The Top 10 Deprecated, Confusing English Phrases

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Another NSOL exclusive -- our research has uncovered the worst, most deprecated phrases in English that should discontinued immediately.

1. All but.  "The war was all but lost."  Does that mean it was lost?  Was not lost?  Was everything except lost?  This is really bad information.  I will all but look this up in the dictionary.  There is no excuse for this.

2. "X of Y" as a time, such as "The time is now five of ten."  Is it 9:55?  10:05?  9:05 -- five minutes of the tenth hour???  Bad.

3. Cop out.  "That's a cop out."  Is that a confession?  An excuse?  A policing?  I have no idea what this means.

4. Coming soon...