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 (twenty years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

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

my p hurts!

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

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

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

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ok?

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

'exact same'.

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

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

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

or "bits"

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

optics

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

also photonic inplace of optic

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

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

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

"YUM-O"

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

cf.

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

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

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

"Chav"

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

bourgie?

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

Somebody told me they hated “myriad” once and I have a subroutine in place to avoid its usage, too bad, it’s a useful word

a hyperlink to the past (flamboyant goon tie included), Monday, 4 March 2024 13:54 (yesterday) link

If people wish to use "myriad," I prefer when they use it as an adjective. I know it also is accepted as a noun but I am not reconciled to that usage.

Best: I have myriad iguanas.

Not so great: I have a myriad of iguanas.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 4 March 2024 14:19 (yesterday) link

I didn't even know it could be used as a noun in place of multitude or suchlike. It's too similar to pyramid for me to take it seriously - "I have a pyramid of iguanas".

help me I am in hull (Matt #2), Monday, 4 March 2024 14:35 (yesterday) link

most nouns

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 4 March 2024 14:39 (yesterday) link

I've got a myriad of pyramids, kid

m0stly clean (Slowsquatch), Monday, 4 March 2024 15:03 (yesterday) link

Myriad as noun goes back further than myriad as adjective, I believe.

Alba, Monday, 4 March 2024 15:05 (yesterday) link

second on learnings

what’s with all these ppl suddenly using thou thee thy second/fam again? it’s v fucked up and distracting. can barely get a ye in edgewise.

the kwisatz sasquatch (Hunt3r), Monday, 4 March 2024 15:14 (yesterday) link

(xp) I would have thought so.

The British Boy of Film Classification (Tom D.), Monday, 4 March 2024 15:18 (yesterday) link

I have myriad iguanas.

One for the "shocking old" thread: I was unaware that this word is also an adjective and have never seen it used this way.

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 4 March 2024 15:34 (yesterday) link

*shockingly

Kim Kimberly, Monday, 4 March 2024 15:34 (yesterday) link

same!

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Monday, 4 March 2024 15:40 (yesterday) link

I specifically remember in my degree tutorials my friend getting "a myriad of" corrected to "myriad" by the professor.

kinder, Monday, 4 March 2024 17:42 (yesterday) link

prof otm

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 4 March 2024 19:20 (yesterday) link

totally. non-adjectival use of "myriad" isn't technically wrong, but it always raises an eyebrow when a writer chooses this word, presumably to sound highbrow, but then fumbles the application

budo jeru, Monday, 4 March 2024 20:14 (yesterday) link

I have a plethora of piñatas

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 4 March 2024 20:19 (yesterday) link

myriad as a noun was around for centuries before it was used an as adjective, so "isn't technically wrong" is kind of an understatement

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 4 March 2024 20:22 (yesterday) link

You're right, of course, and I am usually on that side of usage disputes (verbing, for example). But one can have preferences, and be sensitive to the preferences of one's target audience.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 4 March 2024 20:54 (yesterday) link

myriad as a noun was around for centuries before it was used an as adjective, so "isn't technically wrong" is kind of an understatement

― the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, March 4, 2024 2:22 PM (thirty-three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

guess what, lots of things that make people sound stupid have been established practice for centuries

budo jeru, Monday, 4 March 2024 20:56 (yesterday) link

Today I learned that the use of "myriad" as a noun annoys people. Don't really know why though. Might be an 'American thing'.

man in suit and red tie raising his fist (Tom D.), Monday, 4 March 2024 20:58 (yesterday) link

it always raises an eyebrow when a writer chooses this word, presumably to sound highbrow, but then fumbles the application

so you know this is the origin of myriad used as an adjective, right

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:08 (yesterday) link

if we try real hard, we might just recreate this thread

Taking Sides: Another Think Coming v Another Thing Coming

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:14 (yesterday) link

viking as a gerund

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:18 (yesterday) link

today i vike
yesterday I viked
I has have had been viked
many times before

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:21 (yesterday) link

It's necessary that you be viking

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:27 (yesterday) link

its viking sleep?

close encounters of the third knid (darraghmac), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:41 (yesterday) link

Motorviking

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:43 (yesterday) link

i'm a viking girl, in a viking world

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Monday, 4 March 2024 21:59 (yesterday) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO_VONrCJQE

Lily Dale, Monday, 4 March 2024 22:00 (yesterday) link

so you know this is the origin of myriad used as an adjective, right

― the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, March 4, 2024 3:08 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

yup! i am really talking about a style choice, and an awareness of readers' perceptions. you could make the same argument about "self-depreciating," which emerged long before "self-deprecating" and is technically correct, but if a writer used it i would question their judgment for sure. sometimes writers make subtle choices that i appreciate, not because the writer is 100% correct, but because they've managed to avoid awkward or unwelcome associations etc etc

budo jeru, Monday, 4 March 2024 22:51 (yesterday) link

I'm one-upping the haters and using myriad as a pronoun

ɥɯ ︵ (°□°) (mh), Monday, 4 March 2024 22:52 (yesterday) link

myriad, meriad, mineriad

budo jeru, Monday, 4 March 2024 22:53 (yesterday) link

Shibboleths are kind of gross.

Alba, Monday, 4 March 2024 22:55 (yesterday) link

if you're referring to how Minnesotans pronounce "boat," i agree

budo jeru, Monday, 4 March 2024 23:03 (yesterday) link

i am really talking about a style choice, and an awareness of readers' perceptions

show me a sound linguistic basis for this perception and maybe I'll pay attention.

the absence of bikes (f. hazel), Monday, 4 March 2024 23:06 (yesterday) link

I've read the recent posts and have concluded that "myriad" is a cool word

rob, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 00:05 (eight hours ago) link

As I have said, I write and edit for a living. Of course I have opinions but the audience that matters is the person approving my timesheet or signing my paycheck. If they don't like something, I don't argue.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 02:45 (five hours ago) link

Going against the grain here - I have only ever used myriad as an adjective and didn't know it could be used as a noun.

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 02:48 (five hours ago) link

i use myriad as an adverb

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 02:52 (five hours ago) link

Hard to say how often we'll need to cover this ground, but in the world I inhabit both usages are understood and accepted by ordinary readers or listeners, so both are acceptable in informal prose or speech. If you're working in an academic or professional capacity that is more strictly rule-bound than informal prose or speech, then you'd better follow the rules or be seen as being in error.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 02:54 (five hours ago) link

such a pleasant sounding word

Swen, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 02:57 (five hours ago) link

how do we feel about howard cosell mentioning 'a veritable cornucopia of [noun]'

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 03:11 (five hours ago) link

it's fine either way; he's dead

mookieproof, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 03:12 (five hours ago) link

Aimless is right. I would never correct someone speaking or writing in a casual context. But at work I have to adhere to the standards of my profession, even though they are somewhat arbitrary.

alpaca lips now (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 03:51 (four hours ago) link

Why did everyone online start saying "my brother in christ" all the time. Yer not religious, wtf is going on.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 05:36 (two hours ago) link

omg 'bro' has gotten out of hand. don't get me wrong, i'm fine with it, but every sentence cmon

Swen, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 05:53 (two hours ago) link

My bro in Christ

Alba, Tuesday, 5 March 2024 06:06 (two hours ago) link

Trayce I hate that one. It's meant as a zing I think

CEO Greedwagon (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 06:24 (one hour ago) link

Going against the grain here - I have only ever used myriad as an adjective and didn't know it could be used as a noun.

That's not going against the grain btw.

man in suit and red tie raising his fist (Tom D.), Tuesday, 5 March 2024 07:10 (one hour ago) link


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