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  • Painful cliches.... words that make you cringe.

    Here is my most painful cliche, add your own.

    RAISING THE BAR...
    As a teacher I had to listen to this crap for decades. Politicians and educational consultants (i.e. salesmen for the latest educational fad) constantly use this phrase to push the idea that by raising expectations for all students, student performance will universally improve.

    As a long-time high jumper I cringed everytime I heard a speaker tout "raising the bar" for everyone. I spent a considerable portion of my life trying to clear high jump bars that had been raised, well aware that the reason to keep raising the bar was to ELIMINATE people. And that the process would continue until utlimately there was only one person left and everyone else had reached some inferior limit!!!

    I was never in a competition where everyone cleared every height., so the cliche never made any sense to me. I'd look around in dismay watching school administrators nodding in agreement.... YES, raise the bar and everyone will jump over it!. I always wondered what universe these people lived in and why it was so different from mine.

    Sure, I always had high standards for my students and athletes (we owe that to ourselves and to others), but the way it turned out they all eventually separated out based on their personal intellectual and physical capabilities that seemed have little or no relation to my expectations for them! I guess I could have assumed all my students were above average and trained all my runners like they were Jim Ryun, but then the same folks who spouted the "raising the bar" nonsense would have tried to run me out of town!

  • #2
    Sorry, but I must disagree. I think it's terrific when T&F terms are used in contexts not having to do with the sport. It can help increase public consciousness of the sport.

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    • #3
      It all depends on how how high the bar is. If you opened the high jump at one meter I think a lot of people would agree we should raise the bar. I agree that raising the bar so high that only 1% are left might not be so productive.

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      • #4
        I had a boss who said to me " Right on tiger!" I wanted to vomit.

        Anyway i like most cliches. Cliches dont last unless they have a fair amount of truth to them. Grass is always greener is a gooden.
        phsstt!

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        • #5
          I can never get past the phrase, 'Can I ask you a question?'

          I have to respond, 'You can and you did.'

          As for current cliches, 'But at the end of the day' is really getting on my nerves.

          Also, 'it is what it is.'

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          • #6
            "at the present time" seems a cumbersome substitute for "now"

            I second the motion about "at the end of the day".

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            • #7
              "Ladies and gentlemen" when used by announcers to preface every stinking thing they say.

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              • #8
                [quote="Marlow"]I can never get past the phrase, 'Can I ask you a question?'

                I have to respond, 'You can and you did.'

                Similarly, when someone asks you, " Do you know what time it is ? "

                Or someone calls on the phone, and when you say " Hello, " they say, " Hi, is ( whomever) there ? "

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                • #9
                  I always answer the phone with my name. They still ask for me.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lonewolf
                    I always answer the phone with my name. They still ask for me.
                    I answered the phone that way at work, but at home, just "hello."

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                    • #11
                      Hopefully not to offend anyone, but whenever a just-victorious athlete is asked for a comment, the first thing they proclaim, often quite loudly, " I just want to thank God...." IMHO they can keep that as a personal feeling, thank you.

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                      • #12
                        As a lady I can appreciate a genuine compliment It's sort of my pet peeve however when I'm asked "is that new". I mean really, can you give a compliment without wondering if what I'm wearing is new or not? Why does that matter? When I give compliments to my co-workers or anyone on what they are wearing, I don't inquire if it's new, I just give a compliment and leave it at that :wink:

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                        • #13
                          Isn't "painful cliche" redundant?

                          Some cliches used in this thread that I could do without:

                          pet peeve - Do you feed this peeve and pick up its feces when you walk it?

                          IMHO - One of those ubiquitous message board intial phrases that took me a while to figure out. LMAO took me even longer to decode.

                          every stinking thing - Does everything really stink that bad?

                          I second the motion - Are we supposed to take a vote on the thread now?

                          getting on my nerves - At it isn't getting on your last nerve yet.

                          I wanted to vomit - Gross! If I was one of those people who threw up when they saw somebody else throw up I guess I'd want to vomit as well.

                          and finally...I always wondered what universe these people lived in - Can we call upon our resident scientists to explain the physics of this to us?

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                          • #14
                            the early bird gets the worm
                            phsstt!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by skyin' brian
                              IMHO - One of those ubiquitous message board intial phrases that took me a while to figure out. LMAO took me even longer to decode.
                              Mr. Google can help you with that sort of thing.

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