Top Ten Irritating Phrasesgrrrr
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:10 PM
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science.
I don't often hear number seven here on the American side of the pond, but I've been guilty of the sloppy number eight. My own, personal list includes "going forward" for "now" or "in the future," and "go away" for "end," as in "when might this this recession go away?"
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:19 PM
Always followed by something where you do.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:31 PM
I'm not wild about 'With all due respect' but it has its uses, especially when you're disagreeing with someone (not least on the internet).
I wouldn't flog yourself over #8, either, a misdemeanor I've also committed. It wouldn't surprise me if, many years down the line, it becomes more or less standard usage - such shifts do happen.
Any other pet peeves in this department, BTers?
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:35 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:38 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:04 PM
I hate it too, but agree with its irreproachable and unimpeachable importance. Actually, I find it amusing as well, because people used to say it all the time on the old 'L.A. Law' TV show, and that's where I learned it. Jill Eikenberry was good at it.
Listen, dears, I think you're all wrong about 'shouldn't of', at least part of the time, because even if I say full out 'he shouldn't have' (which I do), I will say 'he shouldn't've done that', which sounds like 'shouldn't of' but definitely isn't--it's a legitimate diminution of 'shouldn't have' .
Here's one that gets on my nerves: not using 'entirely' occasionally, but always using it. It is not forbidden to remember that 'completely' and 'thoroughly' exist. All theorists and wannabe philosophes do this, and even Joan Didion overuses it. There is an 'I'm an intellectual' swagger to 'entirely' sometimes, although not nearly always, and it is very often used to throw weight around in an obnoxious way
I don't like any of the 'rocket science' things and won't say them under any circumstances. I confess to having now begun to use '24/7', which overcame years of resistance, but I've decided things are too claustrophobic not to have some things you can slip in that will be understood by children of all ages.
Don't like 'YO!' and can't stand redneck 'yyyellooo...' on the phone.
I thoroughly dislke 'a couple drinks' and all variations leaving out the 'of'. This is maybe 20 years old, and now even smart bloggers like Josh Marshall will write, not just say, 'a couple clips'. It's 'a couple of clips', Josh.
One that has definitely entered common usage is 'different than', and we are all anachronistic curios who say 'different from'.
Also, there are many tacky overuses of 'actually', and some are in the same bimbo vein as 'I mean, it was like...' and don't even mean 'actually' anymore. Usually pronounced. 'you know, ACk-shu-a-leee...' and not even necessarily followed by anything at all.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:52 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 07:53 PM
If "It is what it is" was banned, the software industry would come to a halt
Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:08 PM
Another phrase that bugs me ("This dress bugs me" -- thanks for the laugh, Jim Jarmusch) is "let's not go there." I don't know who first said it, but it showed personality then, I'm sure. By now, what's wrong with the descriptive "talk about" or "discuss"?
Posted 12 November 2008 - 08:11 PM
Yes, abhorrent, as is the related 'we are NOT gonna go there' by the overly maternal and paternal.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:10 PM
2. "ACKS" instead of "ASK"... The word is only 3-LETTERS!!! long and people still cannot pronounce it correctly?!!!
3. "The fact of the matter is/was..." Whatever became of, "the fact is/was..."
4. I actually heard an NPR anchor say "you betcha" tonight (Was he kidding? It didn't sound like that to me.)
5. "Wonk" (still have no idea what or who that actually refers to) A slang term that was never defined but used constantly in the 90's. I thought it might be the psychological definition of an obsessive-compulsive disorder?
Sorry, it's late, so will have to think of more (Noooo!) later.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 10:28 PM
I think the source of "No problem" for "that's alright" was the "Get Smart" television series. It has a vacuous quality--as if the speaker is not there. Recently someone in San Francisco said "no worries" in its place, which is a bit gentler and down home-like.
"Literally" happened (as opposed to "metaphoricially"?).
At a granular level the apostrophe before the s in the plural (like a decorative flourish) and in the pronoun possessive its. A friend of mine is certain that the gene that determines the sense placement of the apostrophe has been lost or compromised.
"Gradient" was the "paradigm" of the 1970s, everybody at CBS news used it whenever he or she could. And where have all the "parameters" everyone used to use gone?
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:35 AM
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