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Perspective - October 26, 2007

Streetwise

Asked in downtown Danville

What's the most obnoxious word or phrase you hear these days?

I'll tell you one that's over-used in my profession: "I'll be honest with you." It makes you sound like you're lying through your teeth. Like, "You're special, I'll be honest with you." I'm a sales manager, so I scream at people on the floor when I hear them say that.

Bob Shalon

general manager

People who ask, "How are you?" and they don't want an answer. If you asked me how I am, I might take up 10 minutes of your time. That's how I am these days.

Glenn Samson

financial advisor

"That sucks." That is a very annoying phrase. It's sexual but it's part of our general vernacular, mostly by younger kids and teenagers.

Barry Zwahlen

real estate agent

"Have a nice day," spoken by a police officer as he hands you a ticket. This is not based on a real life experience.

B. Lynn Goodwin

freelance writer and retired teacher

Something I catch myself saying too much is, "cool." I should come up with something that's less over-used. Anything's better, even "wonderful" or "great."

Dante Marrocco

real estate investor

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