DAILY DIRT: Have you ever been around that person who literally uses the word ‘literally’ in every conversation?


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Daily Dirt for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023

Actually, this is amazing…Welcome to Vol. 503 of The Daily Dirt.

1. Have you ever been around a good friend, a sometimes acquaintance or a complete stranger who overuses certain words or phrases?

Yep, me too.

Here are the three annoying words that I think are being used way too much these days. Way-y-y-y too much.

1. “Literally”: How in the world did this become the No. 1 “filler adverb” in the universe? When I hear someone say this now, I want to pull out what remaining hair I have. Literally.

2. “Actually”: Actually, this could easily be No. 1.

3. “No-brainer”: I’m pretty sure this counts as one word. The hyphen is the tie that binds.

Honorable mention: “Awesome.” Or it’s first cousin, “amazing.”

2. This is one of our theme days, and this second thought we’re moving directly to most annoying phrases.

My choices:

1. “Giving 110 percent.”: Of course, that is physically impossible, yet it’s a phrase that refuses to go away.

2. “At the end of the day”: At the end of day, I will no longer be giving 110 percent. Probably around 60 to 65 percent.

3. “Think outside the box”: If I were literally (there’s that word) in a box, I’d be doing more than just thinking about getting outside it.

Honorable mention: “On the same page.” How about … “since we’re thinking alike”

Honorable mention II: “It is what it is.” Yes, it (literally) is what it is, and will always be.

Honorable mention III: “Nine times out of 10”. Whenever I hear this, I’m immediately interested in that 10th time.

3. This week’s best from the “Found on Facebook” archives:

  • “Star Wars toilet paper. To clean your dark side.”
  • “The other day I held a door open for a clown. It was a nice jester.”
  • “A couple of cows were smoking a joint and playing cards. That’s right, the steaks were pretty high.”
  • “Your fingers have fingertips, but your toes don’t have toetips. And you can tiptoe, but not tip finger.”
  • “I don’t get nearly enough credit in life for the things I manage not to say.”
  • “If I refuse to nap, is that resisting a rest?”

Steve Thought O’ The Day — If I had a pet termite, I would name it Clint Eatswood. (Go ahead, read it again.)

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Baseball will be here soon.

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