Ever get tired of hearing people preface sentences with "Like" and end them with "know what I mean?" There are lots of such irritations among political pundits, too.
Thanks to RealClearPolitics Washington Bureau Chief Carl M. Cannon, there is now a useful compilation of the 15 worst such abominations of proper English usage.
Take the all too frequently heard "with all due respect." It's number seven on Cannon's list and he eviscerates it as follows:
One hears this during congressional debates and cable TV slugfests, usually signifying the exact opposite. "My opponent is an extremist, or possibly an idiot," is what they really mean.
"He’s offering these dangerous ideas either because he’s been bribed — or threatened — by the corrupt special interest groups who control his sorry excuse for a political party. So opposing his proposal is a no brainer …"
Look, I'm confident that at the end of the day, Cannon's list is, frankly, so useful that it's an absolute no-brainer, accurate to such a degree that it approaches settled science.
So, folks, don't be a denier, you will want to put a copy of Cannon's list on your desk for future reference. You may think you are beyond such assistance but, hey, I'm just sayin.'