Mike, thanks for reaching out and sharing your concerns. I’ve reached out to some people with what you said, and they reached back, with us all agreeing that you’ve reached a valid point. The use of these kind of feel-good synonyms has reached an all-time high, so much so that broadcast news has now reached beyond mere reporting, instead attempting to reach into people’s lives as counselor and savior. I may be reaching too far in saying this, but I think this has reached crisis proportions.
While not a “catch phrase” per se, I have seen a little hand symbol used by Jan, the Toyota spokesperson in a commercial, where she says something that sounds like “tot tot” and taps the back of her arm/wrist twice with 2 fingers in a “v” formation, before uttering a short phrase. At first I thought that this gesture might have the same meaning as “air-quotes” but am unsure of that interpretation… can anybody here clarify?