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Old 01-30-2020, 03:57 PM   #61
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Headline: "Seven people were mown down in Main Street when a car ploughed through a red light"

If I could, I'd strangle people who write/read such lines. Cars can't plough and people aren't hay.

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Old 01-30-2020, 04:15 PM   #62
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Old 01-30-2020, 04:28 PM   #63
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No.

"Near Miss" means being near someone referred to as "Miss".

But a "near miss" (which I think you meant) is not a hit. "Nearly a miss" would be a hit.

A "near miss" is a miss that is near. The adjective modifies the noun, it doesn't change its meaning.

A "near hit" would be a hit that was almost exactly at the intended point on the target.
I disagree. I believe "near miss" might want to mean a "miss that was near" (what a miss might be near to, I have no idea), but it fails miserably in conveying that. "Nearly collided," fits the bill much better in my opinion.

Besides, there was no stipulation that I be grammatically correct in my reasons for phrase-hating

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Old 01-30-2020, 04:32 PM   #64
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Sportscasters who insist on saying, "he left his feet." And you know there's a bunch of you.
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Old 01-30-2020, 07:20 PM   #65
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It's fun to go through their archives and remember overused words and phrases from the previous years:

https://www.lssu.edu/banished-words-...-list-archive/

The home page is also good fun.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:00 PM   #66
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I also dislike "It is what it is." Usually said while trying to duck responsibility to ameliorate a situation.
I tend to see this is a way to commiserate over something that can't be changed. More acceptable in public than saying "well that just sucks!"

Or even a way to try to get someone to stop griping about something that can't be changed.
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Old 01-30-2020, 08:08 PM   #67
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One I hear alot is "he did his best". Generally, the context is in something having not gone well (maybe a little, maybe a lot).

I don't know anyone who does their best all the time. We do what we do. (That phrase might annoy people as much as "it is what it is"). It can't be changed. If we were stupid (or lazy or rude or whatever), we can only hope we'll learn from it.

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Old 01-30-2020, 08:15 PM   #68
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When political candidates drop out of a race, why do they say they are "suspending" their campaign, rather than ending it? It's not like anybody who "suspends" ever actually reactivates his/her campaign.
I remember Ross Perot reactivating his campaign. It didn't go well, though.
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Old 01-31-2020, 04:18 AM   #69
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Old 01-31-2020, 10:27 AM   #70
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I tend to see this is a way to commiserate over something that can't be changed. More acceptable in public than saying "well that just sucks!"
So how about, "That's just how it is" or "somethings can't be changed"? Or just about anything original which convey's commiseration (though I typically see it used way more RE shirking something, myself) better than that other silly sound-bite just being regurgitated ad nauseum. Use your words!
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Old 01-31-2020, 12:34 PM   #71
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No.

"Near Miss" means being near someone referred to as "Miss".

But a "near miss" (which I think you meant) is not a hit. "Nearly a miss" would be a hit.

A "near miss" is a miss that is near. The adjective modifies the noun, it doesn't change its meaning.

A "near hit" would be a hit that was almost exactly at the intended point on the target.
Or it could be a transsexual woman who hasn't yet physically transitioned.
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Old 01-31-2020, 01:57 PM   #72
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"Near Miss"

Isn't that a Hit? "Near hit" would make much more sense to me.
In my job, a "Near miss" is a situation that was very close to becoming an accident.
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I can’t abide “to reach out”. It is such a mealy-mouthed and long winded way of saying “to contact”. It implies some subtlety or distinction in the contact that is not warranted. So you did not phone someone, or email them, or just plain spoke them, no you “reached out”. Ugh.

It seems to have become much more common recently too.
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If my actions contributed in any way to those unfortunate circumstances, then I apologize.
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