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The Elliquian Herald & Post
Issue 74 (Autumn) ~ August thru October 2017

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Online Captain MalteseTopic starter

Empty words
« on: October 28, 2017, 03:12:39 PM »
Some words and sentences have been so abused, knowingly or unknowingly, for so long that they automatically generate the response "Oh yeah right. Sure." in your mind. I have a few favorite ones myself and I would like to see what others have. Keep in mind that irony and understatement does NOT count. It has to be something someone would say - earnestly or lying straightfaced - while thinking you might believe it.


"I am from the government and I am here to help."

Offline Oniya

Re: Empty words
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2017, 03:38:00 PM »
'I am calling from Microsoft.  Your computer has a virus.'

Online Captain MalteseTopic starter

Re: Empty words
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 03:42:31 PM »
"Trust me."

That one fascinates me, because it has no perceived value while the corollary "Trust me on this." has absolute perceived value.

Offline William Blake

Re: Empty words
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2017, 07:54:03 AM »
"I'm so sorry" - in the context of sympathy, not apology.

Online Captain MalteseTopic starter

Re: Empty words
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2017, 08:22:28 AM »
"You won't get away with this!"

People who are able to deliver on their threats, rarely make them - they consider them unnecessary warnings and go straight for vengeance. While those that don't, say stuff like this all the time. But for whose ears? Clearly the perpetrator IS getting away with it, whatever it is. Worse, if the perpetrator actually considers the threat, the obvious first choice of action should be to eliminate the witness - the guy who is making the threat... Finally, the threat is worded in such a way that it does not obligate the threat maker himself to do anything.

Online Captain MalteseTopic starter

Re: Empty words
« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2017, 11:14:09 AM »
"I am sorry. We apologize." Not when it come from one person to another, personally. I mean all the other times. When a politician or an official or company spokesman admits what they have already been caught doing and everyone already know they have done, because now is the time to do damage control. When a bad guy has been proved to have done this and that crime beyond all doubt, right before the court is to set their punishment, he and his lawyer will POUNCE forward to be oh so sorry, apologizing to the victim and the judge and the public that they are so soooorry.

Of course they are sorry. They are sorry that they were caught. They are sorry that now their reputation or stocks or political power is going to be harmed, so now they will cry in public so things will improve a little and the damage will be less. And if they HAVE to be the fall guy, they will make a deal to take on all the blame in exchange for a nice severance package or a less public but still powerful job.

I hate it when the state or CEOs are called upon to apologize. Exactly how much will those empty words help? It is not as if any of these guys will actually every BE sorry. Make them pay instead. Boycott their products, refuse to vote for them or their party, make them tumble and fall. Talk THEIR language.

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Re: Empty words
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2017, 01:20:49 AM »
"I know."

Yes, because you know exactly the set of circumstances that the person opposite you is undergoing when you utter that phrase, usually a placeholder for an inevitable rebuttal.  You know because you've assumed, or think that your imagination can compare to the other person's reality.  You 'know' what it's like to have diabetes, you 'know' what it's like to be poor, you 'know' what it's like to lose someone, you 'know' what its like to look in the mirror and see all the extra weight you carry.  I hate it when people use the phrase because it's just so dismissive of your feelings and experiences.  If they had firsthand experience they wouldn't be such a arrogant meat head about it.

Online Captain MalteseTopic starter

Re: Empty words
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2017, 02:45:56 PM »

The word has been rendered meaningless for DECADES ahead.

Offline Mirrah

Re: Empty words
« Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 09:35:02 AM »
"I love..."

Offline Belle33

Re: Empty words
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2017, 06:41:16 PM »
"Both sides share the blame."

I've had enough of people refusing to look at facts and call out wrongdoing. 

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Re: Empty words
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2017, 06:57:13 PM »

Offline Callista

Re: Empty words
« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 11:03:13 PM »
love.... totally lost meaning