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And so, without further ...

I suspect that everyone can complete the phrase, which, unfortunately, usually comes after a needlessly long introduction of the person people have come to hear. Its become something of a clich, of course, and anyone tempted to use it is hereby advised that, according to the OED, "without further, or more, ado" was already in use in 1380.

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I have heard this many times and assumed that it implied that the glittering achievements of the one about to take the podium were beyond the enumerating.

Peggy: The OED's definition of "ado" is: "Doing, action, business, fuss. without more ado: without further work, ceremony."

As a training coordinator introducing PhDs, DSWs, MSNs, and other trainers to a medical center audience, I always used this phrase to remind myself that the folks "out there" wanted me to "get on with it" and turn the program over to the speaker or facilitator :)

Without further ado makes me think of a clich we see here on dotCommonweal. If without further ado is used in cases where too much ado has preceded, with all due respect is often used where too little respect follows. When you hear without further ado, it is with a feeling of relief. When you hear or read with all due respect, you know to brace yourself for what's coming.

Yessirrreee, Mr. Nickol :)

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Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.