you should excuse the expression

you should excuse the expression

Please forgive what I just said or am about to say. This polite disclaimer for uttering a profanity, obscenity, or vulgarity was adopted from Yiddish about 1930 and became common soon thereafter. See also pardon my French.
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But without developed characters and a plot, act two provides merely more of what we saw in act one, suggesting that the play is too long and that it was written by, you should excuse the expression, a committee.
There was no getting around it: The story was, you should excuse the expression, "out there."
(For the record, none of my research was ever funded by Catholic schools, and I have never taught in Catholic schools save for an eighth-grade catechism class when I was a very young priest back in, you should excuse the expression, the "sleepy" 1950s.) I am unaware that anyone has found any major substantive or methodological errors in my work.
But we're not even there yet, and we won't get closer unless we keep doing the R&D at a thousand sites to see what does and doesn't (you should excuse the expression) click with readers.