Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Safe to say...



It is safe to say... I have used this expression countless times. Most of these occasions were to coach friends and colleagues on what is a politically correct statement to make in a highly volatile meeting. So, I was shocked to hear these words being uttered on a popular TV channel by reporters covering the recent blasts in New Delhi.

The bone of contention was how busy the fateful day was. So, the reporter at the studio asks if she can say it is a busy day after citing the reasons. The reporter at the location repeats the reasons to give a affirmative node and adds, "... so it is safe to say it is a busy day".

Now, I can understand this kind of talk happening in the backstage so as not to hurt or enrage the public. But what is the point of saying it on the air. Are they as clueless as us? Then, don't they need to shut up and wait for the facts to emerge?

6 comments:

  1. Nowadays phrases are used as fillers than to convey something.
    Good observation.

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  2. I agree with Spicy Sweet, it has become very common among reporters to use such stupid phrases, just because they have to fill the time, and as soon as they have some "Breaking News", they would rudely cut off the reporter on the scene of action.

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  3. @Rama - I understand the filling the time. But this is more like backstage discussion happening on screen. According to me, it will create more panic.

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  4. It is safe to say that English language is brutally murdered in many TV studios every day...Good observation, good post:)

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  5. @Satish Mutatkar - Thanks for dropping by. Good word play. :)

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