Spouters of tired phrases

San Francisco Chronicle - - PAGE 2 -

It’s a new year, a great time to clean out the sports garage, throw out those un­wanted and un­needed phrases, such as:

Upon fur­ther re­view. “Fur­ther re­view” means a re­view of the re­view. Zero tol­er­ance. Al­most al­ways used by some­one who, upon fur­ther re­view, has at least a tiny bit of tol­er­ance for what he has zero tol­er­ance.

This one’s on me. Spo­ken by a los­ing coach, and usu­ally means, “This one’s on the id­iot play­ers who won’t lis­ten to me.” When spo­ken in a bar, no prob­lem.

Score the bas­ket­ball. No. Please.

Lit­er­ally. “He lit­er­ally car­ried the team on his back.” That’s lit­er­ally in­cor­rect, un­less it’s the wife-car­ry­ing com­pe­ti­tion. Fail­ure is not an op­tion. Fail­ure is al­ways an op­tion. That’s why they play the games.

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