Words, usages, and phrases that annoy the shit out of you...

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Lately, "veggies" has been bugging the shit out of me... too flip, too Australian sounding. Also, "At the end of the day..." is being heavily abused by politicos... a new catch-phrase with no meaning.

Now, a small cadre of philistines in my office has been using the word "outreach" as a NOUN... "Were you able to establish some outreach with the printers?" etc.

What language abuses have been rubbing you raw lately?

andy, Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:18 (fifteen years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:35 (fifteen years ago) link

what?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

That seems like it'd be right up your alley, TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

My friends got into saying "P-word" as a jokingly PC way of saying "pussy" .. i.e. - "so-and-so is a p-word." I tried to explain that it's a real pussy move to be afraid of saying pussy and hypocritical of anyone then to call anyone else a p-word. I think it fell on deaf ears.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:37 (fifteen years ago) link

my p hurts!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:37 (fifteen years ago) link

If my dad wants to agree with something you've said, he says "This is true." It really, really gets me annoyed, for no other reason than overuse as far as I can think.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:21 (fifteen years ago) link

"Have a Cool Yule!" - I haven't actually heard this lately but because of the season I remembered this the other day and darkly mulled over its wankiness.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:26 (fifteen years ago) link

using "Cool Yule" seems like it should automatically warrant a knife in the face.

El Santo Claus (Kingfish), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:36 (fifteen years ago) link

My father met Cheech Marin while drunk and got his autograph. My father is not the autograph type, but kept it because it is a small bar napkin that says "BE COOL FOOL, CHEECH." A man of few words, that Cheech.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:38 (fifteen years ago) link

I cant stand it when I hear someone say 'impactful' is that even a word? Impact is not a property, its created.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:45 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm getting really pissed of with american interpretations of 'Liberal', 'Libertarian' and 'Conservative'

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:52 (fifteen years ago) link

I also get upset about "N-Word" as well. If you're using it in a critical context, people will understand that. If you're not, then you should have the conviction to let people hear it if you want to say it.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:54 (fifteen years ago) link

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

phil-two (phil-two), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:55 (fifteen years ago) link

OH come on, let's touch bases.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Yeah, "metrosexual" is possible the lamest noun of the new millenia.

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Or is it an adjective? I don't know.

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link

If my dad wants to agree with something you've said, he says "This is true." It really, really gets me annoyed, for no other reason than overuse as far as I can think.

-- caitlin (wpsal...) (webmail), December 23rd, 2003. (caitlin)


Oh yes, yes yes. I second that one. And the people who say it, say it over and over.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:02 (fifteen years ago) link

But Ed, those words have different interpretations in almost every country in which they are used.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:03 (fifteen years ago) link

I blame the consolidation of global political power and the diminution of class mobility on people who write in the passive voice.

I also have a horror of people who write prolifically in all caps.

felicity (felicity), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:07 (fifteen years ago) link


"It must say something about ILX that this is the most repeated topic of all time..."

This is true.

But, this is a topic that should be dealt with routinely and harshly... the only way we can correct the language and suppress it's organic growth is by exposing and banning every new usage as it occurs... Isn't that what the French do?

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Least favorite (mis)usage ever - "ON accident..." it's BY accident you fucking moron!!

Also: 'fridge,' girls who refer to each other as 'girl,' proactive...i'll be back when i think of more....

roger adultery, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:47 (fifteen years ago) link

I know, oops, but still it pisses me off.

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:54 (fifteen years ago) link

The recurrence of this topic is always accompanied by the recurrence of complaint about its recurrence.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 01:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Space. All this crap about needing space. Fuck off, then.

Roderick the Visigoth. (Jake Proudlock), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:19 (fifteen years ago) link

All girls must now refer to one another as "guy"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fifteen years ago) link

ok?

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Using "Sexy" in a business environment that has nothing to do with sex. As in "this is a very sexy proposal for our company". Well, I guess, if ripping people off is what turns you on.

BrianB (BrianB), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 05:26 (fifteen years ago) link

'exact same'.

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 20:47 (fifteen years ago) link

"bird" instead of "girl" or "woman". AAAAAARGH.

Melly E (Melly E), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 21:10 (fifteen years ago) link

When people call each other 'babe' and the completely inappropriate use of the word 'literally'. Also can I add at this point, even if it may not be entirely relevant, the unjustifiable grammatical error in Rachael Stevens' song 'Sweet Dreams My LA Ex' : "accuse me of things I never done." And I've listened hard for "I've never done" to try and give her the benefit of the doubt but she doesn't say it.

barbara wintergreen, Monday, 29 December 2003 18:24 (fifteen years ago) link

"Begging the question" and "chomping at the bit." The first is almost always used incorrectly, and the second should be "champing," Goddamn it.

