Am I the only one who has become obsessed with the extent to which commentators and contributors on radio and television, are using the expression You know what … over and over and over …..
I even heard Hilary Clinton using it in one of her big political speeches the other day when I thought it was just an Irish habit.
It’s tossed in, it seems, to try and catch our attention, just in case we’re drifting off somewhere. You know what, this movie is one of the worst I’ve ever seen; You know what, this weekend is crucial for the people of Greece.
For some reason, You know what always makes me think of silly exchanges in my childhood relating to why that went like this:
Q. Why did he go out in the dark?
A. That’s the why.
And while I’m at it, I may as well mention my other pet word trend at the moment ~ narrative. People seem to be consumed with concern to highlight the narrative associated with events and happenings. Everything has a narrative. Yes, everything probably does have some kind of story or even conversation attached to it but how did we come to a situation where the word narrative ends up being used about 10 times in any 5 minute discussion of current affairs?
So, go on, tell me about the expressions/words that you think are being over-used in public discourse at the moment.