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 (fifteen years ago) link

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

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

what?

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

my p hurts!

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

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

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

OH come on, let's touch bases.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ok?

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

'exact same'.

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

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

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

or "bits"

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

optics

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

also photonic inplace of optic

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

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

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

punching old

deems of internment (darraghmac), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 12:15 (one month ago) link

99% of the time doesn't make particular sense in the context just like some compulsive content-free pejorative

this is precisely the point of it

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:27 (one month ago) link

language must be liberated from notions of content asap

Xia Nu del Vague (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 13:29 (one month ago) link

"Doggo"

Also "very good boy"

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:04 (one month ago) link

14/10 heckin' good post

non-euclidean lenin (bizarro gazzara), Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:07 (one month ago) link

my puppo just done a bork

maffew12, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:48 (one month ago) link

this is precisely the point of it
― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Tuesday, November 5, 2019 8:27 AM (one hour ago)

how so? the point appears to be "acting like a self-satisfied older neoliberal is obnoxious and due for many of our current problems" not "let's call anyone annoying us a boomer" - it's like an even dumber bye felicia.

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:58 (one month ago) link

and responsible for* etc u get the pt

Mordy, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 14:58 (one month ago) link

"give your head a wobble"

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 6 November 2019 09:54 (one month ago) link

customer reps reassuring me with gentle words not to worry, as though I had called them in panic rather than exasperation.

https://i.imgur.com/N9PJi9a.png

mick signals, Thursday, 7 November 2019 16:59 (one month ago) link

I think that "don't worry" in that context is code for "please do not yell at me like everyone else does".

A is for (Aimless), Thursday, 7 November 2019 17:06 (one month ago) link

Shoot, is it? Too late.

mick signals, Thursday, 7 November 2019 17:17 (one month ago) link

Not sure I hate it, but lately the thing where people reply 'That's okay' to 'Thank you' is really tickling me:

CASHIER: 'That's £5.95, and here's your change'
CUSTOMER: 'Thank you'
CASHIER: 'That's okay'

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 12:12 (one month ago) link

FRIEND 1: I just got accepted for an amazing dream job!!
FRIEND 2: Wow, congratulations, that's brilliant
FRIEND 1: Thank you
FRIEND 2: That's okay

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 12:13 (one month ago) link

SUPERMAN: 'Here are the baddies to put in prison'
MAYOR: 'The city is safe again! Thanks Superman'
SUPERMAN: 'That's okay'

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Friday, 8 November 2019 12:14 (one month ago) link

...and here's why

tempted by the fruit of your mother (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:39 (one month ago) link

Been around for ages now but this use of "do a ____" in an attempt at being winsome is just awful and needs to stop (I did a cry, you are doing a frighten, &c)

"did a racism"

Sam Weller, Monday, 18 November 2019 14:08 (three weeks ago) link

Knock yourself out

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Monday, 18 November 2019 17:11 (three weeks ago) link

'Like', that fatuous word sticking out like a sore thumb in conversational English. It's like killed American podcasts for me, like, the word just pops up like every five seconds. I used to think littering sentences with 'like' was solely an American thing, but last time I was in England I heard it quite a lot?

Le Bateau Ivre, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 07:57 (two weeks ago) link

My podcast bugbear is Americans starting an answer with "So" and ending it with "right?"

Sam Weller, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 08:54 (two weeks ago) link

Starting an answer with "So" is just what politicians et al do in the UK these days.

'Skills' Wallace (Tom D.), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:24 (two weeks ago) link

'Like' has been a thing in UK and US English forever really and I'm guilty of it myself. But there's a certain tone to a lot of podcasts that amplifies it, definitely

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:32 (two weeks ago) link

"So" used to annoy me as the classic opener for broadsheet columnists and Guardian letter writers ("So Celebrity X claims..." etc). As the beginning of an answer to a direct question it just signals to me that evasion will follow.

fetter, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 09:39 (two weeks ago) link

State of this, state of that...

