Going Forwards

It’s hard to think of two words in the English language that are used more pointlessly and stupidly than the current business jargon favourite “Going Forwards”.

Now, don’t get me wrong – it does have legitimate uses. It’s perfectly reasonable to say “the train was moving forward”, for example. It’s when these two words are used as a phrase unto themselves that the trouble starts.

Going Forwards – sometimes moving instead of going, or forward instead of forwards – has become the go to phrase to add at the end of any sentence, showing serious danger of making the full stop or period obselete. The irritation of its ubiquity is only increased by the fact that it’s almost always used redundantly in any case.

This is never more true than when it’s used inside a sentence (displacing a comma). Most of its terminating uses are redundant, but all of its internal uses are. They inevitably take the form of “in the future, going forwards,” or some close cognate.

Gentlehumans of all genders, I implore you to try to avoid this weed in the garden of words. It doesn’t make you sound more professional or more authoritative. It makes you sound like you need to take a breath but are afraid to stop talking.

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