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The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...  
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1793 times:

According to the plain English campaign:

"At the end of the day"

"With all due respect"

"To be honest"

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/03/24/nword24.xml&sSheet=/news/2004/03/24/ixhome.html

Any nominations for phrases that escaped?


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
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User currently offlineDodgecharger From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1783 times:

When someone says....

"No offense, but............" and the most offensive thing usually comes out of their mouth.

Just say it and skip the no offense part!


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 2, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1779 times:

That's similar to "I'm not racist but..." and you just know the kind of thing they're going to come out with.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

Their not phrases, but Americans like to start or end almost every sentence with..

"Well...."

"Umm"

"You know".

In other words they don't think at all before they start speaking.


User currently offlineKay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1778 times:

English expressions that I find unpleasant to read/hear:

- "it comes without the bells and whistles of blabla..."
I hate that expression.

- starting a sentence with and yes as if the reader was thinking about that. Usually comes at the end of a paragraph. Example:
"...so this car suits my needs nicely. and yes, it IS faster than a Bimmer."

- "...should give it a run for its money.

- "on par with", "on the money", also come to mind..


had many of these, I remember once listing all of them in my head.


User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1773 times:

While many of you have never had a woman to actually understand these....they are still irritating.

"I'm not in the mood."

"I have a headache."

"I'm not comfortable getting the root because I feel overweight."

"Tomorrow night, I promise."

Yada Yada Yada.  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1762 times:

KROC, obviously, looking at that list, you haven't gotten any in a while, pal.  Laugh out loud

User currently offlineKROC From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

8 years of marriage my man. You hear allot of shit in 8 years of marriage.  Big grin

User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1752 times:

KROC, I've been married double that. So, if you think you've heard it all...

 Laugh out loud


User currently offlineStartvalve From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1749 times:

Username: Alpha 1
From United States, joined Feb 2001, 10495 posts, RR: 87
Reply: 8
Posted Wed Mar 24 2004 14:40:03 UTC+1 and read 1 times:

KROC, I've been married double that. So, if you think you've heard it all...



To a woman?


User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1744 times:

Twee Americanisms like:

"Don't go there"

"Too much information"

It's like, y'know, so like annoying.


User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 47
Reply 11, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1733 times:

Well, I see we're all on the same page, and we're Thinking outside the box, so, all things being equal,we hate many phrases.


"Sympathy is something that shouldn't be bestowed on the Yankees. Apparently it angers them." - Bob Feller
User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 12, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1732 times:

Ben, you must be unaware of the number of Americans phrases like that annoy. Thank you, MTV.




Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
User currently offlineBen From Switzerland, joined Aug 1999, 1391 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1728 times:

Cwapilot,

I bet they do annoy you too, sorry I didn't mean it to sound anti-American or anything. I just conveniently class them as "Americanisms" because generally they come from popular American sitcoms, and as you say, MTV etc.


User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1722 times:

Hey Ben, chill! Don't be hate'n. LOL The funny thing is, you can be in a restaurant or cafe in somewhere like Thailand or Indonesia, and the "hip" young people spount off things like that...then the horror on their faces when you respond in English and they haven't understood a word you have said.



Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
User currently offlineGo4EVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

T O T A L L Y !!!

I totally dislike that expression, totally !


User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1716 times:
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Some cheesy ones:

"But the thing is"....

"Honestly".......then a blatant fib to go with it.

"You know".....before telling someone something they didn't know.

"The thing is"...

"On the contrary"





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User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8442 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1713 times:
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My worst one is..... "I hear what you're saying"




After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1707 times:

It's like, y'know, so like annoying.

"It's like, you know...."

God, I hate that one!!!  Laugh out loud


User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1692 times:

Alpha1; yes, the most aggravating combination of all time. I could be wrong but I'm thinking this is of SoCal 'valley girl' origination and has crept uncontrolled like crabgrass to suffocate the entire nation. Regards...Jack


all best; jack
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1689 times:

I think it's more uneducated, overpampered, spoiled American athletes, who can't think of a coherant thing to say when asked a question in the locker room after the big game.

