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Phrases that like really bug us all, basically
The Telegraph ^ | 5/29/2007 | Johanna Leggatt

Posted on 05/29/2007 2:17:17 AM PDT by bruinbirdman

Readers have responded in their thousands to The Daily Telegraph's call to select the worst phrases in the English language.

Since our invitation was issued in February, more than 3,000 of you have submitted personal inventories of the damned, containing the phrases, aphorisms and clichés that irritate the most.

High on the list of grievances was the increasing use of slang, poor grammar and the incorporation of Americanisms into everyday speech.

Many of you shared frustrations over the misuse of "forensic" and "literally", while management jargon such as "downsizing", "brainstorming" and "thinking outside the box" also received plenty of nominations.

The Daily Telegraph has responded with its own compilation of annoying phrases, and She Literally Exploded: The Daily Telegraph Infuriating Phrasebook is now available on Amazon.

Here is a selection of your comments so far:

"It's not rocket science". Rocketry is engineering, not a science. - Tony

The phrase "up close and personal" was irritating to start with and has become hackneyed and meaningless e.g. I went on a river trip and was thrilled to get up close and personal with a crocodile - Margot Lang

I can't stand "to die for". Nothing's that good and even if it was, you'd be dead and wouldn't be able to enjoy whatever it was. - Vivsy

"Pushing the envelope" always conjures up for me some ridiculous scene in a mailing room or post office. - Nigel Brown

Why, when someone famous dies, do tributes always "pour" in? Also, when a plane crashes in the sea, the media is quick to remind us that the waters are always "shark-infested". - S.Winrad

Only £1,999.99. - P.H.Heilbron

"This door is alarmed". Is it really frightened? - Alan Lawrence

The infuriating rising inflections at the end of sentences that make everything sound like a question? - Steve Grant

I hate being addressed as "hallo there". My name is not "there". And why have all the cookery books and frying pans disappeared? What is a "cook" book and a "fry" pan? - Susan Byers

When the waitress plonks the plate in front of you and says, "there you go". Where do I go? Where's there? - Ken Clarke

"It will be in the last place you look". Well of course I'm not going to continue to look for it when I have found it. - Tom Batt


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"That's so gay."
1 posted on 05/29/2007 2:17:20 AM PDT by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman

I’ve got to go clean the yard.
There is a small tree I will chop down, and then chop up.


2 posted on 05/29/2007 2:26:20 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum)
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To: Diogenesis
"partnering", "texting"

yi9tbos

3 posted on 05/29/2007 2:31:19 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

I’ve been driving on the parkway, now I am going to park in the driveway.


4 posted on 05/29/2007 2:32:58 AM PDT by Aeronaut (Hebrews 13:4)
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To: bruinbirdman
This sort of thing is a stock slow news day filler item. I’m sorry, but not a particularly good example, either. I like certain Briticisms like, “Stop whinging.”
5 posted on 05/29/2007 2:37:31 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Deadcheck the embeds first.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Same difference.


6 posted on 05/29/2007 2:39:09 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: bruinbirdman

I cannot stand “winningest”


7 posted on 05/29/2007 2:41:16 AM PDT by Wil H (In 1492 "Scientifc Concensus" was that the World was flat)
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To: bruinbirdman

bump for later read


8 posted on 05/29/2007 2:44:19 AM PDT by albee (The best thing you can do for the poor is.....not be one of them. - Eric Hoffer)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
"This sort of thing is a stock slow news day filler item."

Early morning, slow post day filler.

yitbos

9 posted on 05/29/2007 2:46:46 AM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds." -- Ayn Rand)
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To: bruinbirdman

OK, I’ll stop whinging.


10 posted on 05/29/2007 2:48:02 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Deadcheck the embeds first.)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Thusly”


11 posted on 05/29/2007 2:49:22 AM PDT by Syberyenta
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To: bruinbirdman

“multitasking” which apparently means (at least at my job) banging your own head against the wall while your boss simultaneously kicks you in your ass.


