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"Sick and Tired"
Wednesday, December 3, 2008 • Posted December 3, 2008

I’m sick and tired of hearing people use that old worn out expression “I’m sick and tired of”. I seriously doubt that the users of this cliché are really “sick”, they are, in all probability, just quite “tired” of hearing, reading or seeing something with which they do not agree.

This being the case it is my off hand “horseback” opinion that they should say something like “I wish y’all would quit saying or doing things like that”. Texans could then relate more easily to “y’all” even though they might be just as “sick and tard” as the other fellow. While this suggested change is not in itself outstanding, it could be considered as just one of the many new routes to the same destination.

Having said all of this I now find myself guilty of using that same old worn out expression. My son called the other night to wish me happy birthday and asked if I wanted him to renew my subscription to a conservative publication which he had given me on my previous birthday. I said “No, after spending the past year reading some 30 odd pages of criticism from 25 to 30 “big game hunters” (writers) who have ganged up and are beating hell out of our present administration I am “sick and tard” of reading this rehashed stuff every week.”

As an avid reader of Editorials for the past 50 years I greatly enjoyed this collection of syndicated columns.... in the beginning, that is. But, after some six months of traveling down the same route and seeing the view on only one side of the road I grew tired of the same scenery week after week.

I told my son that I believed that the referenced publication would be more enjoyable if it included an occasional view from the other side of the road. He agreed that I was no doubt right in this assessment, for, he felt sure that reading the liberal side of these issues, as he does in the Washington papers, might again whet my appetite for the conservative view.

And speaking of old expressions how about this one which is used to death by the news media: “The public needs to know and/or has a right to know.” I will agree with to the right to know part but the need to know leaves a number of big questions: What will the public do with all of this information they need to know after they know it? Will it be worth the price they may have to pay some one to obtain this information for them?

For instance: what good does it do for the public to know that one of their public servants has lied to them or to congress when chances are that the ones making the accusations are liars themselves.

Also back in ’93 Mike Kinsley, on the Crossfire Program, was ready to lynch Cap Weinberger for lying. My question to him would have been: “If you eliminated all of the liars in Washington D. C. from appearing on your show, where would you get your guests?”

Another often used expression I am “sick and tired of” is the word appalled, so often used in letters to the Editor. This word might look well in print but how often is it used in conversation? I cannot imagine one of my friends saying “I was appalled” at what that person said or did when he could just as easily have said “I was disgusted”. However, for those writing something which may appear on the Letters to the Editor page of a newspaper the word “appalled” might sound more dignified.

Regardless of the dignity of the word perhaps we should check into it’s wardrobe of synonyms to determine whether it might be more appropriately dressed if attired in such apparel as shocked, dismayed, repelled, aghast, disgusted, confounded, overwhelmed, dumbfounded and horrified. Here again I will go “horseback” with the opinion that it might look better clothed in this other attire which does not appear to be quite so snooty, vain, conceited, egotistical or high-hat as when wearing the haughty and arrogant tuxedo known as appalled.

I must admit however, that the expression “sick and tired of” is a handy gadget that can be used on so many occasions that it can easily become a habit. And I will tell you right now that a man can get sick and tired of the way his wife uses the word “always.” Why are you always doing this or saying that she will ask?

Why is it that something that a man does infrequently can become an habitual always to a woman? For instance: he can leave his towel lying on the bath tub once or twice and it becomes an always; he can leave his shoes under the coffee table for say two nights and it becomes an always; he can be late for dinner on several occasions and then it becomes “why do you always wait until I call you to dinner before going to the bathroom” and added to that is “why are you always gone when I need you to help carry in the groceries?”

And then when one so full of innocence as I should ask “when did I leave a towel lying on the tub more than once or twice” the answer is always always; when I complain of harassment about the shoes she says “Bill, you always leave them there” and when I suggest that she bring the groceries home while I am there to help, her answer is still the same “what difference would it make, you’re always gone.”

So I decided the other day to check into the wardrobe of this word always and I found it to include such apparel as forever, constantly, all of the time, continually, ceaselessly, invariably and without fail.

After looking over this different attire I had to conclude that I really could not select a word that would make me feel any better than the one I am already “sick and tired of.”

e-mail address bodenhamer@cebridge.net

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