Zelda Zonk, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:22 (two weeks ago) link

Screw 'so', go 'hwæt' or gtfo.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 19 November 2019 10:28 (two weeks ago) link

one of my supervisors does the "so..." opening to a "...right?" closing for nearly every sentence uttered. one of those things where once you notice it, it's very distracting and grating.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 16:55 (two weeks ago) link

Chicken cacciatore.

No idea why.

pomenitul, Saturday, 30 November 2019 09:37 (one week ago) link

across from the medical center

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Saturday, 30 November 2019 10:55 (one week ago) link

Been around for ages now but this use of "do a ____" in an attempt at being winsome is just awful and needs to stop (I did a cry, you are doing a frighten, &c)

"did a racism"

― Sam Weller, Monday, November 18, 2019 9:08 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

Yeah these are really bad but I think widely mocked for what they are, infantile regression... see also 'doggo,' 'heckin,' etc.

flappy bird, Wednesday, 4 December 2019 23:42 (five days ago) link

'Like', that fatuous word sticking out like a sore thumb in conversational English. It's like killed American podcasts for me, like, the word just pops up like every five seconds. I used to think littering sentences with 'like' was solely an American thing, but last time I was in England I heard it quite a lot?

― Le Bateau Ivre, Monday, November 18, 2019 11:57 PM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

creeping americanization.

i mean, like, i say like a lot, but i have been living with canadians for 7 and a half years. british people in britain should not be saying like

#FBPIRA (jim in vancouver), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 23:45 (five days ago) link

As an American I can say that saying “like” totally rules

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 23:46 (five days ago) link

Everyone should do it

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Wednesday, 4 December 2019 23:47 (five days ago) link

Probably have said this before, but using BCE/CE rather than BC/AD is some shit-eating namby-pambyness. First of all, "common era" is a meaningless phrase. Secondly, if you want to pretend your dating system has no connection to Christianity, maybe start it in a different year.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 6 December 2019 00:20 (three days ago) link

stuff it, sick of seeing BC/AD still in 2019 CE, they're in different languages even.

Guess I could start using the Hebrew calendar exclusively tho

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 6 December 2019 00:38 (three days ago) link

xp Fair enough, except that those abbreviations don’t say merely “Jesus,” which would be okay...they say “lord” and “Christ”

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 6 December 2019 00:41 (three days ago) link

I’m happy to start writing “BJ” and “HJ” (for “h’after Jesus”)

Swilling Ambergris, Esq. (silby), Friday, 6 December 2019 01:02 (three days ago) link

lollll

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 6 December 2019 01:03 (three days ago) link

Indeed quality of life has truly declined over the millennia

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 6 December 2019 01:04 (three days ago) link

Secondly, if you want to pretend your dating system has no connection to Christianity, maybe start it in a different year.

Yeshua ben Joseph didn't start in that year either, but our commonly-agreed era of dating did

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 6 December 2019 01:36 (three days ago) link

I thought this was some kind of criticism of Jdate before I scrolled up

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Friday, 6 December 2019 02:15 (three days ago) link

Yeshua ben Joseph didn't start in that year either, but our commonly-agreed era of dating did

Even for you, sic, this is feeble trolling.

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Friday, 6 December 2019 04:46 (three days ago) link

*wipes brow* lucky I wasn't trolling then!

(obv the dating didn't actually start that year either)

insecurity bear (sic), Friday, 6 December 2019 05:34 (three days ago) link

Lived in blissful ignorance of this crime against the English langauge until this Joshua v. Ruiz fight tbh.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sportswashing

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:27 (two days ago) link

Such and such an artist/album 'slaps' is a construction I'll happily see the back of.

Life is a meaningless nightmare of suffering...save string (Chinaski), Saturday, 7 December 2019 12:41 (two days ago) link

'We need to talk about... [ultra-niche, super-ephemeral, almost certainly insignificant cultural moment]'

YOU CALL THIS JOURNALSIM? (dog latin), Saturday, 7 December 2019 20:08 (two days ago) link

“slab”

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:07 (two days ago) link

slab?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:10 (two days ago) link

scottish labour?

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:10 (two days ago) link

to be clear I was saying "slab," not objecting to it

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Saturday, 7 December 2019 22:20 (two days ago) link


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