Banco
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The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 9:45 pm

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?
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:03 pm

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!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:11 pm

That's similar to "I'm not racist but..." and you just know the kind of thing they're going to come out with.
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:12 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:16 pm

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
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:33 pm

KROC, obviously, looking at that list, you haven't gotten any in a while, pal.  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:36 pm

8 years of marriage my man. You hear allot of shit in 8 years of marriage.  Big grin
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:40 pm

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

 Laugh out loud
 
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Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:47 pm

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



To a woman?
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:50 pm

Twee Americanisms like:

"Don't go there"

"Too much information"

It's like, y'know, so like annoying.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:01 pm

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.
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:01 pm

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!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:05 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:08 pm

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!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:10 pm

T O T A L L Y !!!

I totally dislike that expression, totally !
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:16 pm

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"


In Arsene we trust!!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:18 pm

My worst one is..... "I hear what you're saying"

After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:25 pm

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

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

God, I hate that one!!!  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:42 pm

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
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:45 pm

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.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Wed Mar 24, 2004 11:45 pm

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!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:08 am

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
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:13 am

"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.
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:19 am

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.
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:25 am

Come on, Banco, "it's the same difference"....
one of my other pet peeves.

Southside Irish...our two teams are the White Sox and whoever plays the Cubs!
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:28 am

Banco, you reminded me of one the younger generation loves today, which I loathe: "whatever."

Hell, even I use it sometimes.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:36 am

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 were aged 35-50 railing at modern society. Things like people using text spelling, phrases like the ones you mention and so on, all turning relatively mild mannered individuals into screaming madmen.

When I watched it I felt "this is me", and I hereby invite the pair of you to join me in prematurely crusty old git status.  Big grin
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:44 am

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  Wow!
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 12:48 am

The worst one definitly is..."Remember 1966"  Angry  Angry
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:07 am

"Do you feel me?"

/W
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:12 am

Another one:

When some actually says "W.T.F."

We're not online damnit!  Angry
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:19 am

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 contempt from me meaning "You don't know shit".
Good to throw it back at them ironically sometimes too, watch them lap it up.
I would go as far as to trace the plunge in BA's fortunes, from the mid 90's, with all these twats suddenly in management positions and using management speak phrases.


 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:27 am

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."
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:31 am

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... and bad ones at that.

America hangs her head in shame for yet another assault on the English language.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:40 am

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 Big grin on my face don't mean I ain't cheerful !.

Also the American phrase I cannot stand is "Y'All" - even when I read it on here it makes my skin creep.

GDB,

I hear you. (another phrase I hate)

My manager always comes out with that crap. When we have meetings we don't listen to what he's saying just listen out for the phrases, then we all try not to laugh when we hear them.

Favorites are :- "You have to see the bigger picture " with hand gestures making a circle

Also - "The walls are built - we are just waiting for the roof to be put on" with hand gestures too.

There must be a book of all that "management speak" crap.

 Smile
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:50 am

Absolutely (another one!) Leezyjet.
When they use these phrases they might as well be wearing a sign saying 'C***'.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:58 am

"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. I'll have to bat that one up the priority tree.

I'm trying to work as many of them as possible into conversations when I'm dealing with the BS-speaking management here. Sometimes in a meeting with a particularly talented manager, the 'whole soup to nuts' can be done in doublespeak.
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 2:13 am

CWApilot already mentioned what I abhor most!

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"


"Y'know whut I'm Sayin' "

AHHHH! I hate it! Just last night I had the following (almost verbatum) exchange with a ground agent (no exageration):

Me: Whats the problem

Agent: Man, we got like, ya know what I'm sayin' like 30 more bags to load and, y'know what I'm sayin' I gotta know how many we can still put on, ya' know what I'm sayin'.

Me: Huh? (it was 2215, last leg of a LONG day)

Agent: Awight, here it is, y'know what I'm sayin', we gots like 30 more, y'know what I'm sayin', bags and stuff and like we gots to know what to put on, y'know what I'm sayin.

Me: (on the radio) 4944 needs a supervisor to gate 21.

I really hate that. You guys know what I'm sayin'?


Scooter

 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 3:13 am

What drives me crazy is when people say;

'INIT'

- bloody annoying  Angry
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:33 am

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 for saying this in my experience are people who work in the customer service industry, specifically waiters/waitresses.

Jeff
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:38 am

"Most irrititating...?"
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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)
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:47 am

it has to be

"tidy your room!"
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 5:54 am

My answer - "same as you do, I use my right hand to wipe my...."

I use TP, thanks.

We no shake hands, ok ?  Smile
 
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Thu Mar 25, 2004 6:06 am

- "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 want to hurt you, I totally agree with you. BUT, just to pretend I got my own opinions, I will say something different".  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
 
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RE: The Most Irritating Phrases In English Are...

Thu Mar 25, 2004 8:03 am

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 prior to 1992 to get the same point across.
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