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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

my p hurts!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

El Santo Claus (Kingfish), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

phil-two (phil-two), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


"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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok?

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'exact same'.

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 20:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

Melly E (Melly E), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 21:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

or "bits"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 29 December 2003 20:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

optics

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

also photonic inplace of optic

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

barbara wintergreen, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

ermes marana, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 01:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

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

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

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"YUM-O"

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

cf.

gear (gear), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Also: 'fridge,'

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

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'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 (twelve years ago) Permalink

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

naus (Robert T), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Chav"

Diddyismus (Dada), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

bourgie?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

indeed that sounds like a terrible drag, sorry

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:20 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yea its fine we got most of the stuff back, got a security thing... it is funny though, every time i would talk about it, i would be very conscious of the burgled/robbed difference, for whatever reason, even those most people don't know. frankly i'm surprised more people fuck up "hanged" and say "hung themselves." i actually feel that one has gotten worse in recent years

flappy bird, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:23 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it's to the point now that when someone says "hanged" it's sort of impressive

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Right. it's strange because I remember a decade ago, whenever that phrase would come up and someone would say "hung," another would correct with "hanged." now it's just a free for all

flappy bird, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:31 (two weeks ago) Permalink

IDGAF, correct at all costs, you can't cede any territory to these cretins

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lol it's a little difficult when you're talking about a mutual friend that just committed suicide lmao

flappy bird, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:41 (two weeks ago) Permalink

one time i left my house to to pickup a friend from the train station 5 mins down the street. when i got back i realized we were robbed. the windows were open and some things were missing, doors and cabinets were opened, etc. the thing is, at the time i didn't know if anyone was still in the house or not. this is why we called the cops. not sure what they wrote down and i don't really care. they arrived and accused us of lying and being on drugs. it sucked.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:42 (two weeks ago) Permalink

you shoulda said burgled, they would have believed you

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"The prisoner was hung" has connotations that bring to mind horses more than executions.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

there is actually such a thing as "death erection" though, in which case, unfortunately, one could be both hanged and evidently hung

Entrepreneurial Jism Unshackler (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 9 February 2018 02:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

it always bugs me that the term is "pleaded guilty (or innocent)" rather than "pled guilty" because the preferred use of language was variable

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:54 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I also realized that the dictionary version of "robbed" I was looking at had general theft under "informal dialect" and listed "burglary" as a synonym

so there you go, I'm just from a bad dialect area

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 02:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

legal language is a gated system used to control those who in general do not understand it. there is a legal class that can understand the accepted contexts of all of these words and then there is everybody else, the vast people the laws are applied to, many of them legally illiterate. in a way we haven't changed much since the days of the Holy Roman Empire controlling everything through Latin.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 9 February 2018 03:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

To my ear, "pled" is about as correct as "syllabi."

That is, I understand the arguments in favor, but it seems just too stilted for normal use. For almost every audience, I'd prefer a more conversational choice.

I will finish what I (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 9 February 2018 03:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I was taught pled either in civics class or mock trial and I wonder what was up with that

mh, Friday, 9 February 2018 03:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

pled/pleaded drives me insane -- I can never remember which one to use when and I'm a fucking lawyer

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 9 February 2018 03:47 (two weeks ago) Permalink

He pled "innocent" to the capital crime he was charged with and during the sentencing he pleaded for his life.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 9 February 2018 04:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

syllabuses?

i work in one of the least orthodox higher education environments known to me and mankind and even we say syllabi

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 9 February 2018 04:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i was at a gig once where the singer was talking about someone being hung and the guy behind me kept yelling 'hanged!' and shaking his head

anyway that's how I remember the difference

kinder, Friday, 9 February 2018 05:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Twas poor form of him indeed to go so far as to mime it

Alderweireld Horses (darraghmac), Friday, 9 February 2018 08:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

couldn't see a thread for malapropisms so i'll park this here. sales guy just emailed me to explain some pricing inconsistencies on his company's website - apparently they were due to "some clichés on the system"

faust apes (NickB), Friday, 9 February 2018 10:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

That’s beautiful.

kim jong deal (suzy), Friday, 9 February 2018 12:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

sounds like he's got a bad platitude

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 9 February 2018 12:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

here's a malapropism story for you:

a friend of mine worked in a fabric shop in Glasgow called Remnant Kings. they had a chaise longue in the window of the shop that they used to re-upholster periodically in a fabric that they were trying to punt. my friend was working behind the counter one day when some older Glasgow women were having a look at that piece of furniture. One of the women came up to my friend at the counter and said:

"Excuse me, hen, can you tell me the name of the fabric you've got covering your Champs-Élysée?"

