‘So, like end of’ Eh? End of what?

Where the heck has the utterly meaningless and annoying phrase “end of” come from?

I’ve just had someone on the phone who finished a comment with “so, like end of”.

And, earlier this morning, I heard a Radio 2 pundit conclude his pet theory with a sonorous “end of”.

Yesterday, I was waiting in the queue at the feed merchant and overheard two people arguing, one of whom clearly though they had the upper hand as they finished with an emphatic “end of”.

I’ve had emails in the past week that concluded with “end of” and glimpsed another on the Other Half’s computer as well.

Hmm, and I seem to remember seeing a blog post that concluded with “end of”, too.


The end of what?

The end of the argument?

The end of the debate?

The end of a theory?

The end of prosperity?

The end of the world?

The end of articulate conversation?

The end of intelligent writing?

The end of ridiculous phrases is the one I’m waiting for.

25 Responses to “‘So, like end of’ Eh? End of what?”

  1. There’s a character on “Gavin and Stacey” who uses ‘end of’ as one of her catch phrases. It’s wonderfully toe curling when she does it.

  2. mummys little angel Reply 28 November, 2008 at 13:06

    MLA’s old teacher used to say to him, “end of story” or “end of……” Of course he would then ask “what story?” or “end of what?” and he would then be promptly told to leave the room for being cheeky!

  3. I can’t stand the “in” phrases either. I used to get apoplectic if anyone used “well awful” in a conversation with me. Our son thought I was mad!

  4. I sadly believe it’s all part of the dumbing down that’s been encouraged in the UK. Did you see the mathematics question comparison that was on the BBC. I didn’t attempt the Chinese one, set as a pre-entry level question as I was just off to feed the animals but the UK one which was a first-year question set for chemistry students took about 30 secondsand most of that time was spent dredging ‘SOHCAHTOA’ from the depths of maths lessons35 years ago.

    As for the “in” phrases, am I bovered? Oh yes I’m very bothered.

    Sorry rant over, I just the glorification of ignorance and the concept that no-one can be allowed to fail (or should that be not-achieve) so upsetting and it fails everybody in the end.

  5. another lazy phrase from across the atlantic i suspect

    another example that I dislike:

    “I was like…” – used constantly by teenagers describing a situation they encountered

    • afraid that ones not from over here andycook. i live in america and have never heard it. i was actually a little confused by what stoney was even talking about. i know we yanks come out with a lot of truely stupid things however this is not one of them.

  6. bare up respec innit homie.

    Sorry, i mean good point.

    I do have to admit though, the slightest mention of SOHCAHTOA brings me out in a cold sweat.

  7. Ah yes, remember the good old days of trig tables? Never mind these new fangled calculators!! :D

  8. Silly Old Harry Caught A Herring Trawling Off Alaska.

  9. Careful, Stoney, you’re showing your age…

  10. I think you’ll find the derivation comes from radio message protocols where messages are supposed to be, but rarely, terminated with ‘end of message’, often shortened to ‘end of’. I propose we use the more common ‘over (and out)’ and see if it filters into day to day speak!

  11. Some Officers Have Curly Auburn Hair Till Old Age, was the one I was taught!

    Trig tables? what about Slide rules…..?

    I actually DID have to learn how to use one..for a bit…and trig tables…

    one day, ( when the power all goes..) it will ALL come in useful again?

    Mind you, I haven’t heard a mention of trig tables ( yet) on “Survivors”….

    but I digress…I agree, this use of such “dumb” phraseology is irritating, to say the least….


  12. Disgruntled, in that case I’ve always been old!

    Toytowner, the Other Half claims the derivation is from “end of story”. But what would she know, she’s only an English teacher… ;)

    CW, snap! I also learned how to use a slide rule and remember calculating square roots on them. I liked doing the calculation and seeing how it was arrived at, where a scientific calculator simply gives you the answer.

    Yes, Disgruntled is right!

  13. mummys little angel Reply 28 November, 2008 at 21:44

    The OH is very probably right, as I don’t know about other countries but as far as I aware in the UK with military sources things like ‘over and out,’ ‘end of message’, and ‘do you here this’ were never used. What were/are used is ‘over’. ‘Out’. ‘Do you here there’ (naval), boy there were some arguments over that one by some ‘know it Alls’ with a WWII radio operator I knew. He should know!

    Something is pricking in my mind about Morse code and message end, probably a certain series of letters to signify end of message.

  14. Di-dah-di-dah-dit

    AR—end message.


    SK—end transmission.

    I paid attention in Scouts and cadets, and can still remember a good deal of morse code and semaphore. Hmm, that could start another rant about about how lame Cubs and Scouts are these days.

    I am getting old, shudder.

  15. mummys little angel Reply 28 November, 2008 at 22:44

    cheers Stoney, the ‘old’ brain often has these ‘memories’ I can’t recall.

    I should add I am older than Stoney!!!!

    and I wasn’t in the Cubs or the Scouts, except as a leader. I had to join flipping brownies or girly Guides…now that will really make you shudder!

    mmmmmmmm I also note my last comment is dyslexic again…that’s what happens when you have decipher emails from a dyslexic friend several times a day!

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