Use other phrases please

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Or: Cliched phrases used constantly for no good reason.

Like "Dynamic Duo": Completely meaningless, yet used anytime there's two of something. There are millions of these, kept alive by headline puns and informalised news reports, and they really bug me (probably cuz I'm paranoid I use them without knowing).

So what "spice" language particularly annoys you?

Graham, Sunday, 11 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

been there, done that.

ethan, Sunday, 11 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

At the end of the day, you gotta say our Graham's got his head screwed on.

Will, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

Going forward, let's try and make this a win-win situation.

I'm amazed at the sudden popularity of "going forward" as a phrase.

DV, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (twenty years ago) link

six years pass...

MSM

The stickman from the hilarious "xkcd" comics, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 12:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Is it just me or does Ethan's link lead to a previously unknown Finnish ILX?

Doctor Casino, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 12:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah weird. You know at first I kind laughed at how ILX looks but after spending time here other forums by contrast look foolishly flamboyant and less respectable.

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 13:04 (thirteen years ago) link

Almost like a form of google-proofing. Random stumblers upon probably just think the place is sorta crappy.

RabiesAngentleman, Wednesday, 13 August 2008 13:05 (thirteen years ago) link

three years pass...

when defending the Democratic Party and its leader, "expecting perfection"

Literal Facepalms (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 25 January 2012 22:46 (nine years ago) link

eight months pass...

"Autumnal"

stop saying it. just say it's cold and wet.

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:16 (nine years ago) link

but autumnal is kicking up leaves, cinder toffee, fireworks and cosiness.
cold and wet is just a default description of the outside, regardless of season

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:19 (nine years ago) link

yeah but people always say "autumnal" as if they're ever so clever for saying this ever so clever fancy word that no one else knows, even though it's just "autumn" with "al and you pronounce the "n".

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:20 (nine years ago) link

Don't be hatin' people for enjoying language.

Autumnal the faun (ledge), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:23 (nine years ago) link

xp ha yeah I see what you're getting at now - check out my arcane knowledge that weather is DIFFERENT AT DIFFERENT TIMES OF THE YEAR, and we have these things called SEASONS and, lastly some of those SEASONS even have adjective forms! yeah grr.

hold on, I think I half-pronounce the n in "autumn". Never noticed that before.

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:27 (nine years ago) link

would autumny be better?

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:28 (nine years ago) link

(I find this complaint mad.)

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:29 (nine years ago) link

autumniform

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:32 (nine years ago) link

fallacious

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:32 (nine years ago) link

orangibrune

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:33 (nine years ago) link

shoot me in the face i think i've been infected by stephen fry

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:33 (nine years ago) link

poor ilx user cold and wet manac

DJ Mooncup (NickB), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:34 (nine years ago) link

It's almost always used like this:

"Brrr, it's getting colder out"
"Hmmm, yes it is feeling rather 'autUMnal'"

It's just a boring word and people keep using it all the time as if they're the first to use this ever so big word....

That's all. I think I'm grumpy today.

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:34 (nine years ago) link

i promise you won't hear people using this so much in 3 months time

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:35 (nine years ago) link

could be the year hibernal breaks tho

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:36 (nine years ago) link

poor ilx user cold and wet manac

boom

cake-like Lady Gaga (DJP), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:36 (nine years ago) link

"Wintry"

stop saying it. just say it's cold and wet.

thomasintrouble, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:37 (nine years ago) link

No one ever says the weather is 'springy'. They should do.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:40 (nine years ago) link

just say it's cold and wet

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:40 (nine years ago) link

just stop talking about the fucking weather imo

This Is... The Police (dog latin), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:46 (nine years ago) link

did need a word-irritation thread: subbing an article that uses 'pimped-up' 3 times (w/r/t burgers, pastrami + breakfast muffins) over the course of one article.

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:46 (nine years ago) link

sentence fell apart there but

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:46 (nine years ago) link

"whoremongered-up", "pandered-up",

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:48 (nine years ago) link

"had some bacon stuck on top of itted-up"

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:49 (nine years ago) link

"_____ on acid"

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:49 (nine years ago) link

"blinging"

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:50 (nine years ago) link

"autumnalated"

syntax evasion (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:50 (nine years ago) link

gone with people-traffickered

woof, Thursday, 27 September 2012 13:53 (nine years ago) link

six months pass...

lawyer up
mirandize

mookieproof, Saturday, 20 April 2013 04:54 (eight years ago) link

three years pass...

Dog whistles

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Monday, 13 June 2016 17:52 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

nothing-burger

mookieproof, Monday, 30 October 2017 20:46 (four years ago) link

^^^

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 30 October 2017 21:16 (four years ago) link

is that a phrase though?

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Monday, 30 October 2017 21:17 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

I don’t like the reversed use of “fuck with”

A Pile of Ants (Boring, Maryland), Tuesday, 11 January 2022 23:22 (one week ago) link

"That worked until it didn't", and variations

Alba, Wednesday, 12 January 2022 10:35 (one week ago) link


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