12 posted on 05/29/2007 2:49:42 AM PDT by Yankee
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To: bruinbirdman

I never understood “your personal” whatever from nose hair trimmers to pan pizza. I suppose it’s meant to appeal to people who grew up in orpanages and had to share every worldly possession with the other kids.


13 posted on 05/29/2007 2:52:21 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: Thrownatbirth

“at the end of the day”


14 posted on 05/29/2007 2:54:29 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: bruinbirdman

No, that’s a good one.


16 posted on 05/29/2007 3:02:33 AM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: BubbaJunebug

“At the end of the day”

That one annoys me, but it’s a pretty descriptive aphorism.

Here are some that annoy mean because the original meaning is (mostly) lost: Mixed bag, cakewalk, decimated.


17 posted on 05/29/2007 3:06:08 AM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: bruinbirdman

“I could care less” when they really mean “I couldn’t care less.”


18 posted on 05/29/2007 3:07:23 AM PDT by GATOR NAVY (Every day gives us another example of what a disaster it was to lose Congress to the 'rats)
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To: arbooz

I think we’ve, at least partially, like the word ‘liberal’ managed to turn ‘multicultural’ into a bad word. Even ‘diversity’ is coming to be recognized as a synonym for ‘bullshite.’


19 posted on 05/29/2007 3:08:11 AM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: GATOR NAVY

sleeping in.


20 posted on 05/29/2007 3:08:40 AM PDT by ichabod1 ("Liberals read Karl Marx. Conservatives UNDERSTAND Karl Marx." Ronald Reagan)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Bipartisanship”


21 posted on 05/29/2007 3:12:23 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax , you earn it , you keep it!)
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To: bruinbirdman

“The fact of the matter...”


22 posted on 05/29/2007 3:12:24 AM PDT by dakine
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To: bruinbirdman

“At this point in time.”

Means the EXACT SAME THING as “At this time” yet takes longer to say.

For some reason, it’s impossible for any sort of official to give a press conference without saying “at this point in time.” I don’t get it.

“For all intensive purposes” isn’t annoying, just funny that people mishear “for all intents and purposes” so badly.


23 posted on 05/29/2007 3:13:14 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: bruinbirdman
"High on the list of grievances was the increasing use of slang, poor grammar and the incorporation of Americanisms into everyday speech."

"Americanisms" are better for communication than snobbish baby talk (rhyming nonsense and language lacking needed words).
24 posted on 05/29/2007 3:14:36 AM PDT by familyop
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To: bruinbirdman
The infuriating rising inflections at the end of sentences that make everything sound like a question? - Steve Grant

Oh ... MY ... GOD ... that is like ... sooooo annoying! I hate thawt.

When the waitress plonks the plate in front of you and says, "there you go". Where do I go? Where's there? - Ken Clarke

I hate it when the restaurant wait person stops at the table to ask, "Are ya still working on that?" For heaven's sake, it's not a term paper. My fellow diners and I are not cows chewing the cud. Just ask, "Would you like me to remove any of these plates?", or something similar.

25 posted on 05/29/2007 3:15:25 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: bruinbirdman

Two words that irritate me:

1. Awesome...some people apparently know no other word to express their feelings of being overwhelmed by something.

2. More importantly...should be “more important”. Importantly is apparently used to make one feel more important.


26 posted on 05/29/2007 3:16:24 AM PDT by Maria S
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To: bruinbirdman
BS Bingo
27 posted on 05/29/2007 3:18:26 AM PDT by don-o (“I don`t expect Politicians to solve anyones problems...The world owes us nothing” Bob Dylan)
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To: bruinbirdman

Someone ACTUALLY typed all that stuff in. They ACTUALLY collected all these silly phrases.


28 posted on 05/29/2007 3:21:43 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I always heare that “pre-registration” starts soon. How does that differ from good ole registration? Now that I’ve mentioned it, can annoy everyone else.


