There are two phrases that I simply don't allow people to say to me. They are: “quick question” and “simply”. Depending on its usage, “just” is just as questionable. (Yes, I know I've used two of the forbidden phrases in the last three sentences. The Coding Hillbilly is nothing if not a grammatical and hypocritical enigma.)
Nothing good ever follows these words so I have some canned responses when I hear them:
- You ask the question and I'll tell you if it's quick
- And why don't you “simply“ fix that ticking sound in your car engine?
- I'll get right on that. I “just“ have to rebuild this server first.
- The question may be quick. The answer won't. (Memory's fuzzy but I believe credit goes to Rajeev for that one.)
Any other verboten words and phrases I should add? I'm always up for a little personal censorship.