Right there in big, bold type, a reporter informed us that a
football player “made a
conscious decision not to get rattled anymore.” The coach must have been
pleased to know one of his charges was thinking while determining his future conduct. University of Michigan
A few days later, we learned the gunman who terrorized the
Los Angeles airport said
in a handwritten letter he “made a conscious decision to try to kill multiple
TSA officers.” Surely, the disaster would have been even greater had the
shooter been blazing away while unconscious.
Now on full alert, the geezer made a “conscious effort” to watch for reports of “conscious decisions.” Sure enough, all sorts of people were making decisions while conscious about matters ranging from the mundane to the monumental. At the rate the new form of decision making is sweeping the nation, a majority will be forced to get aboard the conscious decision bandwagon “sooner rather than later.”
Apparently, no longer is it fashionable to simply do something soon even when one was conscious while deciding to do it.
It now is possible to demonstrate I am “with it” by merging my latest two language pet peeves with two previous ones into one glorious sentence: “Most importantly and hopefully, we now sooner rather than later will be making conscious decisions.”
It has a certain ring to it, doesn't it?