By JOHN KANELIS / email@example.com
I belong to a social media group that comprises alumni from my high school in Portland, Ore.
Someone in that group posted the picture you see with this brief post. I responded with “at the end of the day.” The question posed has sparked a lively talk among fellow graduates of Parkrose High School.
I feel a need to explain why “at the end of the day” is No. 1 on my list of annoying phrases.
It is, to put it simply, a setup for what comes next from the person who says it. The phrase seems to come most often from politician who are in the middle of some monologue about a policy matter. They will tell you, “At the end of the day” and then mutter a phrase that — in their vacuous mind — is the most profound statement ever uttered.
It usually is just another platitude.
I suppose I could offer all the other annoying phrases with which I am familiar. I’ll spare you all of that.
Just know that if you tell me something that follows “at the end of the day,” I am likely to scream.