Friday, November 07, 2008

Irritating Words

Oxford Compiles List Of Top Ten Irritating Phrases

The top ten most irritating phrases:

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 can think of a few more... change, hope, Obama... ;-)


Anonymous said...


Misfit410 said...

I find "No Pun Intended" to be the most irritating term used in writing.

It's like, wow, I just said something so amazingly funny because it can be taken two ways, but I want to people to think I had no intention of doing something that comically brilliant so I'm going to say "No Pun Intended" to point out my pun that I intended!!!

Leslie Johnson said...

How did they forget: "I'm pregnant." ?

Leslie Johnson said...

I hate the phrase: "Yeah--so we have to talk."

Mustang said...

In the Marines, I learned that any utterance following, "With all due respect" wasn't respectful at all.

I'm getting tired of, "The fact of the matter is ..." for much the same reason. What normally follows isn't a fact at all, but an opinion.

"In other words," usually means the speaker didn't say it adequately the first time.

Hey ... this is fun!

Jill said...

"It appears to me" there are quite a few words,"you know what I'm saying".

dmarks said...

I have no problem with 'Fairly unique' or "rather unique'. Absolutes only exist in the abstract. In the real world, uniqueness is a matter of degree and perspective.

Leslie Johnson said...

how about "Okay--partys over."

jan said...

I hate the constant "Have a nice day."

Also "tax cuts for the rich" and "worst economy since the Great Depression"

David Amulet said...

I have two, one political and one not.

"What the American people want is ...": Whenever I hear this, I cringe, no matter who says it.

"Needless to say, ...": This--with anything after it--is contradictory. And annoying.

Z said...

"I could care less"
"revert back"
"nucUlar" (at least we won't have to hear THAT anymore!!!)

"like..and like...and then I go.....and he goes, like........"

Salubrina said...

i got this list, too. :-) hee hee

okay, needed additions to the list:

1. irregardless - damn it, people, this is not a word!

2. obamanomics - seriously, i saw this on the news and nearly screamed.

3. whazzzzzzzup? - it's over, man, let it die.

Jedi Master Daryl said...

Good list, but I don't get number 1.

Dr. John said...

As a doctor, here are a couple that get under my skin:

- "No English"

- "Doc, ya gotta do something about (insert horribly painful body part here)." This usually precedes a request for some kind of narcotic medicine in high doses since that is "the only thing that works for me". Yeah, right.

And another political one..
- "Let me be clear". Nah, I'd rather have you be wishy washy about it...


Brooke said...

Here are the phrases at the top of my list:

Irregardless-- Dammit, just say regardless!

Starting every other sentence with "Actually,".

"I know for a fact." -- AAAAHHHH!!!

And finally, "He him ME in MY ___." OF COURSE it's your arm, or whatever!

Brooke said...

And politically, every time Obama says, "Understand this" really gets under my skin!

dmarks said...

McBama says "Understand this, my friends"

Ducky's here said...
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Ducky's here said...

"Reach across the aisle".

What a pantload. Time to retire it.

USpace said...

Very fun post and comments. I personally agree, absolutely! But at this moment in time, at the end of the day, you realize that it's not rocket science.

I mean, with all due respect, it's a nightmare 24/7, and it's not even fairly unique.

I know I shouldn't of have said all this, I just should have said that I really hate the phrase 'you know, nothing for nothing but', this was a lot of fun.

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MK said...

Don't forget, 'spread the wealth around'.

That one is not just irritating, it's downright painful too.