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Annoying phrases / words

On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:33pm Mystic Mog wrote:
For me the most annoying phase for me is "right now". You cannot get any quicker that now. So I wish people would just use 'now'. If you want to emphasise urgency use 'immediately'. If one wants to be more colloquial use 'at the moment' or bring back 'presently'. Does anyone else agree or have other annoying phrases?
Rant over.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:41pm Smiler wrote:
For me the most annoying thing is when people say something twice in the same sentence and then mix their first persons up. Especially when they are moaning about other peoples use of the language.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:46pm Rozzer wrote:
'Visionary', 'inspirational', 'transparent', 'awesome', 'omigod', 'I'm there for you', 'sustainable', 'holistic', 'love him/her/them to bits'... It's hard to know where to stop.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:50pm Rookie wrote:
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:53pm north carolina girl wrote:
...coming out of lurkdom to respond to this one, i just HAD to! i belong to an online Buddhist group. the expression i here over there that really gets on my nerves is: 'We Inter-are'. to me, this sounds so incredibly superficial, fake and condecending. the next time i hear it over there, i fear i shall say something quite rude, LOL.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:53pm zola wrote:
At the end of the day....Argh!!
On 3 Jun 2009 at 3:58pm Ed Can Do wrote:
Anythink and somethink really get on my nerves. Bad pronounciation in general is a pet peeve of mine and I often can't help but correct people, even when it's not entirely appropriate.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 4:29pm Mystic Mog wrote:
Sorry Smiler, should have read my own post more fully before posting!! Typical, one writes a post about language and fail on the first sentence. Less haste more speed.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 5:11pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
I particularly hate should of/would of. "Of" is not a verb, and anyone who tries to use it as one should be sent for compulsory re-education and be forced to eat a copy of Fowler's page by page.
Failure to make the less/fewer distinction is irritating (I came very close to taking a stepladder and marker pen into Tescos and correcting all the signs that said "10 items or less"). "Different to" also sets my teeth on edge.
But my current bete noire, worse by far than the greengrocer's apostrophe, is people asking "Can I get..." when they mean "Can I have....". Summary execution's too good for 'em.
I'm sure this sort of pedantry is a form of OCD. It really makes me feel uncomfortable when I hear or see these things, it has the same sort of effect as the sound of nails scraping on a blackboard.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 5:14pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Twenny four seven,end of the day,basically,know what I mean,I aint even lying,like.The new LOL etc also has me grinding my teeth.I have to ask a young person to interpret!On here sometimes I have to workout what is meant!English please!I possibly fall down myself sometimes, just cannot stand hearing it.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 5:30pm Mystic Mog wrote:
What about Midge Ure's song "If I was"?
Anyone else annoyed with 'right now'?
On 3 Jun 2009 at 5:31pm sashimi wrote:
Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes it (rare now, thank goodness), hopefully (for I hope), effect (for affect) and vice versa, BBC newsreaders with speech impediments and so much more
On 3 Jun 2009 at 6:14pm Onlooker wrote:
Talking of speech,I remember seeing an interview with Toyah Wilcox who admitted in certain circumstances she makes her lisp sound worse than it is....I have forgotten the reason why. I have seen her a few times and her lisp does vary...
Jonathan Woss,I know he is popular but he really annoys me with his Ws....
On 3 Jun 2009 at 6:49pm snapper wrote:
Thinking outside the box!!!!!!!!
On 3 Jun 2009 at 6:53pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Just remembered another,WHATEVER! Rollercoaster of emotions,and what about innit at the end of a sentence?Street talk I am told!Have you noticed the the last words of a sentence raised like a question?Too much watching of Australian soaps, ie Neigbours,Home and away I suppose.Many American sayings creeping in too.BYE MISSING YOU ALREADY. Grrrrr! :| :|
On 3 Jun 2009 at 7:05pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Oops dropped an h in neighbours.Apologies.Suffice to say It gets on my nerves these silly sayings, and using words to mean something completely different ie wicked,apparently to mean really good!LOL I am told means laugh out loud.What"s wrong with chuckle? Mystic Mog you hit on one of my great irritants.Off for a drink now to CHILL OUT.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 7:08pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Forgot to take my chill pill!
On 3 Jun 2009 at 7:30pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Have taken my chill pill,chilled out, now aint that COOL? B-) B-)
On 3 Jun 2009 at 7:42pm Sam spam wrote:
On 3 Jun 2009 at 7:54pm Smiler wrote:
I hate it when someone asks something like 'Have you got a pen?' and someone else says 'Yes I do'
If person A. said 'Do you have a pen' then that's fine
On 3 Jun 2009 at 8:45pm Mr Bone wrote:
Suck it and see!