Salmon Pink (Salmon Pink), Monday, 29 December 2003 20:18 (fifteen years ago) link

or "bits"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 29 December 2003 20:34 (fifteen years ago) link

'any way shape or form'. Most heard in full-media-glare denials of misdeeds. Used by dodgy sportsmen who have been 'coached' by their minders for the occasion. It immediately strips the first dozen layers of credibility from whatever statement is being made.

'poetic justice'. Used by the lazy to describe all 'justice' the speaker approves of, instead of a particular type. The adjective is rendered meaningless.

Agree re 'bird' for woman/girl, and lament its threatened return. Stinks of 'I'm being un-PC, where's my medal?'. Also the C-person uses it, which kinda ends the argument.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Monday, 29 December 2003 23:59 (fifteen years ago) link

optics

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:00 (fifteen years ago) link

also photonic inplace of optic

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:10 (fifteen years ago) link

"the....(insert superlative)...in pop."

barbara wintergreen, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:19 (fifteen years ago) link

To return to the top of the thread, I still after 20 odd years gag on 'outreach' as a VERB....

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:46 (fifteen years ago) link

the mightily empty "i could care less" variant on being unable to do the same

ermes marana, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 01:47 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...
People who pronounce the word "presentation" as "PRE-sentation".

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:29 (fourteen years ago) link

since i was reading some VICIOUS anti- rachael ray sentiment last night and i'm still feelin' the love: "E.V.O.O. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL"

s/c (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:32 (fourteen years ago) link

"YUM-O"

s/c (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:33 (fourteen years ago) link

cf.

gear (gear), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:34 (fourteen years ago) link

Also: 'fridge,'

Wait, huh? Fridge is the thing you put food in, whats wrong with it?

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Saying "it impacted on me" instead of "it had an impact on me"... well that's annoying enough but, just recently, I've heard people say "it impacted me" - which surely would only make sense if the speaker was a molar?

Diddyismus (Dada), Thursday, 18 August 2005 09:10 (fourteen years ago) link

'fridge,'

I'm picturing him saying things such as "Would you like me to remove another beverage from the refrigerator for you, whilst we watch some association football?"

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:29 (fourteen years ago) link

bougie, instead of bourgeois. heard it four times last week.

naus (Robert T), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:38 (fourteen years ago) link

"Chav"

Diddyismus (Dada), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:39 (fourteen years ago) link

bourgie?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:42 (fourteen years ago) link

ok this may belong in the IA thread for me

― The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, October 4, 2019 4:06 PM (twenty-five minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

everything on this entire thread belongs on the IA thread (unlike nearly everything on the IA thread)

mark s, Friday, 4 October 2019 15:32 (one week ago) link

At least once a year I combine "my pleasure" and "no problem" into "my problem" or "no pleasure"

Literal audible lol (LALOL)

mick signals, Friday, 4 October 2019 15:41 (one week ago) link

A) I wasn't worried and B)

Pretty sure you can find me way upthread annoyed about customer reps reassuring me with gentle words not to worry, as though I had called them in panic rather than exasperation.

mick signals, Friday, 4 October 2019 15:45 (one week ago) link

Some palare-isms, I guess:

I don't like "yisssss" in the place of "yes" but that's more because of bad past experiences with a yisssser

I don't like [Elektra voice]: "stunning" mostly because I really hated Pose by the end of S2

And I don't like "totes" in the place of "totally"

i could chug a keg of you (flamboyant goon tie included), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:20 (one week ago) link

my pleasure

you're welcome

I'm happy to help

don't mention it

― The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, October 4, 2019 8:14 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

so many good options!

― The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, October 4, 2019 8:14 AM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

lol all of those are worse options for certain instances where "no worries" is used

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:31 (one week ago) link

what are those certain instances

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:33 (one week ago) link

like if someone I know, personally, sees that I am actually worried about something and is making an effort to assuage my worries

ok

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:34 (one week ago) link

but if I decided to enter your place of business and bought somthing from you, and thanked you (?) idgi

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:37 (one week ago) link

lol it must be fun getting bent out of shape by innocuous phrases

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:37 (one week ago) link

thread title to thread

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:38 (one week ago) link

say if a colleague apologizes for something that is totally fine, didn't actually bother you at all. "don't mention it" would be fine there...but so would "no worries".

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:38 (one week ago) link

well yeah, the "no worries" scourge I'm talking about is not in response to an apology! It's in response to being thanked.

