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Oxford compiles list of top ten irritating phrases
telegraph UK ^ | 10/7/2008 | Charlotte Bailey

Posted on 11/07/2008 12:52:42 PM PST by redrunner

Heading the list was the expression 'at the end of the day', which was followed in second place by the phrase 'fairly unique'.

The tautological statement "I personally" made third place – an expression that BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphreys has described as "the linguistic equivalent of having chips with rice."

Also making the top 10 is the grammatically incorrect "shouldn't of", instead of "shouldn't have".

The phrases appear in a book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework.

The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources.

The database alerts them to new words and phrases and can tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.

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The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 - At the end of the day

2 - Fairly unique

3 - I personally

4 - At this moment in time

5 - With all due respect

6 - Absolutely

7 - It's a nightmare

8 - Shouldn't of

9 - 24/7

10 - It's not rocket science

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


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To: Revolting cat!
Lauren Caitlin Upton: "I personally believe... that U.S. Americans are unable to do so... because... "Uh... some people out there in our nation don't have maps... "And... uh... I believe that our education, like such as in South Africa and... uh... the Iraq, everywhere, like, such as... "And I believe that they should... "Our education over here in the U.S. should help the U.S... uh... "Or, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries... "So we will be able to build up our future... for our [children]."
51 posted on 11/07/2008 1:20:31 PM PST by redrunner (Anagram this: Obama-Biden = IM A B-BAD ONE)
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To: mysto

I nominate, “paying for tax cuts”.

A tax cut is not a cost—it’s a benefit for tax payers.


52 posted on 11/07/2008 1:21:46 PM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not die)
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To: eleni121

Put me down for that one too.


53 posted on 11/07/2008 1:22:21 PM PST by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: redrunner

“Change”, “Hope”.


54 posted on 11/07/2008 1:22:59 PM PST by CodeToad
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To: redrunner

But where is the single most annoying.... potentially retarded phrase of all...... “My bad”. Seriously, what the heck does that even mean? Of course it goes quite well along side McD’s “I’m lovin it”.


55 posted on 11/07/2008 1:25:15 PM PST by Sword_of_Gideon
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To: Forgiven_Sinner

HOW about “investing in our cities”...now that’s a trick.


56 posted on 11/07/2008 1:29:16 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: redrunner

“I’d hit it.”

I mean - that is a phrase I hate.

Others:

Speaking truth to power.

Not guilty.

Words have meaning.

(sorry freepers)


57 posted on 11/07/2008 1:29:22 PM PST by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: 21twelve

I despise “work to rule” as much as the commie unionists who say it.


58 posted on 11/07/2008 1:30:45 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: redrunner

“Try and” instead of “try to” do something. Attempting an act is what is meant, not attempting and then doing it.


59 posted on 11/07/2008 1:32:24 PM PST by buridan
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To: eleni121

Okay - that’s a new one to me. What does “work to rule” mean?


60 posted on 11/07/2008 1:32:28 PM PST by 21twelve (Ever Vigilant, Never Fearful)
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To: Hegemony Cricket

You ever been to Utar?


61 posted on 11/07/2008 1:33:58 PM PST by Dysart (Don't forget your change, America)
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To: Dysart
"...the appropriate use of then vs than. It's not that hard."

Harder then what?! ;o)

62 posted on 11/07/2008 1:36:12 PM PST by astyanax (If you need to wear a mask while speaking your mind, it is probably best you remain silent...)
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To: buridan

Okay, I’ll step on our southern brothers toes here (including my wife’s), so I’ll apologize in advance. “Fixin To”.


63 posted on 11/07/2008 1:36:47 PM PST by Sword_of_Gideon
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To: redrunner

“Narrative”

Getting tired of that one. Like everything has to have a ‘narrative’ now?


64 posted on 11/07/2008 1:38:57 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: freedomlover
Whatever.

What about "You have taken me out of context"?

65 posted on 11/07/2008 1:39:52 PM PST by dearolddad
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To: 21twelve

Work to rule...when commie unionists do as little as possible - which is hardly nothing at all to begin with these days..to destroy their employers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work-to-rule


66 posted on 11/07/2008 1:40:57 PM PST by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: astyanax

ohhhh Wise guy, eh?


67 posted on 11/07/2008 1:41:48 PM PST by Dysart (Don't forget your change, America)
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To: redrunner

Darn. I find “with all due respect” to be quite useful in addressing those who are due no respect.


68 posted on 11/07/2008 1:43:37 PM PST by EternalVigilance (Christians hide the light so darkness rules. Christians are no longer salt, so the corruption grows.)
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To: redrunner

I nominate

“full stop”
“totally surrounded”
12 PM or 12 AM
writing or saying someone “pleaded innocent”


69 posted on 11/07/2008 1:50:27 PM PST by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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To: Dysart

Utar? Hmmm. Not that I’m aware of. Where be Utar?


70 posted on 11/07/2008 1:56:38 PM PST by Hegemony Cricket (Who are you going to believe, the trusted MSM polls or your lying eyes? ~ Mr. Lucky)
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To: redrunner
“Honestly” or “to be honest with you” tops my list. Every time I hear it I have to wonder about anything that was said without the admonition.
71 posted on 11/07/2008 1:58:31 PM PST by VRWCtaz (POTUS Obama is the only thing between us and POTUS Biden - I picked the wrong time to quit drinking.)
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To: lastchance

“Full stop” is nautical. Need that one.
“Totally surrounded” LOL! Never thought of that.
And Iron Maiden’s “2 Minutes to 12 AM”
Truly a classic!