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:24 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have thought of that story so often that when I see a chaise-longue now I can't remember what it's really called.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

LOL. It might have been my mother, she was never out of that shop, back in the day.

Video reach stereo bog (Tom D.), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

For a while I had a delightfully malaprop-prone boss who came up with lots of things like that. I'd sometimes have to hold a folder in front of my face during meetings.

One of my favorites was "Man, I hate poppyseed bagels. The Rembrandts get stuck in your teeth."

I will finish what I (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

probably Tom!

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 9 February 2018 23:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

In some respects I feel bad for laughing because it was a great job and she was a great boss. And _usually_ you could figure out what she meant.

"For Christmas, let's do a Yankee Candle swap!" Okay, not actually what it's called but I know what you mean.

Sometimes, though, I was just stumped.

"Are you excited about the papple visit?"

"The what?"

"The papple visit." Took a while before it was clear that she was talking about the Pope coming to Nationals Stadium.

I will finish what I (Ye Mad Puffin), Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:01 (one week ago) Permalink

"Absorb" as used by my friend recently wjn she told me to "absorb the lesson". Probably should find friends who don't thrive on breezy ass language

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:20 (one week ago) Permalink

*when

kolakube (Ross), Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:21 (one week ago) Permalink

Papal probably

Mordy, Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:47 (one week ago) Permalink

the paypal visit

mh, Saturday, 10 February 2018 01:05 (one week ago) Permalink

it's like you're always stuck in dentures heeeere

kinder, Saturday, 10 February 2018 21:57 (one week ago) Permalink

“I’m just gonna leave this here”

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:30 (two days ago) Permalink

oh my god otm. that one has sort of died off though thankfully

flappy bird, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:32 (two days ago) Permalink

that was sort of supplanted by "Boom." which was really only a twitter phenomenon and has also died off

flappy bird, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:32 (two days ago) Permalink

yeah not only mic drop but that guy too, whoever he is (bootleg seth meyers?)

flappy bird, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:34 (two days ago) Permalink

i've been told he's on 'silicon valley' and is okay but i don't care, i want to kill him

mookieproof, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:35 (two days ago) Permalink

hell yeah

flappy bird, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 03:36 (two days ago) Permalink

"burgle" as a verb is a back formation from the noun "burglar", I think, so "burglarize" also kind of makes sense.

mahb, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 09:44 (two days ago) Permalink

"Play stupid games, win stupid prizes"

― erudite beach boys fan (sheesh), Saturday, October 29, 2016 1:36 PM (one year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

This one drives me up the fucking wall.

how's life, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 10:05 (two days ago) Permalink

that's a new one to me
what does it mean, aside from being totally dismissive?

i loathe all glib canned responses like that
i think i loathe glibness in general

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:40 (two days ago) Permalink

Basically it means that if you engage in risky behavior, you should expect negative consequences. In context, there's also an implication that you deserve the negative outcomes.

how's life, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:54 (two days ago) Permalink

mess with the bull, you get the horns amirite?!
it sounds like a dismissive shitty thing to say

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:57 (two days ago) Permalink

I would only say that to an actual bullfighter

scotti pruitti (wins), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:58 (two days ago) Permalink

not all back formations are created equal

ogmor, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:01 (two days ago) Permalink

There is, for example, a subreddit by that name that mostly shares varying degrees of 'fail video' type antics. But I've also heard it used in real life regarding someone who OD'd on heroin.

how's life, Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:01 (two days ago) Permalink

jesus
that's cruel
why is everyone such an asshole

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Wednesday, 21 February 2018 14:05 (two days ago) Permalink


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