“Thanks in advance”
This demeaning management phrase, often accompanying some unwanted assignment, is the polite corporate way of saying, “You’d better do this terrible thing or I’ll eat your paycheck.” Don’t miss these words and phrases smart people never, ever use.
Instead: Cut to the chase with, “I know you don’t want to do this… in advance.”
“It is what it is”
This desperate filler phrase is a longer version of “whatever,” and a shorter version of “I have nothing helpful to contribute, but don’t want to stop talking yet.” Weakest. Advice. Ever.
Instead: Memorize this clever-sounding T.S. Eliot line: “If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?”