From whence did broadcast journalists get the phrase:”any time soon” as in “do not expect Donald Trump to start speaking English any time soon.”
The phrase is, in a way, meaningless or rather it is used to replace what used to be a single word – “soon.”
Surely, one of the basic principles of speaking good English is brevity and to use 3 words to replace 1 is absolutely the opposite.
Could it be that hacks think it is rather clever to use the phrase – like, it is cool, like you know what I mean.
Well, it aint.