A Special Investigation: Uncovering the Real “They”
What I want to know is, just who do they think they are?
They. Could you be any less specific? What is it that makes they the ultimate authority on EVERYTHING?
“That’s what they say.”
“Well, you know what they say about …”
“That’s what they tell me.”
Can somebody p-l-e-a-s-e tell me, “Who… is… THEY?!!!”
Is the use of they a lame attempt to add an air of authority to any half baked, partially digested, fully regurgitated idea, therefore making it seem more palatable?
Or could it be that we’re simply too lazy to verify or fact check, so we put all the risk of sounding foolish on them? I mean they! Grammatically them but for my purposes they. Ok … that didn’t come out as well as I would have liked.
They are our biggest supporters and allies. So the next you want to win an argument in which your assertion is being kicked, courageously apply the formidable support and infinite wisdom of “they say“.
Need to shame your kids into eating their vegetables?
Want to nudge your spouse into tackling an ever expanding to do list?
Have the desire to help a friend give up an unhealthy habit?
Then boldly invoke the power of they. Place your order now! It REALLY works … (Or at least that’s what they tell me.)
Offer valid while supplies last.
PS: Please don’t scour this site for all the instances in which I played the now infamous “they say” card. 🙂
(above picture from here)