Ten More To Trash & A Confession

At The End of The Day – An initially overlooked oral excretion called out by a number of readers.

Going Forward – Not unlike disgruntled, this phrase would be more palatable if its opposite were used as routinely. How you doing? “Gruntled, thanks.” Would that more legislative agendas were going backward rather than forward.

Team Player – Senate President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg uttered this stinker recently. See that it doesn’t happen again, jeffe.

In The Dark of Night – Apparently an attempt at insult as if legislation crafted in secret was somehow inferior to that cobbled together in the public eye. Not to gild the lily but In the Light of Night?

Outside the Box – Another abomination readers honed in on. Among its many deficiencies: Where the hell is this box? What’s so wrong with thinking inside it? Maybe its cozy in there. Nice blaze in the fireplace; blankie over the knees. What if the weather is lousy outside? Someone runs out there into the rain to think and they’ll catch pneumonia!

Other Side of the Aisle – More apt when there were enough Republicans to fill one side of a legislative chamber.

It Is What It Is – Another excellent reader candidate for extinction. Dude, like, it was what it could be some day, you know. Whoa, you see that trail! Heavy, man.

Out of Pocket – How could someone get inside there anyway? And, if they could, odds are they wouldn’t be able to get out.

Transparent – Usually used in conjunction with process. Better used in conjunction with fabric, preferably of lingerie.

Gold Plated Pensions – A reader rightly singled this out. It is prejudicial to copper-plated, silver-plated, brass-plated, zinc-plated, diamond-encrusted and, in the case of my private sector retirement package, tinfoil-plated pensions.

Singing Kumbaya, Tee It Up and Kabuki – In a rare moment of self-confession, these are all ones I have lovingly placed into print with somewhat callous regularity over the years. Perhaps, in my small way, I helped to make them the over-used steamers they have no become. Like old friends who die, it will be hard to let them go but time wounds all heels.





Filed under: Capitol Cliches


  1. “Problematic” What is wrong with problem?

    Comment by Richard — 2.11.2008 @ 7:27 pm

  2. “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good”. the perfect should only be the enemy of the crap. even Voltaire is sick of hearing this.

    Comment by dave low — 2.12.2008 @ 7:30 pm

  3. Gild the lilly? Tsk, tsk. Also, please give credit where it is due: it is what it is: pure Marvin Gaye.

    Comment by Robyn Boyer — 2.12.2008 @ 9:47 pm

  4. Still inane but sounds almost romantic to say:

    Al final del dia, es lo que es. (At the end of the day, it is what it is)

    Comment by The Toad — 3.20.2008 @ 10:04 am

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