Eliminate “Out of an Abundance of Caution”

Gag me with a spoon. I’m sick of hearing, “Out of an abundance of caution….”

Bad:

An abundance of caution is bad. People buy all the toilet paper out of an abundance of caution. Now you don’t have any.

You wouldn’t get married if you practiced an abundance of caution. The chances are 50/50 you’re going to make it. When was the last time you made a life-impacting decision based on 50/50 odds?

Out of an abundance of caution, people don’t get vaccinated. I’m just saying.

Reasonable:

Reasonable caution is enough.

Anything beyond reasonable caution goes too far. It’s reasonable to avoid large gatherings during a pandemic. That’s not an abundance of caution!

An abundance of caution is gobbledygook.

Stop using the word “caution” altogether. Use “smart,” instead. You’re not being cautious when you wash your hands twenty times a day. Give yourself some credit. That’s smart.

Hooked:

If you’re hooked on saying, “Out of an abundance of caution,” get creative.

Out of an abundance of caution, eat more chocolate. After all, there could be a shortage.

Out of an abundance of caution, my wife is getting out of the house. You figure out who’s running for safety.

Out of an abundance of caution, avoid baths. In the U.S., 4,866 people drowned in bathtubs in 2014. Who knows how high the number is today?

Out of an abundance of caution, I’m binging Schitt$ Creek on Netflix. (I don’t like the way binging looks. It makes me think I’m using the search engine Bing. I Google. You won’t catch me Bing-ing.)

Out of an abundance of caution, NEVER get in a car again. The chances you’ll die are 1:103!

Out of an abundance of caution, I’m stopping this list right here.

Don’t squander the present waiting for the return of the past.

What phrases are you hearing more frequently?

What phrases are you tired of hearing?