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Herald and Journal, October 26, 1998

Know what I'm saying here?

By SUE FINK

Hello, there. It's the crabby lady again.

A few years ago, I told my kids not to say the word, "cool," around me anymore. No doubt I date myself by saying, "Hey, that's neat!" I only know that I have reached overload on statements of coolness. I cringe every time I hear the word now.

At the risk of being labeled an old fuddy-duddy, I also wish people would stop being so "nasty." I have noticed that word creeping into the over-use category, too. Did this get started with Janet Jackson singing about "Nasty Boys?" No doubt if she had sung about naughty boys the song wouldn't have had the same ring to it. I just wish I didn't have to hear people call every thing else "nasty."

I'm sure everyone has their own pet peeves about expressions they hear. Another great one is, "Know what I'm saying?" My kids are forbidden to utter these words in my presence.

When I hear this, I want to reply, "Of course, I know what you're saying. Do you think I'm a complete idiot?"

Naturally, I know how my kids would answer that question.

"Know what I'm saying" seems to have taken the place of the all-purpose, "Ya know?" I remember seeing a television interview of an athlete where the interviewee said "ya know" at least 17 times - in one sentence! Maybe it just seemed like that many. I had to turn off the TV before I went insane from listening to him.

I don't claim to be perfect. Over the years I have used my share of cool and groovy.

Just remember, it's not cool to be so nasty. Know what I'm saying?


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