Is there a word or a phrase you use (or overuse) all the time, and are seemingly unable to get rid of? If not, what’s the one that drives you crazy when others use it?
It’s a remnant of some surfing movie I don’t remember, but because I live and work by the beach, it’s all I can think of when I can’t think of a word better suited for the situation at hand. And I’m no surfer so you know it’s not going to come out real when you hear me say it.
That’s great would have been better. Or even That’s really wonderful. Instead, I just say, that’s awesome or awesome, dude and then smile a smile that’s not really that sincere.
Why can’t I get rid of it? Because sometimes my BS meter is tuned just right and I adjust my own settings appropriately. But get me at a better time, when you’re more honest about what you’re saying, that you’re not just making some form of conversation just because the silence is too unbearable, then you won’t get the dreaded awesome, dude! complete with a blank look and smile.
– which also means that if you do say it to me, then our bullshit meter’s in tune with one another. And that’s fine with me.
At least we understand something.