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

Apologies in advance and, in way of explanation, I'm Scottish. It's that time of the year where I get annoyed at people saying Happy New Year before it's January 1st and, this will never stop being intensely annoying, pronouncing Auld Lang Syne as Auld Lang Zyne.

Soup on my lanyard (Tom D.), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:20 (four weeks ago) link

s/b daylights saving, like attorneys general

mark s, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:33 (four weeks ago) link

Passer bys

Alba, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:47 (four weeks ago) link

^^^wanna destroy tbh

mark s, Wednesday, 1 January 2020 13:59 (four weeks ago) link

number of daylights saved: 182

times 牛肉麵 (Autumn Almanac), Wednesday, 1 January 2020 18:58 (four weeks ago) link

Next motherfucker with a corny-ass "2020 vision" pun will face sheer wrath

Thxbye

Yeets don't fail me now (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 2 January 2020 22:08 (three weeks ago) link

"cringe"

― american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, December 22, 2019 9:34 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

fuckin happened again

if you describe anything as "so cringe" log out and cut off your hands imo

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:28 (three weeks ago) link

TS: cringey or cringeworthy or cringe-inducing.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 20:36 (three weeks ago) link

the latter two are fine, "cringey" suspect, "so cringe" from the depths of hell

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:52 (three weeks ago) link

"It's so concerning" = ugh ugh

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 6 January 2020 20:54 (three weeks ago) link

^^^ "Concerning" is the fucking worst.

I'm currently reading a book (academic study of pop music) that uses "problematic" as a fucking noun.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Monday, 6 January 2020 21:06 (three weeks ago) link

'Problematic' qua academic noun has been around for ages and is unrelated to wokeness.

pomenitul, Monday, 6 January 2020 21:13 (three weeks ago) link

i think the pinefox started a thread about it

(or anyway a discussion in a thread, he was amused by what exactly academics think they're asking when they used it -- it's usually plural in the academic sense tho, maybe)

mark s, Monday, 6 January 2020 21:37 (three weeks ago) link

It's so concerning

will they cancel the parade?

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 7 January 2020 04:59 (three weeks ago) link

"my dude"

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 17:25 (three weeks ago) link

anthropocene

Muswell Hillbilly Elegy (President Keyes), Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:18 (two weeks ago) link

"step foot in" it's fucking SET foot fuiud

― an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Friday, January 11, 2019 8:14 AM (eleven months ago) bookmarkflaglink

I know both usages have been around a long time but one is correct and the other makes me want to twist someone's foot off

Brad C., Thursday, 9 January 2020 15:27 (two weeks ago) link

"nothing burger"

― Number None, Sunday, July 16, 2017 6:08 AM (two years ago)

― pomenitul, Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:04 AM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:36 (two weeks ago) link

"cringe"

― american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, December 22, 2019 11:34 AM (three weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

‘we need to talk about _______’

― mookieproof, Sunday, December 29, 2019 2:33 PM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

any reference to Twitter as "this website"

― Number None, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 6:52 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:36 (two weeks ago) link

any reference to Twitter as "this bird app"

― groovemaaan, Tuesday, December 31, 2019 7:05 AM (two weeks ago) bookmarkflaglink

I haven't seen this but I like it :)

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:37 (two weeks ago) link

"DEEP DIVE" is becoming toxic. I didn't mind it at first (3 years ago), kinda liked it, now a contagion.

flappy bird, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:37 (two weeks ago) link

like genital warts

papa stank (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 05:38 (two weeks ago) link

I've noticed this for a few years now, but lots of people don't seem to understand what 'opaque' means. I just saw it used to describe a transparent piece of perspex.

kinder, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:41 (two weeks ago) link

"[...]. That's it. That's the tweet."

Sam Weller, Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:14 (one week ago) link

I've noticed this for a few years now, but lots of people don't seem to understand what 'opaque' means. I just saw it used to describe a transparent piece of perspex.

