Why do people say, “going forward,” as in, “We will do things differently going foward”? They can’t go back and change the past, so of course they are speaking of the future. The phrase “from now on” is equally useless. I think maybe people pad their language with extra words to emphasize that they mean business. I did a search for “going forward” at NYTimes.com and was pleased that blogger Toni Monkovic declared it the Cliche of 2009.