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."
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]aol.com
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