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.”
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.