"I don't think it's particularly helpful to place the blame on Chairman Arafat. That being said, I think that the concern that President Bush had regarding the cycle of violence is justified, and I support his objective of ending that cycle of violence."

Teachers, please help me. I can't figure out the complete sentence of "That being said" or "That said".

Maybe "Now that is said," would be it?
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Glad to know that I will never have the "pleasure" of a conversation with you.

"That said" is a perfectly useful phrase and not at all superfluous. It is synonymous to "however", which you make no mention of abhoring, although I cannot speak definitively on your behalf. I'm curious: Do you hate all conjunctive adverbs or just this one?

The abhorent phrase informs the reader that the following sentence is going to be contradictory to the sentence(s) immediately preceding it. It aids in flow and transition. And while some would argue that "however" should be used instead, some of us prefer a little variety.
I think you could substitute, "In any case".
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Is 'that being said' even grammatically correct? Isn't 'having said that' correct? "Being" is present tense, but it attempts to qualify something that was 'said.' If something is 'being' said, it is clearly here and now. It seems 'saying this' in a real time conversation should be both more appropriate and grammatically correct. Or, at the very least, 'this being said.' And, succinctly, 'this said.'
AnonymousIs 'that being said' even grammatically correct?
Yes, See CJ's post on the first page of this thread, nearly eight years ago.
Amen to that. I truly do hate those phrases. I find politicians and radio hosts really over using it.
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Agreed!Found this thread...but googling is "that being said " superfluous!Is up there with.."in so far as" and "being that"