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Driving me backward

Tonight I heard a TV newsguy say a group had "set an agenda going forward." As opposed to an agenda going—where, exactly?

When people use the phrase "going forward," it's a sign their brains temporarily stopped functioning for the time it took to speak those words.

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nodressrehersal
Apr. 1st, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
My brain is nervously scanning past data feed for times when I'm sure I said, "going forward..." Brain is also working overtime to figure out times when it would be an appropriate term.

How about this: "I understand that you thought it was ok to eat all the creme brulee ice cream without telling me, but going forward I would appreciate it if you'd keep your mitts off my stash."
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:44 am (UTC)
I'd just say, " ... but keep your mitts off my stash." Well, no, I wouldn't say exactly that. I'd sprinkle a couple of F-sharps in there, just for color.
cougarfang
Apr. 2nd, 2014 01:02 am (UTC)
Heh, that's one of the phrases I associate with Engrish or English-as-second-language Chinese writing. There's just certain quirks and figures of speech that no modern English-speaker uses, but when you learn English from a textbook in a non-immersive environment, no matter how good at it you'll never get all the little nuances and connotations...
(Also the fact that nobody seems to be able to use the article "the" quite exactly right 100% of the time is another big tip-off.)
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:49 am (UTC)
We speakers of English as a first language like to boast that English is the toughest language to learn, but I'm thinking this boast may not be based on fact, given the variety of languages and dialects in the world. (Then again, from what I see in many student papers, maybe English is the toughest language to learn.)

And I've worked with ESL students who write English much better than many of the native Yank students do. They've earned my respect over the years.
tsrensel
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:20 am (UTC)
"Come then, let us go forward together with our united strength." - Winston Churchill
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 2nd, 2014 02:50 am (UTC)
Nice try. You'll never trick me into saying anything bad about Sir Winston's oratory or writing. I don't know if there's even anything bad to say.
tsrensel
Apr. 2nd, 2014 03:09 am (UTC)
Not trying to trick you. It is a quote that I use part of from time-to-time. Ask Dr. Mac, I'm a bit of a Churchillian myself. My personal library is better than most public or university libraries when it comes to Sir. Winston. It's a bit over 100 titles these days.

Edited at 2014-04-02 03:10 am (UTC)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 4th, 2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
So is this a follow up to the one about the Missionaries?
patrick_vecchio
Apr. 4th, 2014 09:04 pm (UTC)
Looking backward, yes.
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