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 (sixteen years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

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

my p hurts!

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

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

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

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ok?

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

'exact same'.

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

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

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

or "bits"

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

optics

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

also photonic inplace of optic

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

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

barbara wintergreen, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:19 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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 (sixteen 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

Haven't encountered that... till now.

Load up your rubber wallets (Tom D.), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 08:00 (one month ago) link

Just saying there's an opening for "yeet" as the first-person dual pronoun in Modern English

The kids are using 'yeet' as a verb, meaning to lob or chuck something. 'What happened to my pen? I yeeted it out the window' etc.

Ngolo Cantwell (Chinaski), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 13:25 (one month ago) link

recent reddit joek: "What's the difference between a baked sweet potato and a flying pig?"

"One's a heated yam. The other is a yeeted ham."

Natalie Wouldn't (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 14:19 (one month ago) link

This morning, within a few minutes of each other, I saw an ad for pork chops that claimed they were "raised thoughtfully" and a label on a jar of instant coffee claiming it was "grown respectfully". These are not so much annoying as deeply bogus. These feeble attempts feel even more bogus than good old 'nongredients', where marketers label a bag of sugar as having "No Trans Fats!".

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:02 (one month ago) link

really, really tired of "circular firing squad"

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:07 (one month ago) link

yeet is an excellent word and should not be being dangled into this often silly thread

mark s, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:08 (one month ago) link

"grown thoughtfully; slaughtered gleefully"

kinder, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:37 (one month ago) link

While paying a bill just now: "Please complete this challenge to prove you are a real person:"
Then I clicked the "I am not a robot" button.
Conclusion: just because you do something, it doesn't make it a "challenge". Especially posting a photo of yourself to Facebook or whatever.
*grumble*

empire of the shunned (Matt #2), Saturday, 22 February 2020 13:15 (one month ago) link

it's a "challenge" in the sense of "Halt! Who goes there?"

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:04 (one month ago) link

yeah, challenge/response is online security jargon... I'd nix it in customer-facing stuff though, just use "verify"

avellano medio Inglés (f. hazel), Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:33 (one month ago) link

it's challenging for many of us to prove our innate humanity in this rapidly digitized world

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:47 (one month ago) link

my phone has a small membrane I have to cry a single tear on sometimes

avellano medio Inglés (f. hazel), Saturday, 22 February 2020 22:49 (one month ago) link

This bad thread is never worse than when it is just listing every meme, but

“____ can have a little ____, as a treat”

is annoying cause the original image said “cats can have little a salami” and these things matter

― Last night I dreamt I watched The Mandalorian (wins), Sunday, February 16, 2020 8:01 AM (six days ago) bookmarkflaglink

the wrongness of this post has been bothering me for a week... a) it's only one version out of dozens that was worded like that, and b) the humor of the meme isn't 'hey internet, remember how dogs have their own funny way of speaking, well so do cats and hold onto your butts bc it's even more grammatically incorrect!', the humor is that it's a cat assuring you that yes, it's ok to give cats salami, but only a little bit, you know, as a treat

lumen (esby), Sunday, 23 February 2020 02:49 (one month ago) link

this is not in reference to anything specific -- because it's too widespread to do that -- but the increased use of "grift" to mean "thing I dislike," much like how "trolling" is now completely detached from its original meaning -- is irritating as all hell. unless someone is deliberately scamming, they are not a grifter! things can be bad without being that!

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 23 February 2020 04:48 (one month ago) link

in particular, if someone is a true believer in whatever it is they are doing, that isn't grift (nor trolling), they just believe something that is bad

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Sunday, 23 February 2020 04:49 (one month ago) link

wins is (as usual, bcz he's funny ) entirely correct and esby is (as always, bcz never funny) completely wrong

mark s, Sunday, 23 February 2020 10:56 (one month ago) link

wins being correct on a thread he (correctly) despises is also funny

mark s, Sunday, 23 February 2020 10:58 (one month ago) link

all financial transactions under capitalism are grift btw

Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Sunday, 23 February 2020 12:53 (one month ago) link

Wow seriously I don’t understand “X can have a little y, as a treat” because it’s not clever at all? What’s funny or clever about a treat? Idgi unless it’s like the Bloomberg-spaghetti face thing where it truly means nothing and you just have to subscribe to it being “funny” or be on the outside.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:32 (one month ago) link

I think the last meme that made me laugh was the one of Leonardo DiCaprio doing a dog impression for Cillian Murphy and that must be almost a decade ago so I dunno.

Alba, Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:57 (one month ago) link

Wow seriously I don’t understand “X can have a little y, as a treat” because it’s not clever at all? What’s funny or clever about a treat?

the typo is what was originally intended to be funny, especially as it suggested that a cat had written the article. (cats famously have an inexact grasp of English grammar.)

the subsequent memes are stating that other things can be a treat for various recipients, not that treats are inherently clever.


Bloomberg-spaghetti face

never encountered whatever this is btw!

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Monday, 24 February 2020 00:57 (one month ago) link

Ok consider it clarified :) Still not very amusing but I’m not a cat person so it’s clearly not for me.

Re spaghetti — I heard there was a meme with Bloomberg’s face superimposed on a plate of spaghetti!? I heard this on NPR while driving through Iowa so I thought it was well known lol :)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Monday, 24 February 2020 01:04 (one month ago) link

Bloomberg’s face superimposed on a plate of spaghetti!?