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:42 (one week ago) link

ahh ok no worries then :D

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:43 (one week ago) link

no worries

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:44 (one week ago) link

are we anti-no problem? i find i mumble it a lot when someone rotely thanks me for holding a door open for them - somehow 'you're welcome' seems so formal for what was ultimately an insignificant favor

Mordy, Friday, 4 October 2019 18:48 (one week ago) link

you're grand

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:54 (one week ago) link

i so 'no sweat' to british people and they look at me like i'm fuckin clint eastwood

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 October 2019 20:46 (one week ago) link

clint eastwood is 89 which is how old you'd expect someone to be who is still saying no sweat in the UK

mark s, Friday, 4 October 2019 20:49 (one week ago) link

in the US too probably tbf

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 October 2019 22:35 (one week ago) link

I'm annoyed by the push to say "you're welcome," because it so happens that sometimes a person is NOT categorically welcome to whatever I just did for them. Maybe you got lucky. Maybe the beautiful subtext of the alternatives is "you don't need to worry about it this time, but definitely don't get used to it"

ን (nabisco), Friday, 4 October 2019 22:56 (one week ago) link

yeah i mean usually I'm saying no problem because it was a slight problem but I'm being nice

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Friday, 4 October 2019 22:57 (one week ago) link

When I moved to the city, I had to get used to people saying "uh huh" in response to "thank you". It took me two years to adjust, and I remember at least two instances where I said, "...can you please stop saying 'uh huh' in response to 'thank you'? It's really... weird and sounds dismissive." Both times, they smiled a big shit-eating grin and said, "...well, you're welcome."

i could chug a keg of you (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:00 (one week ago) link

The Marine in my class this year would regularly respond to thanks with “easy day.”

El Tomboto, Saturday, 5 October 2019 01:31 (one week ago) link

semper fucked up

mookieproof, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:24 (one week ago) link

It's so much better than no worries or no problem

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:26 (one week ago) link

sound
no bother

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:31 (one week ago) link

btw the idea that anyone should note so closely, let alone wish to exert control over, let alone actually attempt to pull customer rank over service industry or whatever staff about shit as petty as how they acknowledge your tossed-off thanks is fucked up have a fuckin look at yourself if this is a thing for you

too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:35 (one week ago) link

Asking someone to change how they respond to a thank you seems way worse than responding to a thank you with "uh huh"

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:37 (one week ago) link

Xp

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:37 (one week ago) link

lol darraghmac

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:39 (one week ago) link

btw the idea that anyone should note so closely, let alone wish to exert control over, let alone actually attempt to pull customer rank over service industry or whatever staff about shit as petty as how they acknowledge your tossed-off thanks is fucked up have a fuckin look at yourself if this is a thing for you

― too many cuckth thpoil the broth (darraghmac), Friday, October 4, 2019 7:35 PM (eleven minutes ago)bookmarkflaglink

otm

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 5 October 2019 02:48 (one week ago) link

The only correct response really to “thank you” is “yes”

i could chug a keg of you (flamboyant goon tie included), Saturday, 5 October 2019 06:16 (one week ago) link

or "babooshka ya ya"

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 5 October 2019 06:44 (one week ago) link

or "you're welcome"

Dan S, Saturday, 5 October 2019 07:48 (one week ago) link

Just say 'for nothing', the French/Romanian/Spanish/etc. way.

pomenitul, Saturday, 5 October 2019 07:51 (one week ago) link

i'm amazed some posters on this thread haven't been killed by hypertension yet

Goose Witherspeen (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 5 October 2019 07:54 (one week ago) link

Needs even more salt.

pomenitul, Saturday, 5 October 2019 07:57 (one week ago) link

I find a simple "fuck you" sends people on their way with a smile

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 5 October 2019 08:01 (one week ago) link

bitte schon is good you have to admit

often go with 'salright in response to fairly trivial thanks, or just the dreaded/gracious blink nod

ogmor, Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:48 (one week ago) link

"have a ratchet day"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 5 October 2019 10:51 (one week ago) link

Nae tother a' ba'

Let them eat Pfifferlinge an Schneckensauce (Tom D.), Saturday, 5 October 2019 11:20 (one week ago) link

Yeah, ‘no worries’ is like ‘nae bother’ to me.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 5 October 2019 15:50 (one week ago) link

I like the contrast between language change in aggregate being culturally alarming and people day-to-day getting tired of "no worries" and drafting in some other phrase for basically no reason at all.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Saturday, 5 October 2019 17:30 (one week ago) link

lol Tom here at 2:40:00, this was gratifying

https://thebestshow.net/episode/the-secrets-of-life-debut-of-spiral-heads-song/

OTOH I do think these phatic expressions vary geographically (and generationally), so maybe this^ reaction is just our shared age/region demo

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Monday, 7 October 2019 22:14 (one week ago) link

terrible argument. as we discussed already, retail employees are doing customers a huge favor by helping them and not murdering them, so "no worries" or "no problem" is perfectly appropriate.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 01:41 (six days ago) link

ok thank you

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 02:11 (six days ago) link

I'm still processing some related trauma

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 03:41 (six days ago) link

The phrase "best television show of all time" really annoys me, regardless of the show it refers to. At least the 50 million mugs that say "World's Best [Dad/Mom]" exist to express some minimally justified sentimentality, but television isn't your mom or dad, so just say you enjoy a program with some enthusiasm and step away.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 04:01 (six days ago) link

but television isn't your mom or dad

Obviously not a latchkey kid.

Vernon Locke, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 04:26 (six days ago) link

The Sopranos is my mother and my father.

Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 06:18 (six days ago) link


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