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Did we use "go ahead and…" as much before Office Space?

Usually when a movie makes fun of a particular turn of phrase, you expect non-self-aware, non-jokey usage of that phrase to go down while jokey, deliberate usage rises. But in my completely unscientific survey of business conversations conducted by me in the years since I first saw Office Space, I'm pretty sure our collective use of "Go ahead and…" to signify a gentle imperative has actually increased. Hunh.

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  1. I can't tell whether usage has increased, or I'm just more sensitive to the phrase since the movie highlighted it.

    August 28, 2006 at 2:30 pm (#)

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