18 June 2007

speaking nonsense or gobbledygook

The UK Daily Telegraph ran a competition asking readers to send in prose crammed with nonsense (the prize for the top ten was a copy of She Literally Exploded: The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook by Christopher Howse and Richard Preston ,published by Constable at £5.99).

I liked this one by Nick Godfrey
I hear what you're saying but, with all due respect, it's not exactly rocket science. Basically, at the end of the day, the fact of the matter is you have got to be able to tick all the boxes. It's not the end of the world, but, to be perfectly honest with you, when push comes to shove, you don't want to be literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. Going forward we need to be singing from the same songsheet but you can't see the wood from the trees. Naturally hindsight is 20/20 vision and you have to take the rough with the smooth before proceeding onwards and upwards. The bottom line is you wear your heart on your sleeve and, when all is said and done, this is all part and parcel of the ongoing bigger picture. C'est la vie (if you know what I mean).
"Touch base" is a pet hate of mine. If anybody still says it at work to me, I will ask them what "base" they are talking about. If they then explain what they meant, I tend to tell them that they should have said that in the first place.

Monday. Four more days to go before the weekend.


Bogdan, the editor said...

Touch base! Touch base. TOUCH BASE!


Daniel said...

What are you talking about?

Bogdan, the editor said...

I'm so embarrassed. I had gotten into the catnip ...