Posted by R. Berg on September 08, 2001

In Reply to: Absolutely! posted by ESC on September 08, 2001

: Is it my imagination or is everybody on U.S. television starting to use the word Absolutely! every third word? I've had some time to kill recently and have been watching TV interviews of people who are in hot water for one reason and another. (Notice how I worked those phrases in there.) A frequently reply to a question is "Absolutely!" Maybe they all have the same media coach/spin doctor.

I've been giving TV short shrift lately, but I occasionally touch base with someone (in the flesh) who says "Absolutely!" as an off-the-cuff answer instead of "Yes." It drives me up the wall. His daily bread comes partly from--surprise, surprise!--public relations.