From today's Philadelphia Daily News:
The onset of the new year makes me nostalgic for earlier time: a different time, a simpler time.
Maybe what I really need is to be transported to sometime back in the day.
But when exactly was "back in the day"?
Was it a few months ago? A few years ago? Decades ago? Maybe it was even a century ago. Or maybe it stretches back to the Middle Ages.
I don't know. All I know is that whatever day is back there is different for everyone who's remembering or talking about back in the day.
Back in the day is one of those words or phrases that, after years of increasing use, finally achieved total oversaturation last year - while still managing to communicate almost absolutely nothing. And it's one of those catchalls that should be banished in the new year.
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