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“At the end of the day”…AARRGGHHH!

How often have you heard someone, usually a politician in my experience, say “at the end of the day…” whereby they follow it up with some profound statement related to how smart they think they are.

For example, “At the end of the day, my course of action will be proven right.”

This phrase has now become an all-encompassing statement that defines some ill-defined point in the future. Is that “end of the day” today, tomorrow, next week, next year, or simply sometime in this lifetime?

Our beloved (not so much) Premier is currently using it in one of her political ads for her and her governing party who are seeking re-election and  every time I hear it, I want to run out of the room.

For my friends in the United States who may not know what a Premier is and others not familiar with a Parliamentary democracy, you can think of the Premier as the Governor of your state but with a lot more power. In Canada, we laughingly (ok sometimes not so laughingly) say that we live in a benevolent dictatorship where we get to elect the dictator for the next four years.

Anyway, back to the point at hand. Whoever came up with the phrase “at the end of day” should be locked in a room and subjected to at least eight hours of really bad prose that becomes a meme that they will carry with them forever.

Let me give you an example of how this phrase and others like it can be strung together to make little or no sense but sure sound like good politics:

            “In the fullness of time and at the end of the day, there will be no doubt that I stood on my record for all to see.”

Politician wondering

Politician wondering (Photo credit: .H0oT.)

Truthfully, how many of you have not heard something similar. Now let’s dissect what this theoretical politician really said:

            “At some future date that I can’t define and when in all likelihood I’m either out of politics or dead, my service to the community will be appreciated but first I’m going to have step off my records (how they got underfoot I have no idea) so that my positions can be read so all you people will understand that I did what I said I’d do.”

But that takes too long to say doesn’t it?

So, here’s what I’m sure of “at the end of the day”. At the end of the day, where I live at least, darkness will follow daylight, the TV will be on, I will check my email before going to bed, I will go to bed and with any luck have a restful night (fat chance! Oops, sorry editorializing.)

So the next time you hear someone say “at the end of the day”, ask them what they mean by saying “at the end of day”.

I’ll just about guarantee that they won’t have an answer.

At the end of the day, there is my rant.

 

8 comments on ““At the end of the day”…AARRGGHHH!

  1. coachdaddyblogger
    May 4, 2013

    I had a boss in a hotel who overused (meaning, use more than once) that phrase. I always thought to myself, “at the end of the day, you’ll be gone from here several hours, and the rest of us will be here still working.” It’s funny that I don’t really remember the things she told me, only her use of the phrase.

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      May 4, 2013

      I don’t think that people realize that something as simple as a phrase can cause a person to lose all track of what is being said. I now turn off as soon as I hear it and the rest is “blah, blah, blah…”

  2. Lynette d'Arty-Cross
    May 2, 2013

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I HATE that dumb phrase! You couldn’t have described these silly politicians any better :) Btw, are you in B.C.? If, so, isn’t there a strong possibility that she’s on her way out?

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      May 2, 2013

      It was like the old statement, “I’m on my last nerve and you’re getting on it.”

      Yes I do live in BC and up until today, I would have agreed with you on Christy and the Liberals . However a new poll shows them only 7 points behind when they’ve been trailing by 20 for the last several months. I don’t think that Christy can win her own seat. She is up against a very strong NDP opponent and she only won by a little over 500 votes in the by-election that got her a seat. It will be interesting. :)

  3. ramblingsfromamum
    May 2, 2013

    At the end of the day Nelson I’m glad I read your post, I hope you checked your mail and that you slept well. Oh so many politicians are accountable for this line. Simply a way of saying I haven’t got a clue or nothing will change. “Rant Away” friend :-)

    • Nelson - One Old Sage
      May 2, 2013

      Thank you. I do get going sometimes. Unfortunately, the sleep, well, not so much, but I made it through another day. :)

      • ramblingsfromamum
        May 2, 2013

        We are all entitled :-) Yes I too have trouble falling asleep and then staying asleep, so the days are usually a blur. Glad you made it through another one :-)

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