When my sons were younger and still living at home I would often hear the expression “Ya think?” when they were exchanging insults and compliments as brothers do. They certainly didn’t invent the expression, but it became the standing joke among our family when something that was totally obvious was presented by someone as a unique or original thought.
The expression has come to my mind frequently over the past week or so as I have watched news coverage and stories the media is enamored with. Sometimes I think the intelligence of the general public is assumed to be about zero with some of their comments. It makes me want to take a cue from comedian Bill Engvall and yell at them “here’s your sign!”
Here are a couple of statements, situations that had me saying “Ya think?” :
Reporter: “It appears that gas prices are going to continue to climb to record highs. It some areas, they could reach nearly $5.00 per gallon – something consumers probably won’t be too happy about.” Ya think?
Weather Forecaster: “As temperatures warm and the snow flurries turn to rain, motorists will likely want to use their windshield wipers.” Ya think?
Reporter: “As the world mourns the death of singer Whitney Houston, the cause of death is still unclear and it could take weeks to discover. We do know one thing, however, whatever the cause it was clearly life threatening.” Ya think?
Reporter: “The political debates continue to be heated with no clear candidate emerging. One thing is certain, however, to be President, a candidate will have to win the election in November.” Ya think?
Too bad we don’t have a 2-3 second delay on speech, so we could engage a filter before we say really stupid things!
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