Thaw think

In honor of warmth, which has arrived in Chicago, here are three phrases that should be allowed to melt and disappear:

1. Win-Win situation.
In order to feel the giggle-gurgle of winning, somebody has to lose and that somebody ought to be someone who isn’t you. Win-win is a lazy way of agreeing to give up the thrill of the win and no winner would do that.

2. Tickled pink.
This sounds uncomfortable. Fortunately, the phrase is only used marginally, and by people who remember Bing Crosby so they don’t count much. But with the comeback of the word “pink” on sweatpant butts and household utensils, we should be worried that it may resurge.

3. Bring it.
Bring what? This is a sissy way of saying “I am not scared.” Since everyone sane IS scared, we should not pretend otherwise.

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About Mrs. Fitz

Hello! I'm Michele Fitzpatrick, a Chicago writer. Like our town, a work in progress. As a journalist, teacher and writing coach I think all of us live our stories and sharing them creates moments that remind us we're connected. And that is enough.
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