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Marketing bollocks, buzzword bingo, or your mum saying "fudge" when she really wants to swear like a trooper. Let's ride the hockey stick curve of this top hat product, solutioneers.

Thanks to simbosan for the idea

(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 13:13)
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As taught to me by my A-Level English Teacher
Anyone who when giving an important talk or lecture says "Basically" has no fucking clue what they are talking about.

I reckon this will shaft most politicians during the next few weeks.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:02, 7 replies)
I was best man at my mate's wedding
I'd forgotten the notes for my speech and had to wing it. It was littered with the word basically.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:08, closed)
That's unfortunate. Should have rolled in the knob gags.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:09, closed)
What did he suggest as an alternative?
My public-school headmaster used to hate the word basically too -- but it does convey a meaning that "put simply", for example, hides behind a ertain degree of patronisation.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:10, closed)
Actually knowing the subject you have to talk about.

(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:11, closed)
I do...
But there's little point explaining the workings of DNS to my dear old mother, for example.
I like the "in summary", and in a lecture I'd say it was more correct, so perhaps we agree apart from certain contexts.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:27, closed)
You could try 'in summary' or 'in short', maybe.

(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:14, closed)
My A-Level Chemistry teacher would go out of his way to say "basically"
whenever discussing acids or bases. Then he'd pause for a second with a grin on his face.
(, Thu 8 Apr 2010, 18:42, closed)

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