Well, first of all…

Do you spend any time in chat rooms on on message boards? I do – probably too much time. I’ve had a growing need to comment on something that bugs me, so here goes:

People, please try to refrain from starting comments with “Well” and/or “First of all.” Those phrases irk me. They seem very argumentative and arrogant. I see them all the time, and each time I cringe before reading on.

“First of all” is my least favorite. What’s funny is that the phrase is rarely followed by a “second.”

It seems I must go. Perhaps I’ll add more to this some other time. Until then.

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