One phrase that annoys me is “Let’s agree to disagree.” It’s a bit unnecessary, isn’t it? After all, we weren’t arguing about whether or not we agree with each other. If we didn’t disagree, we wouldn’t be having an argument, now, would we?
There are other complications which could arrive. What if you think we disagree and I think we agree, like it’s just a matter of semantics but really, deep down, we think alike but you’re too stubborn to admit you’re wrong. In that case, we’d disagree about whether or not we agree, but that would be a rare case.
Most of the time, when you disagree, it becomes pretty obvious pretty quick.
The thing that really ticks me off about the phrase,though, is it’s shorthand for “I’ve run out of argument, and I’m sick of your facts and logic and memes and links and stuff, so I’m going to quit now.” It’s like we’re talking to a wall.
Hillary supporters do it all the time. “I don’t want to talk about it,” “I’m not looking for negative comments,” and so on.
Problem is, a conversation is like a running stream, not so easily dammed. Even more so on the internet.