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My boss just told me "Let's start thinking outside the box". Don't you hate that kind of stupid, bourgouis businessman talk? "It's a new paradigm" is hated by me as well. Talk amongst yourselves!

Elly, Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:07 (fourteen years ago) link

I hate the phrase "don't you hate the phrase". It generally used by banal motherfuckers trying to feel better about they own cacklish.

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ALTERN 8 !!! (noodle vague), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:10 (fourteen years ago) link

don't we already have this thread?

tehresa (tehresa), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:12 (fourteen years ago) link

we've done this before…

"slippery slope…"
"as it were…"
"if you will…"

remy (x Jeremy), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:12 (fourteen years ago) link

Elly OTM. What about these:

"let's touch base"
"I hear what you say"

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Jack L., Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

We've done this, but....

- "Know what I'm sayin'?" -- Tell ya what, if I don't know what you're saying I'LL FUCKING ASK! Until then, let's just assume that I do.

- "Taking things to a whole `nother level" - Why must life now be reduced to a giant game of "Donkey Kong"?

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Reply thusly:
"Anyone who says 'let's think outside the box' is the last person who should be suggesting it. Everyone thinks of 'outside the box' strategies. Being innovative is the new boring. Box mentality is the new alternative. Get with it."

I AM OTM, Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:14 (fourteen years ago) link

WHAT ABOUT "OTHER PEOPLE DON'T SPEEK THE INTELLIGENT ORIGINAL ENGLISH LIKE I DO"?

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ALTERN 8 !!! (noodle vague), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:15 (fourteen years ago) link

- I'm not married to it....

- Just triple-checking (never seems to check or double-check, though)

- Would you mind— and if you do, that's totally fine, just tell me, it's 100% perfect if you don't want to— but, could you possibly...

I AM OTM, Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:17 (fourteen years ago) link

I find most of these phrases very useful. We could replace them by mandatory 'I am an idiot' t-shirts, but until these are introduced, people announcing the fact is very helpful.

Going back to the very first one, my boss's boss is also inclined to talk about 'ticks in boxes'. I have tried to use "putting ticks outside of boxes" as if it represents a highly desirable combination of creativity and getting the job done, but no one is really buying it at the moment, presumably because they know me.

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Sunday, 20 November 2005 00:49 (fourteen years ago) link

do a search and you'll come up with a bunch of other "phrases you hate" threads. i've posted most of mine there.

mimi in st. louis (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:09 (fourteen years ago) link

"as it were…"
"if you will…"

these two always come up in "phrases you hate" discussions. what's wrong with them?

mimi in st. louis (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:10 (fourteen years ago) link

they're wrong-sounding and pretentious-sounding, but they both mean something specific and serve their purpose pretty well.

mimi in st. louis (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:12 (fourteen years ago) link

is this the most popular topic on ilx ever? it's hilarious that we haven't just done this before. we're doing it on another thread, like, now.

Kim (Kim), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:30 (fourteen years ago) link

What's weird is it says "after the sex" comes a golden shower, so do they have sex with all the clothes on or do the womens get fully nude, fully fucked, and then fully dressed before they are fully pissed on? Because I think it would suck to pay to watch people fuck with their clothes on just so I could see them get pissed on at the end.

What a pisser, Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:43 (fourteen years ago) link

you hate the phrase "after the sex"?

tehresa (tehresa), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:45 (fourteen years ago) link

you hate the phrase "after the sex"?

pretty much

What a pisser!, Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:47 (fourteen years ago) link

i take it you're not a cuddler?

tehresa (tehresa), Sunday, 20 November 2005 01:47 (fourteen years ago) link

"let's just cuddle"

rogermexico (rogermexico), Sunday, 20 November 2005 02:07 (fourteen years ago) link

"It's all good" - AAAARRGGH!
"You know how that goes" - either tell me or don't.

This one isn't a phrase but it confuses me:
"Excuse me" being used by people walking in your general direction who aren't going to crash into you & you're really not posing any kind of obstacle to them going on their merry way, which leads me to assume it's an attention-getting device, as in "Hi I'm walking past you now, saw you weren't really noticing me, don't freak out at my proximity to you". Very weird, uniquely American convention that I haven't quite grasped yet.

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 20 November 2005 03:01 (fourteen years ago) link

describing things as "american"

mimi in st. louis (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 20 November 2005 05:43 (fourteen years ago) link

xpost I always assumed that was some sort of leftover excessive politeness from Britain rather than a uniquely American thing.

Abbadabba Berman (Hurting), Sunday, 20 November 2005 05:43 (fourteen years ago) link

I wish life was a giant game of Donkey Kong.

