Overheard on a conference call, all within about six minutes, all from the same client. They are fractured in the same way Damon Runyon or Ring Lardner (writers I admire) broke convention:
"We need to do this, not in a hurry but with speed."
"We need to put our best foot forward as soon as we figure out what foot that is."
"If we miss this opportunity, we'll score a big miss."
Here's a post I wrote some years ago about Lardner:
Lardner had a gift of language which seems all but lost today. Probably my favorite sentence in all the world was this simple one from a story called "The Young Immigrants."
"'Shut up,' he explained."
I also loved this from a short story called "The Golden Honeymoon." "Mother sat facing the front of the train as it makes her giddy to ride backwards. I sat facing her, which does not affect me."
I also love this gem:
“He looked at me as if I were a side dish he hadn't ordered.”