the world, ( “blame it on extremism,” “on poverty,” “on little green men,” better yet, “blame it on America”); about personal problems, (“My finances are so bad, you wouldn’t believe it,” “my back is killing me,” “I’m swamped,” “I’m tired,” “I don’t sleep well,”); about national problems (“the country is going to the dogs,” “Romama, Omney, same difference,”); about society (“service is going to the dogs,” “people are becoming ruder and ruder,”); about relations, (“my daughter ran away and joined the circus,” “my husband left me for a woman half my age,” “I’m the only one looking after my elderly parents”); and so on and so forth. And you better not initiate the complaining unless you want to hear, “You think you’ve got problems?” Read more…

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Words/expressions to retire

June 9, 2012 Leave a comment

Some words–too extreme, too intense, too vehement–raise my hackles. Others I find inaccurate or incorrect. And some are just tired and need to be put to pasture.  Examples:

  1. Outrageous.  Spoken with sputtering indignation. The word is a favorite of politicians, council men and women, hedge fund managers, irate people denounced or caught as having strayed, dipped sticky fingers in the till, lied in courts of law or to the SEC, cheated on spouses, uploaded videos of crotches… and generally been guilty of indiscretions or of a variety of pathetic crimes and misdemeanors. This is a word to be reserved for Hamlet’s exclusive use, so he can recite in full his tirade about “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
  1. Decadent.  Spoken with a wink and a smirk, particularly about a) rich desserts, with points for gooey chocolaty ones; b) for redecorated bathrooms, especially when done in pinkish marble and golden faucets, or $6,000 shower curtains (note: any “save vs. splurge” imitation will do as fans of the Kardashian style will not know the difference between gold and plate.) The word decadent may still describe the Borgias or civilizations fallen through their own excesses.
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Mom’s the word

February 16, 2012 Leave a comment

When did women become “moms”? And when did “moms” become role models whose opinions and choices are the only ones that matter, whose voice is that of the real people?

Look around you, read your morning newspaper, surf the net, and “moms” put you to shame for your sloppiness, lack of organization and morality both, for not having a life, at least not according to the standards they uphold. They are the keepers of values, the cement that holds our society together. They have the secret(s) of life at their fingertips, they know it all and know it right. Read more…

How irritating are they?

August 24, 2011 Leave a comment

Guests who insist that plates don’t be changed between courses, using as argument that after all it all goes in the same place. Oh, it does, does it? How about this novel way of serving a meal, then? Read more…

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Natural-Born Defense Attorneys (NBDAs)

August 18, 2011 1 comment

I know a few, you know a few. The kind souls that rush to the defense of anyone you make the slightest criticism of, or even a passing remark.

They don’t realize how irritating it is to have thrown in your face this permanent explanation of the reasons people have for doing the stupid things they do or the stupid things that happen.

When in the company of the natural-born defense attorney (NBDA), I try to avoid any remark that could have him/her come back with an instant justification for whoever they perceive as unfairly attacked, but I’m still sometimes caught off guard.

Here are a few examples of natural-born defense attorneys making the case for their client.

  • In a hotel, you say the maid didn’t do a good job of cleaning the room. The NBDA counters by saying that she probably doesn’t know how. I would argue that either she should be in a line of work where she’s competent or, more reasonably, that everyone knows how to clean.
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