Wrong, at this time…

March 7th, 2011
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“I believe at this point and time that the NDP and the Conservatives somehow will work out some kind of accommodation to at least have the budget pass …” -

Robert Fife, as quoted on the CTV website

Former U.S. Secretary of State Alexander Haig was renowned for “the semantically strained use of words and verbosity”. Although he cannot be credited with the invention of the exceedingly common, and exceedingly awkward “at this point in time”, he certainly used it and contributed to its acceptance. “At this point in time” is a classic embellishment Stupidism, given that simply stating “at this time” is more precise, clearer and more elegant.

We’ll give Mr. Fife, a respected veteran journalist, the benefit of the doubt here. We’re sure it was a slipshod junior website jockey that took “point in time” and stupified it even more by making it “point and time”. I guess this would be a combination of two phrases – “at this point” and “at this time”? Whoops! No use trying to find logic down that linguistic rabbit hole.

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