The Yellow Kid, Sunday, 20 November 2005 07:09 (fourteen years ago) link

There's no expression I hate more than "Gotta love it!" or "Gotta love ____!"

Abbadabba Berman (Hurting), Sunday, 20 November 2005 07:25 (fourteen years ago) link

People saying "That's what I'm talking about!!" when in fact they have not been talking about anything, or even if they have.

Chinchilla Volapük (Captain Sleep), Sunday, 20 November 2005 08:20 (fourteen years ago) link

"Whoa, settle down now...hehe" said by guys who think they're being funny, to people who aren't anywhere near being wild and crazy. eff off, boring guy in bad shirt.

rrrobyn (rrrobyn), Sunday, 20 November 2005 08:29 (fourteen years ago) link

it just. doesn't get. any better than THIS.

mimi in st. louis (Jody Beth Rosen), Sunday, 20 November 2005 08:36 (fourteen years ago) link

I hate dorks and dorkettes who can't utter the word NO less than three times at once. That gattling gun, "NO-No-NA-NO!" is frigging stupid, irritating and worthy of a severe BITCH SLAPPING!

BOHICA KAMAREK (BOHICA), Sunday, 20 November 2005 13:08 (fourteen years ago) link

american???

RJG (RJG), Sunday, 20 November 2005 13:22 (fourteen years ago) link

hey IT IS WHAT IT IS so make sure WE'RE ON THE SAME PAGE

harvey d grace, Sunday, 20 November 2005 13:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah, Baby!
Make sure we are all on the same page of music!
Make sure you are on point with this one.
I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you.
Show me the money!
I'll have to check with the manager.

BOHICA KAMAREK (BOHICA), Sunday, 20 November 2005 14:22 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the idea of office conversation being "peppered with banality"

Abbadabba Berman (Hurting), Sunday, 20 November 2005 15:58 (fourteen years ago) link

What we need is a annoying-phrase thread anthologizer.
Let's PUSH THE ENVELOPE on message-board organization.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 20 November 2005 16:13 (fourteen years ago) link

'ARE YOU FEELING ME?' lets hope not.


alba, youre everyones fact checkin' cuz

sunny successor (he hates my guts, we had a fight) (katharine), Sunday, 20 November 2005 16:26 (fourteen years ago) link

Sorry, I was aggressively drunk last night. Still, there's a good reason office conversations are "peppered with banality". It's to stop everybody remembering that they are pissing the precious gift of life away in mundane and pointless company for a mundane and pointless company.

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ALTERN 8 !!! (noodle vague), Sunday, 20 November 2005 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Yes, I don't know what this says about ILE. Actually I do

Repeating the past isn't necessarily bad... especially if there is no past for a newcomer.
Is this a semi-private board of stuffy folks bent on wanking off only in the company of fellow stuffy board members or what?

BOHICA KAMAREK (BOHICA), Sunday, 20 November 2005 17:24 (fourteen years ago) link

The idea is that you use the existing thread, Bohica, rather than multiply unnecessary ones. It's not a "we've done this" thang. Also, the point was that there are too many GRANMA PEDANTS on ILXor.

THIS IS THE SOUND OF ALTERN 8 !!! (noodle vague), Sunday, 20 November 2005 17:30 (fourteen years ago) link

The idea is that you use the existing thread, Bohica, rather than multiply unnecessary ones.

Yes. Precisely! For example, if you were burning to discuss bicameral vs. unicameral legislative bodies, there is already a thread for doing exactly that. Why start any more?

Aimless (Aimless), Sunday, 20 November 2005 18:39 (fourteen years ago) link

this thread is TO DIE FOR!

tres letraj (tehresa), Sunday, 20 November 2005 19:09 (fourteen years ago) link

There should be a special EXELSIOR thread for pasting in posts where people are admonished for not using Search.
Don't forget the amazing boringness of the time spent waiting for the search function to cough up threads. So much easier to start a new one and then wait for ilxors with faster internet connections to cough them up. It's like fishing!

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 20 November 2005 19:51 (fourteen years ago) link

EXCELSIOR. Pardon.

Beth Parker (Beth Parker), Sunday, 20 November 2005 19:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Thread title search, under "Advanced Search", is very quick, if you can guess words or phrases that might be in the title.

The slowness of full-text searches isn't anything to do with your internet connection speed, btw.

Alba (Alba), Sunday, 20 November 2005 21:02 (fourteen years ago) link

1. There are those that propose a board of SHOULD's and SHOULD'VE's? I guess the more rules the better, right?

2. The best thing to do when a string is redundant is to jump right in and announce the fact you have identified it as redundant instead of ignoring it, right?

