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"madder than a box of frogs"

ooooiiiioooooooooooooooaaaaaaaaoooooh un - bi - leevable! (LocalGarda), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

I like that one!

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Friday, 4 May 2012 17:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Most frogs I am familiar with, when they are placed en masse into a box, will only evince a certain desperation to escape.

Aimless, Friday, 4 May 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

if that

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Friday, 4 May 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

AWESOME SAUCE!!

o god yes, so horrible. also "the awesome", "the (new) hotness", etc.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Friday, 4 May 2012 18:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

IN THE FACE!!

That's a pretty funky dance, Garfield. Show me how you do it. (frogbs), Friday, 4 May 2012 18:06 (2 years ago) Permalink

"degree of difficulty"

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Saturday, 5 May 2012 04:10 (2 years ago) Permalink

basically when NBA announcers say "the degree of difficulty of that shot!" when they just mean "difficult shot!"

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Saturday, 5 May 2012 04:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

not a phrase properly but the way people end their posts with an unpunctuated "so" is so cringe-inducing. but there's not anything I can really do about it so

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

people launching their post with a ponderous chin-stroking 'hmmm'.

estela, Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

the way people end their posts with an unpunctuated "so" is so cringe-inducing

hmmm. do that all the time.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Saturday, 5 May 2012 06:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

Me too, so

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Saturday, 5 May 2012 09:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

An I'm guilty of hmmmm as well

Scary Move 4 (dog latin), Saturday, 5 May 2012 09:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

'My take on it is...'

'Here's the deal...' (and also 'Here's the thing...')

'Stupid o'clock'

Bob Six, Saturday, 5 May 2012 09:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

I say a lot of the things in this thread - I'm a nervous talker and I guess I'm not bright enough to come up with something better to say.

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

"hate on"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

so much more accurate and fun to write "hate"

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

"do what?" as a response to something not heard well, like "excuse me?" or "pardon?" if i wanted you to do something then maaaaybe it would make a bit of snese but it signifies inappropriate fealty & hence sounds dumb.

Euler, Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

man I am a huge defender of "hate on," one of my favorite terms to have come into use during my lifetime. Do not hate on "hate on," Alfred. It expresses something different from hate. Hate is something I have in my heart, something I feel. Hate on is something I do. Genuine & useful difference.

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

I once had a boss, during my worst summer job, who would say "Money!" and "That's money."

Träumerei, Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

"do what?" as a response to something not heard well, like "excuse me?" or "pardon?" if i wanted you to do something then maaaaybe it would make a bit of snese but it signifies inappropriate fealty & hence sounds dumb.

I don't deal nicely with mumbling and low volume. I either pretend the person hasn't spoken or I say "speak louder." Once or twice I've gone as far as "speak louder or don't speak." (Never that to my family though.)

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

few of these bother me as spoken; most of these bother me when written. it's not colloquialized langauge, it's mostly just lazzzy

Olivia Newton John Justen Bieberheimer Schmidt (remy bean), Saturday, 5 May 2012 14:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

xpost to self, way to come across as the biggest jackass on the planet, ughh...

improvised explosive advice (WmC), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:03 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp I was recently looking through some 1969-70 Esquires for work and boy did they love variations on "Portrait of the x as a y"

"Methinks" is worse than war crimes. Someone complains about this in Huxley's Crome Yellow so it was irritating people as far back as 1921.

"Hmmm" is v useful in online discourse, especially Twitter. It basically says "I completely disagree with what you just said but I don't want to be a dick about it so I'll pretend I'm giving it some thought."

Get wolves (DL), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

The same person at work who says "What say you" in emails, also says "Methinks". In emails.

on the road to the twilight zone (doo dah), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

TBF, "Hmmm" is usually kind of a passive-aggressive dick move. I doubt many people would interpret it as an indicator of a genuine pause for thoughtful reflection.

You Don't Throw Oranges On An Escalator (Deric W. Haircare), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

aero, when I hate believe me I do it.

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

academic version of the overdone 'Portrait of the X as a Y' thing is '______ and its Discontents'.

Merdeyeux, Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^^ yes

Exile in lolville (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 5 May 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

"prose stylist"/"prose stylings"

Scott, bass player for Tenth Avenue North (Hurting 2), Friday, 11 May 2012 22:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

"she'll break a lot of hearts someday"

I pretty much interpret it as, "your daughter is so pretty, men will soon be weeping over her, fighting over her, probably even killing themselves over her, so you'd better get used to it." blecch.

starfish succulents (unregistered), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

why not interpret it as, "she'll be a successful but somewhat butter-fingered cardiac surgeon"? i guess it's still a back-handed compliment.

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

or work in a glass factory making heart-shaped glass ornaments

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

or 'she'll be a good card player, eventually'

indian rope trick (remy bean), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

"she'll break a lot of balls, some day"

indian rope trick (remy bean), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

"her relationships in later life will be unfulfilling and disappointing because of her superficial beauty and the unrealistic expectations placed upon her by admirers"

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

"she will eat many artichokes"

arby's, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha remy

"her relationships in later life will be unfulfilling and disappointing because of her superficial beauty and the unrealistic expectations placed upon her by admirers"

exactly. I guess I'm butthurt at the implication that it's a girl's destiny to be a passive, unintentional influence on guys' feelings, but it's more the idea than the wording that annoys me. "she'll break a lot of sharts someday" would be almost liberating by comparison.

starfish succulents (unregistered), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:55 (2 years ago) Permalink

(there's nothing passive or prissy about a shart)

starfish succulents (unregistered), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 17:56 (2 years ago) Permalink

I hate "God don't like ugly" or citing "karma" when something happens to someone the speaker doesn't like/thinks deserves it.

MrDasher, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:01 (2 years ago) Permalink

a little googling suggests that the "break a lot of hearts" line is mostly used on ugly babies (even boys), so maybe the subtext is more like, "nope, no major deformities here. at least this chubby shit won't grow up to be a freak, might even get married someday."

starfish succulents (unregistered), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

Calling things or processes "sexy" in corporate speak really annoys me. Seems to happen more and more.

Paraphrase from a recent conference:
"Green jobs and sustainability have become very sexy topics this year..."

or

"The hard work behind [whatever project] may not be sexy, but it's necessary..."

andrew m., Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

Devalues actual sexy things!

andrew m., Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

^yeah

also refering to non-food things as 'tasty'

xpost

arby's, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

what about when the phrase "sexed up" is applied to cooking, like, "I sexed up the chowder by sauteing the onions in bacon fat"? ewwwwww.

starfish succulents (unregistered), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:51 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah there will be no sexing up of foodstuffs plz

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 27 June 2012 18:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

the bacon fat is already gross enough even without being "sexed up"

Lee626, Wednesday, 27 June 2012 21:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Massively overused joke construct, particularly on Twitter:

"That awkward moment when [X...]"

andrew m., Thursday, 28 June 2012 16:45 (2 years ago) Permalink

yes

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

Mostly from other message boards:

"Am I the only one who..?/I am the only one who..."

"I am a bad person/going to Hell for saying this but..."

MrDasher, Thursday, 28 June 2012 17:52 (2 years ago) Permalink


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