List of 2017’s most annoying words & phrases released

December 30, 2017

Marist College notes “Whatever” loses ground but still ranks

The Marist College Institute for Public Opinion recently released its annual list of most annoying words or phrases used in casual conversation.

In the opinion of SRAZ, 2017 was a bonus year in terms of inanities. A few of our favorite misuses of the English language and general dopey words and phrases are listed below. We invite our readers to add their personal (un)favorites to our list.  Make it a fun Saturday.  Oops, there we go. Fun is a noun not an adjective. Or is it?

Topping our list is the now ubiquitous, touchy-feely “reached out,“ replacing contacted, called or asked. It has become a staple in news reports written by ASU Cronkite Journalism School student reporters now toiling for the Arizona Republic as its staff continues to dwindle through more layoffs. Example: “The investigator reached out” to (the crime victim}. 

Speaking of crimes, how does one “go missing”? What happened to “disappeared”? Go or went missing sounds as if a missing person had a plan, compete with a map, when in fact they may have been kidnapped or otherwise a victim of criminal activity — all too often the case. Go missing falls into the same new English language learner category as, “Throw Mama from the train, a kiss.”

Another strange word usage is the word “so,” now frequently used in beginning a response to a question. As an example, “How did you meet you wife?” is answered with, “So, we were sitting across from each other in Starbucks.”  What was your first job might well be answered with, “So, I worked behind the counter at McDonalds.”

Another routine bungling of language is the misuse of the pronoun “myself” when the speaker intends to say me and isn’t sure whether the correct usage is “me” or “I.”  Myself is always reflective on the speaker, as in “I went to the store by myself.”  “Myself” didn’t go to the store.

“Contact Joe or myself,” is wrong. “Contact Joe or me” is correct.

Overly descriptive teen favorites “amazing” and “awesome,” now co-opted by their parents and grandparents head the dopey list. The response to, “I’ll see you at noon,” is “awesome!” Suddenly, most grandparents have “amazing” grandchildren. What the dimpled darlings do to amaze is up to dispute. Remember when kids were simply cute or said thedarndest things“?

Give us your best shot adding to the Marist list. This could be funner than you thought.

 

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Think you’ve opened all your gifts? There’s one more

December 25, 2017

 

Seeing Red AZ has a treat for you. Click here. Be sure your speakers are on.


Hero or Goat? Typifying the liberal quandary

July 30, 2017

Though deeply entrenched in the digital world, there remains an enigmatic appeal to holding a book or magazine in our hands and turning pages. This explains why the arrival of the conservative Weekly Standard in the mailbox each week is such a pleasure.

The magazine runs the gamut from serious commentary, analysis of the news to dashes of humor. Today we bring you the humor, which we all so richly deserve after the antics that dominated the news this past week. This selection is from The Scrapbook:

Hero or Goat?

The latest threat to the American workforce has arrived, and it’s on four hooves.

A public-employee union is up in arms over a team of blue-collar billy-goats employed to clear brush on a college campus. The union claims that by using the animals, Western Michigan University is snatching jobs away from union workers. They’re not kidding around, either—the union has filed a grievance against the university. Their complaint is a sort of inversion of Orwell’s Animal Farm motto: Two legs good, four legs ba-a-a-a-ad.

What’s particularly delightful about this conflict is how it pits two key leftist enterprises—public-employee unions and college environmentalists—against one another. After all, the reason Western Michigan University chose goat grazers in the first place was concern for the environment. Eschewing chemicals, the college instead opted for the green solution, hiring a team of 20 goats to clear 10 acres of rough bramble and poison ivy. Last year a trip of 10 goats proved efficient and sustainable, and the current flock is ahead of schedule.

Alas, such environmental considerations weren’t enough to pacify the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union was quick to leap to the defense of its members in the face of the ruminant menace.

And just how great is that menace? The Washington Post did the math and found that in one month, one person with a tractor can do the work of 3,600 goats. Even if all 2.5 million goats in the United States were employed, they would only threaten 347 full-time human jobs nationwide.

