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Why is hail always the size of something else?” –George Carlin

Here’s what’s on my list of hackneyed phrases that should disappear immediately:

–“Soft patch,” “rough spell,” “bump in the road,”  “economic headwinds,” and all related synonyms
–“Extended period of time”
–“New Normal”
–“Oversold” (as in, “stocks are now oversold and due for a bounce”)

Astute readers will recognize that many of the above have the same provenance — namely, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke; the rest come from virtually any daily copy of The Wall Street Journal.

Bernanke might not know any better . . . but the financial journalists covering him (and the markets) certainly should!

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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