Date: Fri, 21 Jul 1995 09:08:51 PDT

From: tom creswell creswell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CROWN.NET

Subject: Re: "at the end of the day"


But seriously, it seems obvious, especially in the later responses to your message,

that "at the end of the day" has become, like earlier "finalize," "contact," and more

recent "bottom line," what in an ironic mimicking of its own sense was called a

"buzz word"--a term popular, even a book title, in the 70's. Like all such ex=

presions, "buzz word" seems not so frequently used as sit once was.

It is interesting to note that, like the other examples I list above, "at the end of the

day" has long been a part of the language but has suddenly become for whatever

reason an expression by use of which you demonstrate that you are "with it."

Tom Creswell

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A Capitol Bureau reporter for the St Petersburg (Florida) Times wants to know

why "at the end of the day" has become a popular spin phrase in politics (and

else where). He has searched leading newspapers and finds more than double

the citations from 1991 to 1994. I said I'd ask around and see what y'all

have to say about it.

I will report back to him, but if any of you care to get in touch directly,

he's Bill Moss and his number is 904-224-7263.

Thanks - Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

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