The "time" Factor
Here are two phrases which I find are “useless”, and which you might often hear over the radio, on national TV or when you speak to someone:
- at this present moment
- at this moment in time
The second phrase, especially, is ridiculous. Why “…in time“? Doesn’t it make you feel like you’re in a time machine or something? Those two phrases actually mean, “now“. It makes me wonder, why is it so difficult to just say something like:
- I’m really busy now. OR
- Currently, I’m very busy. OR
- I’m busy at the moment.
…instead of. “I’m really busy at this present moment“? I don’t have the answer, but I get really annoyed when I hear those phrases. Our local corporate leaders and politicians seem to make this “blunder” quite often, especially if they’re not proficient in the English language.