Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sliding down the slippery slope of
Overused CATCH-PHRASES!

You hear 'em all the time..."slippery slope" is used by politicians, pundits and those who pretend they know anything about the government works. I once had a hyperactive, disorganized Biology teacher who would make a "pun", then wreck that pun by saying, "pardon the expression". Why? It takes creativity to make up puns! The business world likes to put all their "ducks in a row", and of course, a huge catch phrase which could apply to this Republican administration and that party's ongoing sex scandal is "What did they know and when did they know it?" I first heard that phrase during the Watergate hearings in the '70s.

I had another college instructor who was always using the phrase "one fell swoop". I once took to counting how many times per hour he used it. As you can tell, it was one BORING class. And one phrase that's used on "Meet The Press" and other pundit-type shows kinda bugs me..."The Fact of the Matter". What, are they going to use facts that don't involve the matter? Huh? What? But the newest catch-phrase I've heard lately evidently came from some TV show, and I've sure seen and heard people use it a lot. Basically, if you've gone off the deep end, lost track of everything, or have done something totally crazy, you have "Jumped The Shark". Actually, that's a pretty neat expression...it conjures up all kinds of images...




While I was visiting Google, picking all kinds of images that I could mercilessly deface, I ran across a really interesting picture from someone's blog site. Not that it has anything to do with anything...except I think that this person, too, has indeed "jumped the shark"...



I can just hear the theme from "Jaws" music now...da-dum, Da-Dum, DA-DUM, DAAAA-DUMMMM!!! Personally speaking, if indeed scenes like this happen, I'll stay outta the water. Kinda looks like if you got bit by this guy, you'd come down with gingivitis!

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

My youngest brother (now 22) has been using this phrase a year or so now. I guess some folks cite the origin as being from Happy Days, when the Fonz jumps a shark tank, perhaps as a ratings-improvement scheme for the show?
-Kirsten

7:29 AM  
Blogger little ol' me said...

Kirsten The Anonymous, I was trying to remember where that phrase came from. My memory is about half as long as my 15 minutes of fame which I'll never have.

8:03 PM  

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