User currently offlineCwapilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1166 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1689 times:

The ABSOLUTE worst is people whose entire vocabulary consists of grunts and unintelligble words interspersed with hand gestures not unlike their hands have been burned and the phrase "Y'Know what I'm sayin"



Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
User currently offlineCVG777 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 1251 posts, RR: 6
Reply 22, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1670 times:

When you tell a freind that you are sick/unwell and the response is:

"You know, I'm not a doctor, but....."

I didn't know you weren't a doctor. Like, I was totally hoping for some, like, totally life-altering, like, medical advice.  Big thumbs up

CVG777


User currently offlineCsavel From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 1362 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1667 times:

"could care less" drives me to violence. It's "COULDN'T care less." Couldn't, couldn't couldn't. Twenty years ago I never heard it. now everyone seems to be saying it. I couln't care less if I insult some people by stating my opinions so strongly.


I may be ugly. I may be an American. But don't call me an ugly American.
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (10 years 4 months 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1662 times:

It's always been "couldn't care less" in Britain, Csavel. We tend to be a bit baffled when we hear "could" from your side of the pond - it just doesn't make sense.


She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
25 Cwapilot : Come on, Banco, "it's the same difference".... one of my other pet peeves.
26 Alpha 1 : Banco, you reminded me of one the younger generation loves today, which I loathe: "whatever." Hell, even I use it sometimes.
27 Post contains images Banco : Alpha/Cwapilot, there was a programme on the BBC a while back called "Grumpy Old Men" (not the film), showing various people in the public eye who wer
28 Post contains images Scbriml : Banco, Don't you just, like, love that series? It's hillarious! My biggest concern is that I find myself agreeing with most of what they're saying
29 Post contains images GKirk : The worst one definitly is..."Remember 1966"
30 Wietse : "Do you feel me?" /W
31 Post contains images CVG777 : Another one: When some actually says "W.T.F." We're not online damnit!
32 GDB : Oh god, that series was speaking my language. But what really pisses me off is trendy management speak, when some berk uses that they get a stare of c
33 DesertJets : In college this one was a pet peeve of one of my professors: "I was going to say..." Which he would respond by saying, "well then, just say it."
34 Go4EVA : How about: "bling bling" and "cha-ching" The stupid bling one even made it into the dictionary !! These aren't words, they're stupid sound effects...
35 Post contains images Leezyjet : I hate it when total strangers say "Cheer Up" or "smile it might never happen". I am F'in cheerful thankyou - just because I don't have a big cheesy o
36 GDB : Absolutely (another one!) Leezyjet. When they use these phrases they might as well be wearing a sign saying 'C***'.
37 Ben : "The walls are built - we are just waiting for the roof to be put on" Nice one, Leezy. I've been looking for some new management BS to use for myself.
38 Scootertrash : CWApilot already mentioned what I abhor most! The ABSOLUTE worst is people whose entire vocabulary consists of grunts and unintelligble words interspe
39 Post contains images Horus : What drives me crazy is when people say; 'INIT' - bloody annoying
40 Copper1 : It drives me crazy when I thank someone for something and their response is " No Problem". The proper response is " you're welcome" The worst people f
41 Post contains images B747skipper : "Most irrititating...?" xxx For me - "How do you do...?" xxx My answer - "same as you do, I use my right hand to wipe my...." (unless you are a lefty)
42 Pilot kaz : it has to be "tidy your room!"
43 Post contains images Go4EVA : My answer - "same as you do, I use my right hand to wipe my...." I use TP, thanks. We no shake hands, ok ?
44 Post contains images Sebolino : - "LOL" is quite irritating. But it's so much used, that I tend to also use it. Too bad. - "Don't get me wrong". I hate this one. It means: "I don't w
45 Sleekjet : Just think. Twelve years ago, no one said "bottom line...." in their normal speech patterns. Now it is ubiquitous. Makes you wonder what was said prio
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