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 (eighteen years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

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

my p hurts!

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

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

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

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ok?

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

'exact same'.

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

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

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

or "bits"

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

optics

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

also photonic inplace of optic

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

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

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

"YUM-O"

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

cf.

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

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

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

"Chav"

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

bourgie?

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

FPed

mark s, Monday, 29 November 2021 12:45 (one month ago) link

"They understood the assignment"

jmm, Monday, 29 November 2021 12:59 (one month ago) link

Never use ‘just’ in professional correspondence.

the thin blue lying (suzy), Monday, 29 November 2021 14:57 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

'for your consideration' as shorthand for 'this movie/tv show deserves an award'

mookieproof, Sunday, 19 December 2021 03:03 (one month ago) link

Lots of discussion of it on the thread already but the term "creatives" makes me want to jump off a building.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 20:55 (four weeks ago) link

i'm a knowledge worker

towards fungal computer (harbl), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:03 (four weeks ago) link

i'm a memory worker

barf

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:14 (four weeks ago) link

Im a shoddy worker

Angela's Seshes (darraghmac), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:16 (four weeks ago) link

i'm really fucking good at not working

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 21:16 (four weeks ago) link

Recently someone who is a DJ and visual artist used the term in something they put out on social media, and I was like, "now i think you are a CIA plant"

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Wednesday, 22 December 2021 23:26 (four weeks ago) link

earlier today I was thinking about some of the words that I remember being discussed on this thread, namely "bonkers" and "kiddo" ... but in my morning mushy brain, the two words became the phrase "bonko kidders" and now I think about the people I see using the annoying words and phrases as "bonko kidders people"

sarahell, Thursday, 23 December 2021 06:01 (four weeks ago) link

an ilxor used the term "amazeballs" in another thread and I forgive them but jfc

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, 23 December 2021 16:41 (four weeks ago) link

People referring to kids as "littles" really bugs me for some reason.

Lily Dale, Thursday, 23 December 2021 16:45 (four weeks ago) link

"amazeballs"

My boss briefly used 'awesome sauce' in a zoom meeting last week and I almost barfed in my mouth

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 23 December 2021 18:04 (four weeks ago) link

People referring to kids as "littles" really bugs me for some reason.

The reason being it's horrible also wtf?

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:06 (four weeks ago) link

Amazeballs was like a joke flash word c2007. Does anyone actually use it without a bit of irony these days?

Urbandn hope all ye who enter here (dog latin), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:12 (four weeks ago) link

This weather is so amazeballs I should go take the little and the puppers out for a walk.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:12 (four weeks ago) link

had a co-worker who used to say "awesomesauce" 30 times a day in each class she taught

she's not with us anymore

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:13 (four weeks ago) link

oh oh, no, she's not dead, and no we didn't fire her for it, she got another job

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:13 (four weeks ago) link

People referring to kids as "littles" really bugs me for some reason.

Reminding me of my nephew circa age 3 referring to his family situation as "two bigs against one little".

Halfway there but for you, Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:51 (four weeks ago) link

I prefer that to "hatchlings"

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:52 (four weeks ago) link

Incidentally, this thread turns 18 today

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:55 (four weeks ago) link

the thread is a big today

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:57 (four weeks ago) link

nearly 8000 posts. so much annoyance prompted by so many words, usages and phrases. well done, ilx!

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:58 (four weeks ago) link

TURN YOUR LOVE AROUND

hopefully this review helped someone (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 December 2021 19:59 (four weeks ago) link

an ilxor used the term "amazeballs" in another thread and I forgive them but jfc

― we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Thursday, December 23, 2021 8:41 AM (four hours ago)

related to testicles y or n?

sarahell, Thursday, 23 December 2021 21:15 (four weeks ago) link

Brits

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 December 2021 13:19 (three weeks ago) link

Brit vs. Yank: The Face Off

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Thursday, 30 December 2021 18:23 (three weeks ago) link

Yes, I don't like either of them tbh.

