IF I’VE HEARD IT ONCE, I’VE HEARD IT A THOUSAND TIMES…

Mrs. Hate puzzled over what to title this post, and then decided this title had a certain panache to it.

The problem is, this title would be applicable to MANY of the words and phrases that make Mrs. Hate gnash her teeth and beat her head against the wall.

The phrase chosen for today’s diatribe is “jewel in the crown”. For example, “The new restaurant is the jewel in the crown amidst the downtown revitalization.”

Mrs. Hate can’t really say that she hears this phrase in ordinary everyday conversations, but she’s read it in the neighboring small city’s newspaper what seems like a thousand times, and that’s where triteness and pomposity meet.

Please, news writers. Can’t you just say “The new restaurant will be great for downtown revitalization” or something plain, simple, and sturdy like that? Or, “Our downtown revitalization is progressing nicely, and the new restaurant will be a huge part of that”?

Triteness and pomposity looove to hang out together, Mrs. Hate fears. Now why do you suppose this is so?

Repeating trite words and phrases takes the onus off of one to think for oneself. (Mrs. Hate had a hard time parsing the previous sentence; see http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/36581/grammar-question-themself for her agony {sort of agonizing…just some OCD grammar issues coming through} in choosing appropriate word. She figured “oneself” would work well enough.)

And pomposity? Bah, a pox on pomposity. Mrs. Hate guesses if you’re silly enough to be trite, there’s a good chance you’re silly enough to be pompous.

In the “jewel in the crown” case, South Georgia is not exactly the British Empire and India, and the mayor of the small city near Mrs. Hate’s delightfully stagnant little town is not exactly Benjamin Disraeli, who is credited with being the originator of this phrase.

So, let’s get over ourselves, folks, and just talk in plain words.

Mrs. Hate takes her jewels around her neck and in her ears, and the only adornment for a crown ought to be the “stars in your crown” one might enjoy in Heaven.

 

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2 Comments on “IF I’VE HEARD IT ONCE, I’VE HEARD IT A THOUSAND TIMES…”

  1. mrshate says:

    Thank you, D.M.!! Mrs. Hate has lots more things that irritate her, so stay alert!! Fridays are the diatribe/rant days 🙂


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