Robert Hartwell Fiske, in "The Dimwit’s Dictionary,” considers "take a listen” to be "as inane as it is insulting.” He adds, "Journalists and media personalities who use this offensive phrase ought to be silenced; businessmen dismissed; public officials pilloried.”
Well, Buck wouldn’t go that far. Maybe it’s because he spends a lot of time around the grease pit, where the ear has to be more tolerant.
"Give a listen,” Ms. Clarisse van Beauregard said; "I’m having to cancel my dinner party for the Greasepit Gang.”
"Frankly,” Floyd said, "I don’t give a rip.”
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