72 posted on 11/07/2008 2:01:34 PM PST by astyanax (If you need to wear a mask while speaking your mind, it is probably best you remain silent...)
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To: redrunner

“frankly.” Whenever anyone says that, I know he/she is lying.


73 posted on 11/07/2008 2:03:07 PM PST by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: redrunner

“from the get-go”, “up the wazoo” has really been irritating.


74 posted on 11/07/2008 2:03:09 PM PST by woollyone ("When the tide is low, even a shrimp has its own puddle." - Vance Havner)
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To: redrunner

Yes we can.

Fundamental.


75 posted on 11/07/2008 2:03:34 PM PST by Califreak (Gramsci is laughing)
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To: PzLdr

Comprehensive.


76 posted on 11/07/2008 2:04:29 PM PST by Califreak (Gramsci is laughing)
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To: CaliGirlGodHelpMe
I agree that many of the above phrases, but “you need to” tops the irritant list for me.

I heartily agree with you. I believe the use of "need to" in this manner must have arisen relatively recently. At least, I first noticed it during a brief return to the States in the 1990s. (Living abroad makes one more sensitive to changes in the language.)

I find it irritating because it represents a phony kind of politeness. I'd much rather have someone bark "You must..." or "It is prohibited..." or "I order you..." at me in an authoritative voice than whine "Uh, sir: You NEED TO..." and pretend that it is a request.

Regards,

77 posted on 11/07/2008 2:05:01 PM PST by alexander_busek
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To: Hegemony Cricket

78 posted on 11/07/2008 2:05:30 PM PST by Dysart (Don't forget your change, America)
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To: redrunner

“My friends”......


79 posted on 11/07/2008 2:05:45 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: redrunner

Mine is “went missing”.


80 posted on 11/07/2008 2:05:56 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: redrunner

We can win this thing!


81 posted on 11/07/2008 2:07:36 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: redrunner

“Bottom line” deserves a place on that list.


82 posted on 11/07/2008 2:07:41 PM PST by monocle
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To: redrunner

Landslide McCain!


83 posted on 11/07/2008 2:08:10 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: redrunner

‘No problem’


84 posted on 11/07/2008 2:09:31 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Everytime they open their mouth they shoot themselves in the foot.)
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To: redrunner
What say you?

In fact, a lot of what Bill O’Reilly says used to be fun and novel, but has lost much of its luster over time.

85 posted on 11/07/2008 2:24:57 PM PST by Alas Babylon!
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To: redrunner

I hate hearing “all of a sudden” when “suddenly”
should be used.


86 posted on 11/07/2008 2:26:11 PM PST by StormEye
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To: redrunner

PUMA!!!!


87 posted on 11/07/2008 2:26:36 PM PST by MNDude
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To: redrunner

I’d hit it.


88 posted on 11/07/2008 2:33:19 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: redrunner
Out of the mouths of politicians:

“New tone”

“Bipartisanship”

“Reaching across the isle”

“Compassionate Conservatism”

“Change”

“Hope”

“Paying your fair share”

“ummmm, yeaaahhh, uhhhh, ooohhhh, yes that's right I got it know”

Plenty more but time is fleeting

89 posted on 11/07/2008 2:40:00 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: rollo tomasi

“know”= “now”


90 posted on 11/07/2008 2:41:13 PM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians.)
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To: rollo tomasi

We must work together.


91 posted on 11/07/2008 2:46:03 PM PST by bergmeid
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To: redrunner
"MY BAD"! My 8 year old has latched on to this and I'm weaning her off it. I've heard Adults actually use that phrase!IT'S SOOOOOO PEDESTRIAN!

People who say "UH", when they're pausing to think of what to say next. Hell I was guilty of it when I was younger, but I'd rather hear nothing, than hear "UH".

92 posted on 11/07/2008 2:46:29 PM PST by Pagey (Sarah Palin has Mayoral AND Governors' Experience---B. Hussein Obama has NEITHER!!!!!)
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To: redrunner

ANY use of the word “Fair” or “Fairness” in Politics. John McCain can live the rest of his life knowing the reason he didn’t win the presidency was because he played FAIR!


93 posted on 11/07/2008 2:50:13 PM PST by Pagey (Sarah Palin has Mayoral AND Governors' Experience---B. Hussein Obama has NEITHER!!!!!)
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To: redrunner

"issues"

"genre"

and

"is is"

94 posted on 11/07/2008 2:58:30 PM PST by Labour-Watch (www.labour-watch.com)
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To: redrunner

*I could care less* when the person means that they really could NOT possibly care less than they already do (or don’t)


95 posted on 11/07/2008 3:01:21 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: redrunner

“[fill in the blank] offends me” - used as an excuse to outlaw, or cease doing, something!


96 posted on 11/07/2008 3:15:07 PM PST by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: pharmamom

Words mean things ping.


97 posted on 11/07/2008 3:19:47 PM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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To: redrunner
“irregardless” and “I could care less” drive me to distraction - literally, as I am no longer able to listen to what comes next. I'm too busy mentally switching gears from the beginning of the conversation.
98 posted on 11/07/2008 3:20:02 PM PST by SlidingW (If winning isn't important, why keep score?)
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To: lastchance

“full stop”, when properly used, is a synonym for the “period” character.


99 posted on 11/07/2008 3:23:47 PM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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To: Cementjungle

Went missing: UK English for “disappeared”.


100 posted on 11/07/2008 3:25:06 PM PST by George Smiley (Palin is the real deal.)
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