3. After a three hour recovery period I am perfectly sober again.

4. Boo!


BOHICA KAMAREK (BOHICA), Sunday, 20 November 2005 22:18 (fourteen years ago) link

shut up and post phrases

sunny successor (he hates my guts, we had a fight) (katharine), Sunday, 20 November 2005 22:24 (fourteen years ago) link

"I'm totally hating on her!"


This sends me into fucking orbit for some reason.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Monday, 21 November 2005 03:12 (fourteen years ago) link

I really hate those 'Magick Happens' bumper stickers.

estela (estela), Monday, 21 November 2005 03:25 (fourteen years ago) link

"Here goes nothing"— What does it mean? It's normally said when somebody is about to take a chance and do something risky or bold. In that case, they would be giving it nothing, they'd be giving it something!

"He's burning both ends of the same candle"— I don't know what I hate about it, I just do.

"They're just talking" as a euphemism for two people not in a relationship fooling around up to but not including sex. I actually preferred "being with each other," back when that was the thing to say.

Also, in a previous phrases-you-hate thread I mentioned hating "Can I get..." when asking for something. The only time it should be used is by a Southern Baptist preacher asking for an Amen.

naus (Robert T), Monday, 21 November 2005 07:24 (fourteen years ago) link

then how will Marvin get a witness?

estela (estela), Monday, 21 November 2005 07:28 (fourteen years ago) link

Not sure if this is a similar thing but "I began to believe the voices in my head
were wrong"

Surely "I began to believe THAT the voices in my head were wrong" would remove that ambiguity

kinder, Saturday, 28 May 2016 18:34 (four years ago) link

"tell us how you really feel" after someone tells how they feel about something

#amazing #babies #touching (harbl), Sunday, 5 June 2016 22:49 (four years ago) link

hot take. i loathe and wish to ban the phrase "hot take".

― like $500 billion in stuffed fart sales and I have an idea (contenderizer), Saturday, May 28, 2016 11:59 AM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Is it ever used non-ironically?

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Monday, 6 June 2016 03:56 (four years ago) link

"I'm sorry, but--"

I wonder if this is what spawned "sorry not sorry", which gives me hives.

Stoop Crone (Trayce), Monday, 6 June 2016 04:14 (four years ago) link

I strongly dislike the word 'funky' when used to describe things other than music.

aonghus, Tuesday, 7 June 2016 00:29 (four years ago) link

tbh I get more annoyed when that word is applied to music

μpright mammal (mh), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 01:09 (four years ago) link

I ate a 100 year old duck egg this evening and there was definitely a prominent flavor there that could be appropriately called funky

Al Moon Faced Poon (Moodles), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 04:47 (four years ago) link

When I've tossed a variety of dirty clothes into the hamper to await washing, then after a number of days, the contents of the hamper start to smell funky.

a little too mature to be cute (Aimless), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 04:55 (four years ago) link

hot take. i loathe and wish to ban the phrase "hot take".

― like $500 billion in stuffed fart sales and I have an idea (contenderizer), Saturday, May 28, 2016 12:59 PM (1 week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ways to avoid thinking for $1000. See also 'challops'.

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 05:03 (four years ago) link

lol

μpright mammal (mh), Tuesday, 7 June 2016 18:38 (four years ago) link

"____________ is when..."

normcore strengthening exercises (benbbag), Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:06 (four years ago) link

"If I could just ask you to"

usually used passive aggressively by people in service jobs

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:25 (four years ago) link

don't hate this but also don't understand why i say "buh-bye" when ending a phone call and hear it all the time - where did this come from?

Mordy, Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:49 (four years ago) link

Contraction of bye-bye surely

mario vargis loosa (wins), Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:53 (four years ago) link

"This."

Pentenema Karten, Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:53 (four years ago) link

^ this

Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:55 (four years ago) link

THIS

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, 9 June 2016 15:56 (four years ago) link

eso

socka flocka-jones (man alive), Thursday, 9 June 2016 16:07 (four years ago) link

"This is so Important."

Pentenema Karten, Thursday, 9 June 2016 17:14 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

"womp womp" as onomatopoeia for the sad trombone sound. I see this all over twitter and facebook lately. I don't hear a "p" sound in there at all!

https://wompwompwomp.com/

Womp would be a better word for some kind of bass sound or something.

how's life, Saturday, 27 August 2016 11:53 (four years ago) link

sad bass drop

mark s, Saturday, 27 August 2016 12:10 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

'blame game'

mookieproof, Friday, 11 November 2016 18:41 (three years ago) link

Doubling down

The Doug Walters of Crime (Tom D.), Friday, 11 November 2016 19:24 (three years ago) link

trump train

the notes the loon doesn't play (ulysses), Friday, 11 November 2016 19:25 (three years ago) link

"catching feelings"

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Monday, 21 November 2016 21:23 (three years ago) link

"This."

