Common phrases that society should phase out

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  1. tzhu07 macrumors regular

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    What phrases do you find to be total BS or not applicable or reasonable? I'll go first.

    "If you have to ask, you can't afford it."

    LOL. Or you know... maybe I don't want to get ripped off and let you charge me anything you want. Or maybe I'm looking for a good deal? Or maybe I'm just curious?
     
  2. A.Goldberg macrumors 68000

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    "You know what happens when you assume? You make an ass at of you and me."

    People think they are so clever saying this and I think some people think no one has ever heard this expression before. It's the worst and I literally want to punch the next person I hear say it.
     
  3. Huntn macrumors G5

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    "No problem" In response from a customer requesting something that is part of your job.

    "May I have another Coke"? The response should be, "My pleasure"!

    "No problem" should be in response to something like, "Sorry, I dented your car, but I'll pay for it".
     
  4. juanm macrumors 65816

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    And yet, you assume I've heard this expression... ;)
     
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    See bold item above ...


    :)
     
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  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Oh, yes. Agree absolutely.

    As it happens, 'Lol' is one of my particular bêtes noires, too……..
     
  9. CausticSoda macrumors 6502

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    Any like sentence like involving "like", like.
     
  10. Arran, Feb 21, 2015
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    Not a fan of lol or loling either.

    The first time I ever read "loling" was in a colleague's email. Why mention they were lolling around? Didn't they have work to do? Strange thing to put in an email.

    You see, to my internet-newbie mind, lolling around was something cats did in a sunny spot on the ground. Usually on a summer afternoon after a really good feed. People might do it too, I supposed. Why not? Still a strange thing to mention in an email.

    So even now, whenever I see "LOL" or "Lol-ing", I still imagine the painting "Land of Cockaigne" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Those folks knew how to loll around: :)
     

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    I do that a lot, too.
     
  12. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    At the end of the day
    To be honest with you
    It is what it is
     
  13. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    Where to begin?

    "With all due respect.." - followed immediately by an assertion that plumbs the utter depths of disrespect.

    Speaking of which, I think its time we ditched "diss" - straight after we toss "throw xxx under the bus" into the garbage can it has belonged in for a long, long time. A bus, forsooth....

    Although, I would be lying if I said I'd be sad if someone got run over by a bus when they were doing their happy dance..

    When did happy dance become a thing? (Which, BTW, is a thing that we ought to not do anymore.)

    Jus' Sayin'.....

    Which - it really does go without saying - is pretty much of an annoying affectation for any middle-class caucasian to be uttering, ever.
     
  14. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    "moving forward"

    why is this only ever used in business? nobody says this at home
     
  15. oddnendz macrumors 6502

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    I am so sick of this phrase.... especially since I always hear it from a particular co-worker over and over .... it is her go to phrase for anything and everything....


    And my contribution to this thread.... "Let's be clear.... ". I begin to tune out the minute I hear a sentence begin with it.
     
  16. D.T. macrumors 604

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    Hahaha, very nice. Too bad I put a moratorium on LOL, because I actually did laugh out loud at that. :D

    I have a colleague that overuses a variant of that, "Let me be clear", always in the context of re-stating the obvious, but it also carries a slight combative vibe.

    Another favorite of his, "Make no mistake", often used in conjunction with the above.
     
  17. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    "could care less" makes no sense grammatically and is annoying.
     
  18. BasicGreatGuy, Feb 21, 2015
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    You aren't missing anything tuning out the president, as he says that phrase a lot.

    I think the phrase have fun is one that is trite and illogical.
     
  19. Scepticalscribe, Feb 21, 2015
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    Sheer class.

    That is another expression which I dislike intensely, and is only ever heard coming from the mouths of unimaginative types who are slaves to jargon.

    A few other pet peeves of mine include: 'We are where we are' and 'at this point in time'. What is wrong with the word 'now'?

    Oh, and I loathed 'whazzup'?
     
  20. oddnendz macrumors 6502

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    and ... let me add OMG ... please stop .... if you are going use it, just say "Oh My God" not "OMG".... I won't be offended... I am annoyed at 'OMG', you are not 15 anymore, seriously...

    I should say that I am generally annoyed at anyone who uses text speak in anything other then a text message. .....
     
  21. BasicGreatGuy Contributor

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    Holy **** is another phrase that is irritating to hear or read. The explicative phrases that so many people use are truly oxymoronic, and are less than substantive, when trying to properly convey the tenor of a situation or feeling of a person.
     
  22. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    "peeling the onion" i had a work colleague who used this a lot.
     
  23. chown33 macrumors 604

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    Incisive metaphor, or typo for "slaves to jargon"?

    Just wondering.
     
  24. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Typo. Apologies.

    Sometimes, my computer prompts me and corrects some errors; worse - and the ones I frequently fail to catch in time - are when what I wished to type gets replaced with a word that exists, but is not the one I had intended typing.

    Agree about 'OMG'. Just seeing it written somewhere drives me nuts.

     
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