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January 31, 2006



When it comes to trite phrases, I don't like to play favorites. Don't rain on your husband's parade. I don't mean you should throw in the towel; instead, raise the bar and throw him a curveball.

If you speak only in cliche phrases you will throw gasoline on the fire. But you won't sound like a broken record as long as you go for broke and use as many as possible.

Heck, it's better than a sharp stick in the eye.


All of those pale in comparison to the stupidity of "not for nothing, but". I would literally rather watch paint dry than start saying that.


OK I don't know this James, but he gave me my first laff of the morning!

Karen, before you match Andy, make sure all your ducks are in a row. And you're both on the same page.


:-D You hit the nail on the head!


BTW - writing that comment made my head hurt.

Wow - I have to agree with Brooke. "not for nothing, but" makes me cringe. I confess, I'm not even sure what it means.

I think it means "Please stand by. Eventually I may say something that means something."


Wow...it's the written equivalent of listening to a professional athlete elucidate why he chose sports over public speaking!


But at the end of the day, you know it's all in good fun.


"Not for nothing, but..." is one of those things that Andy started to say as a joke, but it has sort of stuck. It's gotten so we don't even always realize he's said it...I guess that's how any meaningless phrase enters the lexicon!

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