Sunday, November 12, 2006


If I hear one more person use the idiom "back in the day," I will literally implode.
It's the 90s and "sea change" all over again, but worse. Only journalists were demented enough to over use that.


Blogger Bob Lee said...

You mean people use the hip-hop cliché in a non joking manner?

12:27 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

Yeppo. Sad, isn't it?
Actually, not first a hip-hop cliche, and it's an idiom, well on its way to a cliche. An idiom is a phrase whose parts have a different meaning separately than they do when combined. A cliche is not always an idiom and vice versa. A cliche is a word or phrase that usually has meaning in its words that were once accurately descriptive but that has been overused so much that it loses it's power to accurately describe.
That is, if I remember Comp 101, which could be debatable since that was 35 years ago.
"Back in the day," first used by not-so-literate journalists, a derivative of "back in my day" which had not quite idiom status but was used by predecessors of boomers. I think boomers think by changing it ever so slightly they do not automatically become their grandparents. :)
BITD, however, is becoming so overused that, in that respect, it is becoming cliche.

1:11 PM  
Blogger Nan said...

its, not it's
Old and not perfect

1:14 PM  

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