Today I have a headache, so I’m indulging in a short, cranky post. (I know my five true blog fans have missed me! Mama’s back!)
Today I heard spoken two expressions that, if I never hear them again, I will never miss. Both were uttered on my local NPR station, one in a national report, another by a local personality. To wit:
1) “(Just about anything)…comes into play.” As in, “That’s when the –whatever idea, trend, or phenomenon, which has nothing to do with a ball or birdie or other piece of sports equipment– comes into play.” I don’t mind sports metaphors per se, but this one is more tired than I am. I never need to hear it again; and
2) “To hang.” This was used thusly: “Hang with your friends…” Call me old school (another once-cool, now-tired label, surely!) but I’d prefer to “hang out” with my friends. I don’t want to simply hang with my friends or my enemies–I would rather not hang at all. I am tired, but I am not so tired that I don’t have the energy to add the short “out” at the end of “hang.” Otherwise, all I can think of is a noose/coming into play, which even on this headachey day has little enough appeal as to be nonexistent.