But one buzzphrase which still packs power is: That train has left the station.
That's what I said to two neighbors last night. They had finished helping me set up a digital gadget.
Of course, they lingered to talk. Now that they were actually in my house for the first time they felt license to become more intimate.
"Have you ever been married?" That's what one asked.
"Have you met a possible soulmate since you moved to Ohio?" That's what the other asked.
I figured I would end that whole conversation by replying, "That train has already left the station."
Instead it opened up the conversation to a 45-minute explanation about how "marketable" I was in the relationship space.
Among those selling points were my youthful personality (despite my age) and my dog (male bait).
Lesson learned: Be aware of what buzzphrases still have power. Don't leverage them if you want to exit a conversation.
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