I Can't See Gervais In My Mind (Tom D.), Thursday, 30 December 2021 18:28 (three weeks ago) link

"that's sooo aesthetic". NO.

maelin, Saturday, 1 January 2022 21:58 (two weeks ago) link

keep it copacetic

I won't even try to open the whole thread, so I'm sure people have posted about this one before, but "saying the quiet part out loud" is reaching epidemic proportions; I've heard it four or five times on TV the last couple of days.

clemenza, Thursday, 6 January 2022 14:06 (two weeks ago) link

It's the new elephant in the room.

Alba, Thursday, 6 January 2022 14:54 (two weeks ago) link

butt-hurt

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 6 January 2022 17:42 (two weeks ago) link

i prefer butthurt

sarahell, Thursday, 6 January 2022 21:08 (two weeks ago) link

happy one year anniversary to that thing

mookieproof, Friday, 7 January 2022 02:59 (one week ago) link

A friend of mine used the term "crypto creatives" to describe two friends of hers and I will not let her hear the end of it.

we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:00 (one week ago) link

Even fans of Yanigahara admitted that her story, which focused on a group of gay male trauma survivors, created a state of prolonged emotional agony. Well! There’s more where that came from, starting in January. The Smart Sads in your life will be carrying this one around before you know it.

jmm, Sunday, 9 January 2022 15:30 (one week ago) link

ok i have seen it enough in the last week to need to vent about this: could we stop using the phrase "gun to the head" to imply "if i were forced"? please? it's not necessary.

unless you or someone you love has had a gun to their head, you might not feel this way. i get it. still, it's a very grim situation and i would prefer not to be reminded of guns near heads unless the situation is indeed quite dire.

i understand it's hyperbole; it's too evocative for most situations it's used in and it can be triggering for people whose loved ones have had guns to their heads and i know that is not the intention :(

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 9 January 2022 16:00 (one week ago) link

Wow "smart sads" is insidious in the extreme. Most people think they're smarter than average. Most people are sad at least some of the time. Patting yourself on the back for those or making it your identity is cringe af

nonsensei (Ye Mad Puffin), Sunday, 9 January 2022 16:09 (one week ago) link

everyone otm

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 9 January 2022 16:21 (one week ago) link

You don't get to call yourself a "smart sad" unless you've got a gun to your head.

Halfway there but for you, Sunday, 9 January 2022 16:48 (one week ago) link

(Halfway saying the quiet part out loud.)

clemenza, Sunday, 9 January 2022 16:55 (one week ago) link

Not funny
Find another way of making your joke unless you really enjoy making people feel terrible. In that case nothing I say will matter.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:15 (one week ago) link

there are a lot of violent, domineering figures of speech we should really be more conscious about before tossing them off. i was thinking the other day about the corporate word "spearhead." like, imagine using that in a meeting with a native american attending. awful.

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:22 (one week ago) link

just use a direct word or phrase instead of opting for the war or sports metaphor every time imo

Nedlene Grendel as Basenji Holmo (map), Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:23 (one week ago) link

Thank you! I agree 100%

It’s the least people can do to try to remove violent imagery from casual conversation

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 9 January 2022 17:25 (one week ago) link

A friend of mine used the term "crypto creatives" to describe two friends of hers and I will not let her hear the end of it.

― we need outrage! we need dicks!! (the table is the table), Sunday, January 9, 2022 7:00 AM (three hours ago)

as in they are secretly creative? Or they seem creative but you can't quite figure out how? .... or, as in they specialize in making NFTs?

sarahell, Sunday, 9 January 2022 18:25 (one week ago) link

xp
yes was reminded of this when during the Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal cup game earlier the commentator said when the lower league Forest were on the verge of defeating Arsenal that this would be "another famous scalp for them".

oscar bravo, Sunday, 9 January 2022 20:35 (one week ago) link

wow that's truly awful. I'd like to think you'd be unlikely to hear that in N. America but idk

The only good thing about crypto enthusiasts is that the word cryptofascist was already at hand

rob, Monday, 10 January 2022 21:50 (one week ago) link


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