― Pentenema Karten, Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:53 AM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ this

― Daithi Bowsie (darraghmac), Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:55 AM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

THIS

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Thursday, June 9, 2016 11:56 AM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

it's gotten out of hand imo esp in response to election

marcos, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:26 (three years ago) link

THIS. SO MUCH THIS. *links to john oliver clip*

marcos, Monday, 21 November 2016 21:27 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"healing balm" used to describe music or art

Everything Moves Towards The Sun (Ross), Friday, 16 December 2016 00:05 (three years ago) link

"Trump taps..."

combat wombat (doo dah), Friday, 16 December 2016 01:56 (three years ago) link

"Spitball/ing"

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Friday, 16 December 2016 02:38 (three years ago) link

"forever home" seconded, along with "forever family"
"baby bump" in any magazine, esp. with a large arrow pointer

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 16 December 2016 04:56 (three years ago) link

Woot woot

Iago Galdston, Friday, 16 December 2016 04:57 (three years ago) link

you gotta be a cold mf imo to hate on "forever home" / "forever family"

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 December 2016 16:36 (three years ago) link

I think it's dumb and overly corny

mh 😏, Friday, 16 December 2016 16:41 (three years ago) link

Forever Home is definitely on some rainbow bridge fur baby shit.

how's life, Friday, 16 December 2016 16:46 (three years ago) link

The concept that pets are part of your family and not disposable is not at all novel to me, though. I guess it's meant to appeal to people who are overly sentimental yet also shitbags to animals

mh 😏, Friday, 16 December 2016 16:51 (three years ago) link

it's for use with sheltered or fostered pets who will be destroyed unless someone takes them in

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 December 2016 17:40 (three years ago) link

I know what it's used for, and I approve of finding permanent homes for animals who are in danger of being destroyed. 'Permanent home' or even simply 'home' seem like reasonable words for this.

how's life, Friday, 16 December 2016 17:54 (three years ago) link

that's cool, i think that's a reasonable position to take. alls i said was getting ticked off at a bit of schmaltz that's trying to generate empathy to save animal lives makes you a cold mf.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 16 December 2016 18:13 (three years ago) link

I hate it so much I just put my cat in the trash can

he liked it too much in there and I had to pull him out

mh 😏, Friday, 16 December 2016 19:55 (three years ago) link

"in this space" or "in the (x) space"

e.g., "We're the only company playing in this space right now," or "Next year we're looking to increase our presence in the home and garden space"

birthday party, cheesecake, jelly beans, boom (tipsy mothra), Friday, 16 December 2016 20:59 (three years ago) link

Also "robust," but I see that was called out above

birthday party, cheesecake, jelly beans, boom (tipsy mothra), Friday, 16 December 2016 21:00 (three years ago) link

Pictures/stories of pets finding homes, particularly any animal saved from an abusive and/or life-threatening situation, are heartwarming. Forever just hits as an unnecessary, treacly superlative to a story that's good enough without it.

"libtard" is another, unrelated one that makes me wince - even "liberal" as a pejorative. So much for a respectful debate, sir/madam.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Friday, 16 December 2016 21:12 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

"that can be debunked"

*posts link to video*

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 1 May 2017 21:38 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

"claps back"

laughably lame, also strongly connotes 'ineffectual action of a powerless person performed for a day's worth of facebook likes and then forgotten by larger society'

sleepingbag, Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:05 (three years ago) link

Basically all phrases used by salespeople for software-as-a-service companies and other vendors. "Hey, Phil, when would be a good time to connect and hop on a webex to see how our service might fit into your marketing stack?" Like, we live in a world where people have to talk to other people like this.

Old Lynch's Sex Paragraph (Phil D.), Tuesday, 23 May 2017 23:28 (three years ago) link

"If you have a voice, use it"

it's has all the empty platitude of a politician. when spoken by a famous person this advice boils down to "Other people should say something"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 26 May 2017 13:06 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

"Rare interview with Thom Yorke"

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 12 June 2017 22:32 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

breaking news

(that doesn't mean shit)

montoya (Ross), Saturday, 6 October 2018 19:16 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

Anybody who isn't a gangsta rapper who refers to someone as their "ride or die".

Just call them your friend, you're a 57 year old school teacher

i'd rather zing like a man, than FP like a coward (Neanderthal), Sunday, 18 August 2019 19:42 (one year ago) link


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