Small as that number may be (and it’s nothing compared with the threat posed by automated robot goats), it’s not nonexistent, which leaves leftists with a dilemma. It seems to The Scrapbook that there is an obvious compromise that would satisfy all parties: The goats should unionize.


Politics wearing you down? Get a lift with Evan Sayet

February 15, 2016

Coming to the Laugh Factory, Wed., Feb. 17, 2016

 When Rush Limbaugh calls a political humorist “Brilliant!” and Dennis Prager calls him “The funniest man in America,” that’s praise you can trust!

Here’s a sample: Evan Sayet: Liberals on American Exceptionalism.

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Fiorina’s secret weapon: Ovide Lamontagne leads NH team

January 4, 2016

Three time loser tapped to help Carly Fiorina win

If you haven’t heard of Ovide Lamontagne, you aren’t alone. He’s something of a GOP mover and shaker in New Hampshire, where he’s run for and lost numerous offices. In 1996, he ran for governor and lost to Democrat Jeanne Shaheen. With political zeal still coursing through his veins in 2010, he ran for the U.S. Senate, this time losing the nomination to Kelly Ayotte. In 2012 he ran for governor again and lost to another Democrat — Maggie Hassan.

Now he’s been signed on as Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina’s New Hampshire state chairman, according to the Union Leader newspaper.

“With Ovide leading our efforts in New Hampshire as State Chairman, we will continue to build momentum around the state,” Fiorina said in a statement.

Time is short. The New Hampshire Primary takes place Feb. 9.

Fiorina, the former CEO of HP, is currently running in 8th place in New Hampshire polls, even trailing Jeb Bush.

It looks like Ovide Lamontagne has got his work cut out for him. But, as the old adage goes, “the fourth time might be the charm.”


Seeing Red AZ rates a backhanded first place award

November 29, 2014

Kudos from the Phoenix New Times

blue_ribbonOkay. We can take it.  It’s all in fun, after all.  Or is it? At any rate, the bizarro-world* leftists at the Phoenix New Times tabloid have awarded Seeing Red AZ the “Best Right-Wing Blog, 2014.” We are even credited as a valuable resource “for reporters and researchers.”

They got us right on our view of John McCain, but skewed the facts on nearly everything else, as was doubtless their intent. We missed the issue in which the award was initially given since the publication is not on our regular reading list.  Still, we take a deep bow and emulate director James Cameron, hooting at the academy awards he was “King of the World.” Cameron simply omitted the all-important two words, “blog” and “Arizona.”

Thanks, Phoenix New Times. Perhaps you‘ll learn a thing or two as you venture into that “journey into darkness” with us. Stranger things have happened. Prior to seeing the light, conservative icon Ronald Reagan had once been a Democrat union leader.

 

* New Times’ description of the mindset of our readers.


JD Winteregg: Conservative challenges RINO Boehner

April 16, 2014

J.D. Winteregg is a sharp, young conservative mounting an effective primary challenge in Ohio’s CD 8 to Obama’s golfing buddy and amnesty promoter John Boehner. Though Winteregg is a serious contender, he’s kept his sense of humor, as evidenced by his satirical new ad spoofing the speaker’s “Electile Dysfunction.”

In the one-minute Cialis-like ad titled “When The Moment Is Right,” tea party-supported Winteregg takes some not-so-subtle jabs at Boehner for the Ohio Republican’s smoking, golfing with Obama and tanning obsession.

“Other signs of electile dysfunction may include extreme skin discoloration, the inability to punch oneself out of a wet paper bag, or maintain a spine in the face of liberal opposition,” according to J.D. Winteregg’s campaign ad

“Your electile dysfunction? It could be a question of blood flow. Sometimes when a politician has been in D.C. too long, it goes to his head and he just can’t seem to get the job done,” the narrator says as footage of Boehner shaking hands with Barack Obama plays. “If you have a Boehner lasting more than 23 years, seek immediate medical attention.”

“I’m J.D. Winteregg and I approve this message, but I don’t golf,” is Winteregg‘s tag-line..

You don’t have to live in Ohio to send Winteregg a donation.