(Goes Without Saying 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.)
Goes Without Saying
When we hear the mind-numbing phrase goes without saying, our immediate thoughts are, “Does it? Does it go without saying? If it does, then why did you say it? You’ve successfully wasted however many seconds of our lives it took for you to say that thing that goes without saying. Congratulations, you are not only annoying, you are a fool. Have a nice day.”
We understand the annoying managers in your life very often feel the need to simply fill the air with their vast knowledge and experience. They cannot sit quietly and listen; they cannot let others have the last word; they cannot let others be viewed as the most knowledgeable on any topic.
They must open their traps and regurgitate something we all already clearly understand. Of course, to keep from looking like the sad buffoons they are, they begin their diatribe with, “It goes without saying, but…”
The only possible way to eradicate this unnecessary verbal assault on our ears is for us to band together and agree we will all use the same retort. That is, whenever we hear someone start his/her sentence with, “It goes without saying,” we need to be ready to reply in unison, “Then don’t,” before they even have a chance to tell us what’s so redundantly important to them.
Replacement phrases: Obviously, it goes without saying that no replacement is needed.
See also: Easier Said Than Done; Let Me Start By Saying
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