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 (seventeen years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

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

my p hurts!

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

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

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

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ok?

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

'exact same'.

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

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

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

or "bits"

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

optics

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

also photonic inplace of optic

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

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

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

"YUM-O"

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

cf.

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

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

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

"Chav"

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

bourgie?

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

xps

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:39 (one week ago) link

Mmmm this can be a really important tactic to soften a question, if you are outranked by all the people you're presenting to. In fact a number of things noted here re teaching & facilitating are actually strategies to mollify & appear positive and unthreatening to listeners.

― Ima Gardener (in orbit)

It is, yeah. Thanks for articulating this, I couldn't quite get the right words for it. For me it's rarely a rank thing, more wanting/feeling a need to be deferential to clients. I worry that it comes off as lacking confidence, though, and I feel like lacking confidence probably comes off worse than being too 'forward'..? Guess it depends on industry/clients.

'jab' annoys me too.

But I hate learnings the most, learnings is the worst one.

salsa shark, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:43 (one week ago) link

I want to use this in a presentation some day:

https://i.pinimg.com/originals/95/fc/a1/95fca1b5e282449ac701d93aeecb6e81.png

jmm, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:44 (one week ago) link

'jab' better than 'shot' imo. We get it, you like to shoot things

kinder, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:52 (one week ago) link

"Sick to my stomach" is one I really hate actually

kinder, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:53 (one week ago) link

‘Jab’ and ‘shot’ are both fine.

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 February 2021 16:54 (one week ago) link

so much for the teaches of Peaches

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:02 (one week ago) link

people at my company say "learns" as a noun. I've never heard this before coming here. "What learns can we take away from today's training session?"


Oh my God get out of there quick.

Mosholu Porkway (Boring, Maryland), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:03 (one week ago) link

Canadian media constantly uses the phrase "top doctor" to refer to the chief public health officer of a given region. "Ontario's top doctor," "Canada's top doctor," etc. It's constant. It's this bit of conspicuous journalese, kind of like "shots in arms," that starts to grate really fast.

"Top soldier" has gotten popular as well.

jmm, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:06 (one week ago) link

The softening language discussion reminded me that about 6 months into the pandemic, my partner and I noticed we were both unfailingly saying "I think I might" instead of "I'm going to." So "I think I might go for a walk" while already putting on shoes, "I think I might have a beer" on the way to the fridge, etc.

We couldn't figure out how it started, but it probably was down to wanting to be less declarative with the only other person we were interacting with regularly (plus some kind of language-is-a-virus mutual reinforcement effect).

rob, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:18 (one week ago) link

I do that a lot when I'm declining something.

"Do you want to come along?" "I think I might stay home this time."

jmm, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:22 (one week ago) link

How can you get learns if you don't make asks?

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:26 (one week ago) link

+1 on "learnings" - overused by several colleagues who want to sound 'with-it' and cool by dropping inane jargon

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:27 (one week ago) link

Also annoyed by the misuse of 'campus' - "Here at the Genentech Campus, we're solving today's blah blah..."

What they mean is bland business park and they should just admit it.

Andy the Grasshopper, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:29 (one week ago) link

"learns" is so unnecessary I imagine the manager's child has been kidnapped and threatened with death should the manager ever say the word "lesson"

rob, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:30 (one week ago) link

Ilx specific one but “thanking you”. It adds 3 unnecessary characters for the sake of doge-esque flare or something.

Evan, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:35 (one week ago) link

Some British people actually say that though

kinder, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:42 (one week ago) link

hmm idgi. Is it supposed to be an emphasis like "many thanks"?

Evan, Thursday, 25 February 2021 17:45 (one week ago) link

‘Jab’ and ‘shot’ are both fine.

especially when the alternative is endless mutations of vax/vaccine/vaccinate/vaccination/...

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:10 (one week ago) link

“get jabs into arms” is objectively awful tho, we have our own Dutch equivalent too

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:13 (one week ago) link

lol owned

otm

stilt in the wings (sic), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:15 (one week ago) link

My best friend does ‘thx’ and it is the only irritating thing about her but mein gott is it irritating.

scampopo (suzy), Thursday, 25 February 2021 18:16 (one week ago) link

‘Jab’ and ‘shot’ are both fine.

Maybe you've been lucky enough not to hear 'jab' in every second sentence.

Punk's not daft (Tom D.), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:11 (one week ago) link

it's a word that means "person has been vaccinated against deadly pandemic" so it tends to make me happy as long as you don't call it "sticky thingy"

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:12 (one week ago) link

thx is gr8, thanking you is for wankers

Towards a Britain-Free Planet (Left), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:16 (one week ago) link

ppl who say this are also most likely to call things "pants" ime

Towards a Britain-Free Planet (Left), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:18 (one week ago) link

Maybe you've been lucky enough not to hear 'jab' in every second sentence.

