3 Cringe-Worthy Idioms

February 22nd, 2012

Airshow Skywriting by Marcus Snyder

“Talk is cheap.”

The first person that said, “Talk is cheap,” and everybody that has repeated it since would make terrible business partners (not to name names, but we’re looking at you, Thomas Chandler Haliburton). The bottom-line is that ‘talk’ takes time and time is money. In fact, I’d argue that ‘talk’ is one of the most expensive mediums for communication, second to skywriting.

Here are a few ways to keep communication from becoming ‘talk:’

  • Holding a meeting? Create an agenda and come prepared. Having a set path from the beginning to end will help to keep yourself and others on track.
  • Allocate time for a set task/project and hold yourself responsible if you go over.
  • Track progress and identify any reoccurring issues/roadblocks that cause you to go over on time and adjust your workflow accordingly.


“Everything but the kitchen sink.”

This falls into the category of ‘generality.’ The lack of clarity makes it incredibly hard to appreciate the statement’s creativity. Nobody knows what ‘everything’ means. As a result, this shouldn’t be used. When dealing with business, it’s best to avoid general statements altogether as they bring little meaning to the table. Instead, address specific items and issues directly. By clearly identifying the subject matter, you’ve helped to improve communication. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.


“Beating a dead horse.”

There are other concise, albiet less colorful ways of saying this. Try:

  • This has been discussed, let’s move on.


What sayings make you cringe? I want to hear about them – comment below!

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