On 3 Jun 2009 at 9:25pm Spinster Of This Parish wrote:
On 3 Jun 2009 at 9:47pm Bobby Charlton wrote:
"To be fair" especially said by anyone with anything to do with football.
On 3 Jun 2009 at 9:50pm Angry of Lewes (Retd) wrote:
Lets touch base next week....
On 3 Jun 2009 at 9:55pm Frak wrote:
Get a Life!
On 4 Jun 2009 at 10:30am expat wrote:
On 4 Jun 2009 at 10:33am Decent Citizen wrote:
Big time.Big style.I think my biggest annoyance is "know what I mean".I feel it is suggesting I am a NUMPTY.An interesting thread that I enjoyed .I am having a chillout day,know what I mean?At the end of the day you gotta enjoy the sun innit?Webby can we have an interpreter please? B-) B-)
On 4 Jun 2009 at 10:56am expat two wrote:
Orientated. (you mean oriented)
We've commisioned independant research. (thats BS, if you commisioned it, its not independant)
We want to reward hard working families. (no you don't, you want to reward high earners)
Let's touch base (you stay the hell away from my base)
On 4 Jun 2009 at 1:22pm Heinrich wrote:
'By for now' - 'Dash off'
On 4 Jun 2009 at 1:26pm Taff wrote:
' I had to physically...........'! How else would you do it?
On 4 Jun 2009 at 2:51pm Rozzer wrote:
A poster on another thread has managed to get three of the words in his name: freaking + awesome + dude. Well done.
On 4 Jun 2009 at 9:03pm expat wrote:
I was 'gobsmacked' by an article in the local paper this week. 'A top scientist is trying to make science 'sexy' to children.' I don't know if 'sexy' is used in England in the same context as it's often used here lately. Car's are now sexy, as are kitchen appliances, and an array of inanimate things. What a load of b*ll*cks. 'Children' and 'sexy' have no place in the same sentence, unless of course you are a paedophile.
On 4 Jun 2009 at 10:36pm fruitfly wrote:
I agree with Spinster,though it should be pronounced "contemporaaary".
"I'm hearing you" really annoys me,as does any overheard teenage conversation,which normally includes the words "I was like.... OH MY GOD!" (with the Australian question intonation)
On 4 Jun 2009 at 10:57pm Annette Curtin-Twitcher wrote:
"' I had to physically...........'! How else would you do it?"
I've often found myself pondering that question.
Another expression that has often struck me as daft is "choking on his/her own vomit". Let's face it, you'd have to be up to something pretty weird to choke on anyone else's, wouldn't you?
On 4 Jun 2009 at 11:42pm ExPat Three wrote:
expat two needs to check his/her dictionary. "Orientated" is a perfectly valid word, whereas "independant" doesn't exist. It's "indepedent".
As for what annoys me... people who always say "...and I" when "...and me" is correct. (As in "He bought Dave and me a pint")
And I hate how people say "Do you have ..." when they really mean "Have you got ...". (They mean different things)
On 5 Jun 2009 at 2:14pm Rozzer wrote:
ExPat Three wrote: 'And I hate how people say "Do you have ..." when they really mean "Have you got ...". (They mean different things).'
I couldn't agree more ExPat Three but I fear we're fighting a losing battle.
On 5 Jun 2009 at 9:12pm rene wrote:
the one that gets me is 'do u get me' i hate all that street talk especially when its coming from a 40 year old women.
On 5 Jun 2009 at 10:37pm fruitfly wrote:
Capiche,carbon neutral,"he's a good man"
On 5 Jun 2009 at 11:11pm Dresdan China wrote:
when you say to somebody I haven't heard of that
On 6 Jun 2009 at 9:26am sashimi wrote:
Goog lord I thought I was old and grumpy. But you lot leave me standing.
On 6 Jun 2009 at 10:34am Decent Citizen wrote:
What about "He"s a diamond geezer"I thought it was a job description when I heard that!Your a star!What, a film star,who?
On 6 Jun 2009 at 10:43am DECENT CITIZEN wrote:
Wicked.I thought they meant an unkind, unpleasant person!Want it like yesterday,as soon as possible please.See I am picking up the lingo,But will not be using it .Hate it.CHEERS
On 6 Jun 2009 at 12:14pm rene wrote:
what a doughnut.

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