Common Phrases that Can Annoy

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  1. wdlove macrumors P6

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    LET'S ADDRESS THE ISSUE

    So, like, the Plain English Campaign has, like, come up with a list of the most irritating phrases in the language.

    The fact of the matter is, some phrases are so grating, the group thinks they should be weeded out of the dictionary and erased from all memory.

    Many of the phrases are used by boss-from-hell David Brent, vis-a-vis comedy series The Office. But not everyone finds them funny.

    http://www.skynews.co.uk/skynews/article/0,,30000-1128606,00.html
     
  2. rainman::|:| macrumors 603

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    i was surprised by this year's list... there were a lot i had never really heard, and quite a few of them are ones that i've never noticed being overused. And, all of the really obnoxious ones, like "literally", fell in the list. a few years ago, it was the #1 pick, and since then i insist on correcting people that misuse it (or just use it way too much). Overuse of the word "like", while a bit distracting, isn't really that annoying to me... i guess it's because i'm generation-Y, and i grew up with valley-girl speak...

    paul
     
  3. stoid macrumors 601

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    WOW! The NewSpeak Dictionary First Edition!!!

    I love Big Brother.
     
  4. keysersoze macrumors 68000

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  5. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    "Irregardless" is ungrammatical.

    "I could care less" means the exact opposite of what people intend it to mean.

    Ditto for "Doing a 360", which is not turning around to face the other way, but spinning completely around to end exactly where you began.
     
  6. rt_brained macrumors 6502a

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    More annoying stuff...

    I have a colleague who whistles non-sensical music all the time. I spent the whole day on-site today listening to this guy's stupid improvisational "happy whistle music" all...friggen....day.

    Are people like that really that happy all the time?
     
  7. scem0 macrumors 604

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    "Let it all hang out" really annoys me.

    I just can't get past what that connotates. :p:eek:

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  8. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    In my case, it would mean a fat guy wearing a medium size t shirt. Said guy has hairy belly. :p
     
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    "I'll Be Back"...

    But anything said by Pauly Shore that's repeated is definitely as annoying as the original.
     
  10. phrancpharmD macrumors regular

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    "Fixin' to" (translation: just about to)

    "Right quick" (translation: quickly or soon)

    I can't stand either of these. Irregardless really bothers me a lot too. Sweet and phat used to, but I've gotten used to them now - I even use "phat" occasionally. It sucks being an adult; nobody uses "bitchin'" anymore. . .

    :(
     
  11. Nermal Moderator

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    Some things that annoy me are "my bad" instead of "my mistake", I've only ever heard Americans say that. Another one that annoys me is "near miss", which implies "nearly missed", even though it's used as "nearly hit".
     
  12. Duff-Man macrumors 68030

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    Duff-Man says...the one that bothers me the most is when people, usually politicians (do they still qualify as people?), preface something with "..the fact of the matter is..." when in reality what they say has little to do with fact and everything to do with "spin" and opinion.....oh yeah!
     
  13. whocares macrumors 65816

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    That's why we say "I couldn't care less" on this side of the Atlantic. ;) :p :p

    Or at least I do...

    The words I can't stand are "kinda", "like" and all the possible combination of the type "it's like yunno, kinda like when..." :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

    Also the "there is" instead of "there are" really catches my ear and 'hurts' it.
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    "Freedom Fries" on this side of the Atlantic...

    Sort of reminds me of a bunch of whiney school children that think they can get a case of Cooties from touching someone or saying a word.

    Which explains the politicians that thought this up quite nicely.
     
  15. Sayhey macrumors 68000

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    My current most hated phrase is "all you all" or "all ya'awl"- made popular by the insipid Dr. Phil. I can understand "ya' all" as the second person plural, but what the heck does this mean?
     
  16. ecche macrumors regular

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    It is not even a phrase, but the word 'like' as used by that Feiss girl for example drives me nuts.

    Like i just don't like it or anything like it.
     
  17. pseudobrit macrumors 68040

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    I hate when people use "basically." "Basically what happened is that he went into..."

    Of course that's basically what happened! Unless you hand me a novel, you're providing a summary! It's flippin' redundant! People just use it to sound authoritative and more intelligent.

    "Actually" is another one I hate. What is the point of prefacing your statement with "actually" unless you otherwise lie every time you open your mouth?
     
  18. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I think that we need to have an organised MR 2 minutes 'Hate' to combat this blatant thought crime...Stoid, expect a visit soon... :cool:
     
  19. Opteron macrumors 6502

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    Guess we'll just have to take it "One week at a time" :p
     
  20. frankzeg macrumors member

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    How about " touching base" or "open kimono" - sure two of the most annoying phrases used in a work setting.

    Or getting "buy-in" from someone

    The phrase "pre-coordination"

    Other concepts in danger of overuse: "spiral development"
     
  21. Doctor Q Administrator

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    It's probably just a regional thing, but I've never liked the phrase "serve up" when I would use "serve". Unless I'm standling on an incline, I don't serve up the salad, I serve the salad.
     
  22. coopdog macrumors 6502a

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    "My bad"~ seriously next person to say that is getting a knife to the balls
    "dude" again knife to balls
    "Just trust me" and then they end up ****ing it all up
    "have a great day" Don't tell me what to do bitch
    "hella"
    "fo sho"
    "sweet"
    "bro"
    "killa"
    "sup"
    "no doubt"
    All coming from white hussys
    "awsome" not being used with its right definition.

    Long hand shakes. I can just say hi, I don't need to shake your hand then do 5 more steps every time I see you.

    I love nervous laughter, it's so funny hearing two people that barely know each other carry on stupid small talk followed by laughing at nothing.

    Theres my ******** rant.
    :p
     
  23. poopyhead macrumors 6502a

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    "cool beans"

    after dying out (at least I thought) 10 years ago
    my girlfriend of 5 years has decided to start using it again
    I think it's a ploy to get rid of me
    or
    it's a result of her recently moving to 'bama
    not quite sure
    either way I hate it
    I also hate
    "sup"
    and
    "wicked"
     
  24. bennetsaysargh macrumors 68020

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    cool beans
    whatever
    my biggest one is when people say lol when they are actually speaking or say L O L.
    it annoys the hell out of me.
     
  25. coopdog macrumors 6502a

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    My god. That is the worst. "LOL" hehe. Shut up, just laugh!
     

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