I am becoming sick of the mindless words or phrases repeated over and over again by those on media or public platforms. Pretentious substitutes that have far better and more succinct replacements. My collection of this bilge so far includes the following:

You know
Like . . . like
Um, um, um, um, um, um recurring
Tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu-tu recurring

If we take this narrative um-um-um and unbundle it so that we can unpack  it for a discussion, you know, we can have um-um-um-um-um-um, like, a conversation, like, to-to-to-to-to-to dismantle it, you know.

There are lots of other candidates, but I can’t remember them. Anyone else able to add to my collection?

9/12/2019 “Looking forward;” “Going forward;” “Moving forward”.



(suggested by pensitivity 101): ‘Let us be clear.’  ‘I want to be perfectly clear on this.’ Of course, no clarity whatsoever emerges.
(suggested by SueW) ‘You know what I mean’ recurring.
(suggested by philosophermouseofthehedge) ‘existential threat’; ‘bullying’.
18.12.2019 Another example of journobabble: ‘nabbed’. Oh, come on!


 December 2019 Colonialist

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24 Responses to Politibabble

  1. Widdershins says:

    And there’s always the good old stand-by, ‘hopes and prayers’ when referring to something ‘bad’ that has happened, to someone else. Funnily enough they never go into the details of what they’re hoping for or what/whom they’re praying to/for.


  2. equinoxio21 says:

    “That is a very good question, and I thank you for bringing it up”.
    (S/he has no idea what the answer is. Just making time…)
    Plan B (as no clue pops in the politico’s mind):
    “Now before we tackle this issue, allow me to make a few points first.”
    Question has been killed.

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  3. SueW says:

    You know what I mean! Repeated over and over.


  4. Existential threat…oh, please.
    And “bullying” so over used it means nothing and everything…specific nouns, please…oh, that would require revising vocabulary study – awesome!


  5. As my pen is poised over None of the Above for next week’s UK election, all I’m hearing is
    ‘Let us be clear’, ‘I want to be perfectly clear on this’, but nobody is actually answering the relevant question!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Tooty Nolan says:

    It doesn’t give you much hope for future generations, does it!

    Liked by 2 people

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