I'm afraid the situation is even worse with "transparent," because it has acquired two functionally opposite meanings: the quality of not being hidden, and the quality of being invisible.

You can say that a government process is "transparent," meaning that everyone can ostensibly see what is going on.

You can also say that e.g. a cloud migration is "transparent to the user," meaning that you don't notice it happening and don't have to do anything.

It's like "oversight" meaning either carelessness or close attention.

Yeets don't fail me now (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 11:26 (one week ago) link

heartlands

nashwan, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:30 (six days ago) link

all power to the overlooked organs

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:33 (six days ago) link

spleenlands

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:33 (six days ago) link

2020 "stop saying tonnes in metaphors when tons works fine" challenge

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 14:50 (six days ago) link

maybe liverlands should be the actual name for merseyside and thus labour's truest turf

nashwan, Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:11 (six days ago) link

2020 "stop saying tonnes in metaphors when tons works fine" challenge

tuns 🛢️🛢🛢️🛢

(why no beer barrel emoji, only oil barrels)

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:18 (six days ago) link

my analogy don't want none unless you got tonnes hun

i've seen no good people (Neanderthal), Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:21 (six days ago) link

otm re opaque and transparent, I have now given up on working out what these actually mean except when used 100% literally about the see-through-ness of a material I can actually see (through, or not) there and then

further evidence that words mean anything which means they don't mean anything, also metaphors are bad

a passing spacecadet, Thursday, 23 January 2020 15:21 (six days ago) link

also metaphors are bad

also similes are like a thing that is bad

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:38 (six days ago) link

no matter how many times I look it up, my brain cannot hold onto the meaning of "ornate"... it always reads as "featureless" or "plain" to me, even though I know that's wrong

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:46 (six days ago) link

Nothing featureless or plain about The Shape Of Jazz To Come or Dancing In Your Head.

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 23 January 2020 16:50 (six days ago) link

I always have to struggle to remind myself that "enervated" means drained of energy.

shared unit of analysis (unperson), Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:18 (six days ago) link

Huh, I had no idea.

pomenitul, Thursday, 23 January 2020 17:25 (six days ago) link

And that nonplussed means perplexed not unimpressed

Alba, Thursday, 23 January 2020 20:56 (six days ago) link

it's all very plussing imo

mark s, Thursday, 23 January 2020 20:58 (six days ago) link

'noisome' always confuses me

koogs, Friday, 24 January 2020 04:35 (five days ago) link

I think the meaning of nonplussed is changing bcs so many people use it to mean unimpressed, esp. in the US(?)

fetter, Friday, 24 January 2020 08:29 (five days ago) link

Restive another one like enervated

The way ppl misuse nonplussed is so random and leaves me nonplussed - I have a crackpot theory I’ve mentioned before that it’s because it sounds a bit like “not fussed” maybe? Similar to how ppl think craven means shameless instead of cowardly cause it sounds a bit like brazen. Neither is probably true but it’s what my dumb brain came up with to explain everyone else’s dumb brains

Baby yoda laid an egg (wins), Friday, 24 January 2020 09:22 (five days ago) link

Been reading up on kombucha brewing and every time I see Scoby I get angry.

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 24 January 2020 16:50 (five days ago) link

and I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 24 January 2020 17:08 (five days ago) link

Speaking to a calendar year as if it's a person, eg "2020 you SUCK!"

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:07 (yesterday) link

Go home, (year), you're drunk.

Okay, you're an ambulance (Ye Mad Puffin), Tuesday, 28 January 2020 17:18 (yesterday) link

"Second of all,"

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 03:00 (twelve hours ago) link

^^^^

makes me nuts

Suggest Banshee (Hadrian VIII), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 04:51 (ten hours ago) link

'aesthetic' used used to suggest one specific aesthetic

I wanna publish memes and rage against machimes (rip van wanko), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 04:59 (ten hours ago) link


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