April 29, 2006
Maybe it's just because I have been looking for it, but recently, the phrase "at the end of the day" has been all over news shows, news stories, washed-up pop star items, sports reports and podcasts. The phrase is used to say, "when you take everything into account, this is what the result is." Only once in a million hits is it used in anything near a correct manner.
I guess if you're listening for anything, any phrase can become annoying, but this one seems to be especially so, because when someone says "at the end of the day," they're not referring to anything that will happen at the end of any time period. I catch myself thinking, "wow, will they really find this out 'at the end of the day?'"
So is it just me? Or, at the end of the day, does this phrase annoy everyone?