Everyone is sort of saying nothing

Steve Whiteley
2 min readMay 11, 2022
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There’s a new sort of fashionable phrase being uttered from the mouths of academics, celebrities and politicians. And it’s becoming quite repetitive whilst also contributing to vague wishy washy opinions that sort of don’t mean anything. But yet somehow it gives off an air of intellectual superiority, as if the words represent a notion so vast and challenging that it needs to be broken down for the sake of us mere mortals.

This phrase is sort of replacing like, the word of a generation. Yes I believe you know what word I’m referring to. It’s one that I’m guilty of using on like far one too many occasions. But whereas it has been inherited from our friends across the pond, this latest phrase seems to have sort of to have derived from the South East of England. Why though, are you hear you ask dear reader is this travesty blemishing the English language. Are people saying it in fear of being cancelled? Perhaps if they sort of say something they get away with anything? Or is to give off the impression that what is being said is so abstract and groundbreaking that it’s of difficult to describe. When it comes to politicians my guess is it sort of serves a purpose for both of the above.

But can you imagine the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes sort of creating the English language? I think not. Or the Buddha sort of finding enlightenment after meditating beneath the bodhi tree for 49 days. Or how about the Chinese emperor Shen Nung sort of discovering tea, while sitting beneath a tree as his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Ok so that sort of did happen, but you get my point. Such matters require definitive action and words, which is why I’m sort of campaigning that we like totally erase this super monstrosity of a turn of phrase for eternity. Feel free to reach out with your thoughts and opinions.