I'd jam a fork into it.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 24 February 2020 04:30 (one month ago) link

cats famously have an inexact grasp of English grammar

This is one of those things that suffuses popular culture that I wish we had the temperament to examine critically.

Like, we can believe that pets read and write... but we always imagine that they don't do it very well. We anthropomorphize nonhuman animals' skills into a very specific range: just enough to be relatable and amusing, but not so much that they'd threaten our hegemony. So a dog can write CAT FUD, Toonces can drive but is terrible at it, a cat can write "cheezburger" but somehow not "cheeseburger."

There's the related phenomenon of deliberate misspelled words in specific online contexts (e.g. joek, borad, baout), but again there's a weirdly specific range where people think that's cute - short of which it's just wrong; past which it's just incomprehensible.

I vaguely recall that one proposed etymology for "OK" was a 19th-century fad for deliberate joke misspellings like "oll correct," which is basically doge / can haz avant la lettre.

very linguistics, wow

Boot edge edgelord (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 24 February 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

all financial transactions under capitalism are grift btw

― Dunty Reggae party 🎉 (Noodle Vague), Sunday, February 23, 2020 7:53 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

by this definition you are a grifter, as am I, as am virtually everyone in the country and possibly the world, which means that you are asserting that every single person in that category is deliberately out to scam others and truly believes in nothing

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 24 February 2020 17:33 (one month ago) link

s/are, rewrote a few too many times

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Monday, 24 February 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

This is one of those things that suffuses popular culture that I wish we had the temperament to examine critically.

I know of at least one Ph.D. dissertation about lolcat, there are undoubtedly more now

avellano medio Inglés (f. hazel), Monday, 24 February 2020 18:07 (one month ago) link

but we always imagine that they don't do it very well.

In my experience, Gary Larson in The Far Side was the first place I saw this trend consistently illustrated. A much earlier counter-example would be Don Marquis, who wrote the Archy and Mehitabel vignettes. Archy the cockroach spelled exquisitely well, but couldn't capitalize, being too small to use the shift key.

A is for (Aimless), Monday, 24 February 2020 19:44 (one month ago) link

he was exactly the right size and wisely chose not to

mark s, Monday, 24 February 2020 19:48 (one month ago) link

"cringe" again

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 24 February 2020 21:57 (one month ago) link

Gary Larson in The Far Side

Yes CAT FUD is a classic Far Side reference and even non-Larson fans ime write it that way.

Like, I have had cats for 40+ years and I can't remember ever writing "cat food" on a shopping list. Cat fud or gtfo.

Boot edge edgelord (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 02:09 (one month ago) link

I really hate the use of equity as a replacement for equality. It seems that apparently they have different meanings, but not THAT different and maybe we could have just updated the meaning on the one word.

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 20:06 (one month ago) link

Saki’s Tobermory was very eloquent: I guess our estimation of cat’s intelligence has gone down over the last century.

Bidh boladh a' mhairbh de 'n láimh fhalaimh (dowd), Saturday, 29 February 2020 21:50 (one month ago) link

Birds are sketchy on grammar and also full of themselves:

https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/269/929/cc9.jpg_large

Josefa, Saturday, 29 February 2020 22:18 (one month ago) link

borb

Fantastic. Great move. Well done (sic), Saturday, 29 February 2020 22:19 (one month ago) link

What everyone really needs to accept is that it’s horribly grating to hear anyone say anything that anyone else has ever said before

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Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Monday, 2 March 2020 19:05 (four weeks ago) link

I was talking on Facebook about VP picks earlier tonight with a friend: "I'm not as deadset against Harris as I was, though still a bit worried about the whole stupid 'lanes' business."

"Lanes" is (are?) everywhere right now. The entire political spectrum has been transformed into a bowling alley.

clemenza, Saturday, 7 March 2020 04:48 (three weeks ago) link

two weeks pass...

Trying to tell my inner pedant to calm down when it sees 'epicentre' used re: this outbreak.

Paperbag raita (ledge), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 12:03 (one week ago) link

i'm not a prescriptivist and ppl using formulae i'm unused to is mostly more interested than annoying -- this thread is mainly bad not good -- but when ppl say "coronated" are they just jokingly avoiding saying "crowned"?

("coronated" is a term in zoology meaning "resembling a crown")

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:21 (one week ago) link

? https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coronate

rob, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:24 (one week ago) link

but fine I'll amend to ""looks like charles is finally getting his coronation after all"

rob, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:26 (one week ago) link

i guess the dem primary just unleashed a whole bunch of it into my attention

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:29 (one week ago) link

Americans could have a slight reluctance to say "crowned" w/r/t politics, while "coronated" sounds more metaphorical, i.e., more distant from genuine monarchical practice? idk

whatever spell check my browser is running does not think "coronated" is a word btw

rob, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:32 (one week ago) link

i'm not against it, just unused to it. it seems like needless duplication -- but maybe the avoidance of monarchical implication stops it being a duplication?

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:35 (one week ago) link

the more I think about it, the more it seems like a US/UK divide. When I think of "crowning" or "crowned" my first association is childbirth!

rob, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:41 (one week ago) link

It make me think of Cornuts. I'm hungry.

avellano medio inglés (f. hazel), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:02 (one week ago) link

My first association with "crowned" was with boxing champions.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:04 (one week ago) link

as in "crowned champion" or as in "punched in the head"

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

the first. the second usage is becoming quite archaic.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:14 (one week ago) link

lol my mum used to use the latter, but that largely confirms your judgment

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:15 (one week ago) link


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