Indeed. My current geographical location has no doubt helped.

pomenitul, Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:19 (one week ago) link

No very good entries since tbh soz folx

e-skate to the chapeau (darraghmac), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:45 (one week ago) link

I hate the word "the", do we really need it

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:46 (one week ago) link

Ilx specific one but “thanking you”. It adds 3 unnecessary characters for the sake of doge-esque flare or something.

― Evan, Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:35 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

Some British people actually say that though

― kinder, Thursday, February 25, 2021 9:42 AM (two hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

this is classic wee old woman in a shop patter when you pay for your morning roll and newspaper

himpathy with the devil (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:51 (one week ago) link

Also annoyed by the misuse of 'campus'

What's weird to me is that the latin word 'campus' was ever chosen to represent the vicinity of a college or university. In latin it usually referred to a military encampment, although its oldest meaning was more like 'a relatively flat area of ground', which also happens to be the type of spot where you'd want to place a military encampment.

Judge Roi Behan (Aimless), Thursday, 25 February 2021 19:55 (one week ago) link

For "jab" let's just substitute "prick."

display names are for n00bs (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:36 (one week ago) link

by all means, let's go Dutch!

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:49 (one week ago) link

(don’t think my lack of enthusiasm came across very well here)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 25 February 2021 20:55 (one week ago) link

"learns" is so unnecessary


English already has a noun form of learn... lore!

fbclid=fhAZ3l (f. hazel), Friday, 26 February 2021 06:31 (one week ago) link

It's February 2021 and a colleague just used this in an email: "Awesome-Sauce!"

Andy the Grasshopper, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:46 (one week ago) link

That’s good not bad imo, especially in a professional context.

pomenitul, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:47 (one week ago) link

"amazeballs" is even worse

Red Nerussi (Neanderthal), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:59 (one week ago) link

I was re-watching Kim's Convenience and it struck me how much you all must despise Shannon from that show

fbclid=fhAZ3l (f. hazel), Friday, 26 February 2021 18:12 (one week ago) link

"cool cool cool"

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 26 February 2021 22:29 (one week ago) link

"hustle and bustle"

especially in listings for apartments, spelled "hussle and bussle"

maelin, Sunday, 28 February 2021 16:52 (one week ago) link

I just deleted this sentence from a report I've been asked to edit: "There are though a number of ways of structuring that body though and our ‘starter for ten’ approach will need further consideration."

I want to feel glee about deleting it but mostly I'm just annoyed it was even in there to begin with

salsa shark, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 18:36 (six days ago) link

My GF works for a big tech giant and says "Let's park that outside" is in common parlance these days.

Andy the Grasshopper, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 18:41 (six days ago) link

"There are though a number of ways of structuring that body though and our ‘starter for ten’ approach will need further consideration."

OK, this sends what I thought was just a slightly twee conversational catchphrase into very strange territory. What the hell is that meant to mean? I suspect it wouldn't help much if I knew what kind of body we were talking about.

Alba, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 20:12 (six days ago) link

I think it translates as: "There are a lot of ways the landowners involved in this project can structure a partnership. Our report offers some options to consider."

salsa shark, Tuesday, 2 March 2021 21:00 (six days ago) link

"quote-unquote" followed by the thing you want to quote, which is by now outside of the quote marks and thus not quoted. Happy to see an example of this upthread!

regression toward the meme (Matt #2), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 21:49 (six days ago) link

that logic doesn't make any sense, quote-unquote is used the same way "said" is, at the beginning of the utterance that is its referent. this, for example, is not what we do in English:

The other day John said I'm going to the store said.

...although some languages probably do exactly that.

so tonight that I might ramona quimby (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 22:08 (six days ago) link

(object is probably a better term to use than referent there)

so tonight that I might ramona quimby (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 22:09 (six days ago) link

Inspired by reading this: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/mar/01/us-soccer-removes-seth-jahn-speech

“I’m sure I’m going to ruffle some feathers with what I’m about to say, especially given the athletes council that I’m on, but given the evolution of our quote-unquote, progressive culture where everything offends everybody" blah blah blah

He'd have been better off waggling his fingers in the air and affecting a sneer as he said it. Maybe he did that anyway, to be fair to the lad.

regression toward the meme (Matt #2), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 22:48 (six days ago) link

yes, it's often employed by jerks, it's just not syntactically problematic for an English utterance

so tonight that I might ramona quimby (f. hazel), Tuesday, 2 March 2021 23:03 (six days ago) link


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