(Currently Now is an annoying business term and is just one of the 212 Most Annoying Business Phrases Managers Effuse, Confuse, and Overuse detailed in the hilarious must-have guide for every workplace: The 30,000-Pound Gorilla in the Room. Available right now on Amazon.)
Annoyingly redundant, isn’t it?
When we hear arrogant managers use currently now, we want to scream. What is the goal here? Are they trying to over emphasize the present? Do they need everyone hyper-focused on what’s happening right now… currently… as we speak… at this moment?
If you’re a member of the annoying horde using this term, ask yourself, “As opposed to what? Currently, later?”
It’s one or the other! Either say now or say currently. Or, to be fair, say neither. Try omitting both from your sentence and see if it’s not just as clear as when you feel the need to spew currently now from your mouth.
For example, instead of saying, “We feel the situation currently now is worse than at any time in the past.” Try saying, “We feel the situation is worse than at any time in the past.”
Notice how clean that second sentence is? Notice how it means exactly the same thing even though we didn’t include currently now?
Here’s a quick lesson for the grammar-challenged among you: “is” is a verb that already indicates the present tense. You know, currently now?
Replacement phrases: Now; Currently. Or, simply omit both and see if your message is clearer.
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