“With That Being Said”: An Annoying Expression

Category: Annoying Expressions

Here’s how an email sent to all employees recently began:

Wow! July is right around the corner. With that being said, attached is the July newsletter for you to read and share. 

“With that being said”? Huh?

It may be too kind to label “with that being said” as a cliché, but it is that at least. It should be labeled a hackneyed term,[1] or better yet, a nuisance. But because I want to be polite, I’ll call it a cliché, and it’s been around for a long time—many years. But lately it seems to be cropping up all over the place. Writers and speakers use it as a ready-made, no-bake transitional statement, along with its shorter cousins “having said that” and “that said.” It’s intended use is to smoothly shift gears from one sentence or one topic to the next, to shoehorn the reader (or listener) into what’s to follow. It’s a throwaway expression, a space-filler, and it generally adds nothing of substance to one’s communications.

I’m picking on this cliché because of its frequent use in formal contexts—where the communicator has prepared an oral presentation, a paper, or a correspondence like the above email, in which careful thought was allegedly required. So what can we use to transition from one thought to the next without using this trite expression? Here are a ten examples of common transitional expressions. Which one (or more) of these might work better than “with that being said”?

equally important

in the same way

as a result


for this reason



in any event



And perhaps the best transitional statement of all sometimes is . . . no transitional statement at all! Take that phrase out of the above email and see if it wouldn’t be just peachy without it. Often, less is more—translated: fewer words frequently means better writing.

So, with that being said {cough} . . . let me quit this piece while I’m behind.  Δ

[1] hackneyed (adj.): lacking in freshness or originality.

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Author: Dean Christensen

Educator, copyeditor, writer, baseball bug, word lover, book hound, guitar picker, classical music aficionado, classic rock 'n' roll and movie buff, sinner, saint, former this, used-to-be that, and future who-knows-what. Every day is an adventure in learning how to make the world a better place--grammatically, anyway.

7 thoughts on ““With That Being Said”: An Annoying Expression”

  1. May we also please banish the use of the following words/phrases:
    Cultural appropriation (Get a better hobby, people)…
    And would those who are unclear please take a brief refresher course on the (very different) words, ‘to, too and two?’ Ditto ‘their, there and they’re.’ Thank you.
    Finally, it seems to have escaped most, ahem, contributors to the vast internet blogs and comments sections in existence that editing one’s work, prior to submission, is entirely possible. (And much appreciated.)


  2. Thank you for bringing this out! I thought I was the only one that noticed that this phrase was becoming way over used. There’s other words and phrases being overused too, such as: It’s Digital, Bling-Bling, Just Saying to name a few.


  3. I always have reserved the use of “with that being said” as conciliatory to a stance in contrast and/or contradiction to my own; a way of restating what I understand a person’s situation and objective, then follow up with my own. With that being said, I shall share!

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