29 posted on 05/29/2007 3:21:43 AM PDT by Freedom4US
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To: bruinbirdman

Don’t go there.


30 posted on 05/29/2007 3:22:02 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: gitmo
That's a
world class
statement you just made.
31 posted on 05/29/2007 3:23:22 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Maria S
importantly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48: 

  Importantly \Im*por"tant*ly\, adv.
     In an important manner.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0:

  importantly
       adv 1: in an important way or to an important degree; "more
              importantly, Weber held that the manifold meaning
              attached to the event by the social scientist could
              alter his definition of the concrete event itself"
              [syn: significantly]
       2: in an important way; "for centuries jellies have figured
          importantly among English desserts, particularly upon
          festive occasion"


32 posted on 05/29/2007 3:23:27 AM PDT by familyop
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To: bruinbirdman

“pandemic”


33 posted on 05/29/2007 3:23:35 AM PDT by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it full of something for you)
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To: don-o

Thank you for that great laugh. I’m still trying to imagine someone standing up and shouting “____” in a meeting, then getting to explain him/herself.


34 posted on 05/29/2007 3:25:53 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: Strategerist

““At this point in time.”

Means the EXACT SAME THING as “At this time” yet takes longer to say.”

.........and, can be expressed in one word...

‘NOW’


35 posted on 05/29/2007 3:26:10 AM PDT by JB in Whitefish
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To: bruinbirdman
Phrases that like really bug us all, basically

"We're a nation of immigrants."

36 posted on 05/29/2007 3:26:37 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (FReepmail me to join the FR Idaho Ping List.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I hate it when some PC thug is said to “Speak truth to power...”


37 posted on 05/29/2007 3:27:22 AM PDT by gridlock (How often must environmentalism have negative consequences before we stop calling them unintended?)
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To: familyop

When I was a youngster, and doing dictionary exercises, we were never allowed to define a word by using the root of the word, or any form of the word in the definition. For example, we could not use “important” to define “importantly.”


38 posted on 05/29/2007 3:27:25 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GretchenM

“No guts, no glory.”


39 posted on 05/29/2007 3:27:38 AM PDT by don-o (“I don`t expect Politicians to solve anyones problems...The world owes us nothing” Bob Dylan)
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To: bruinbirdman

Using “less” when one means “fewer”.

“There were less people at the party then we expected.”

“Less” is a description for volume, nor a description for discrete units.


40 posted on 05/29/2007 3:27:42 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: bruinbirdman

When I say, “Thank you, and told, “That’s okay.” That is a pet peeve.

“That’s okay” is never an appropriate or correct response to “Thank you.” The correct response is, “You’re welcome.” Or, “You’re very welcome,” or “quite welcome,” or, “It’s my pleasure.”

But not, “That’s okay.” Unless you want to sound like a 15-year-old.


41 posted on 05/29/2007 3:28:31 AM PDT by Silly (http://www.terrorbonds.com)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Look Outside Of The Box”


42 posted on 05/29/2007 3:29:05 AM PDT by Daffynition (A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.)
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To: bruinbirdman

Using the pronoun “I” where “me” is appropriate.

“He sent an email to Joe and I”. It should read “... to Joe and me.”


43 posted on 05/29/2007 3:29:13 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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44 posted on 05/29/2007 3:29:44 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: gitmo
Confusing the words, between and among. (They are not synonyms)

I could go on and on with this.

How about spelling / usage? (Your / you're)

45 posted on 05/29/2007 3:30:41 AM PDT by don-o (“I don`t expect Politicians to solve anyones problems...The world owes us nothing” Bob Dylan)
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To: bruinbirdman

“Something bigger than yourself”


46 posted on 05/29/2007 3:31:04 AM PDT by Iowamerican
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To: don-o

Including that Bingo game in a movie sequence could be very funny if it were done so the audience understood what was happening and the right character was playing the game / standing up and shouting.


47 posted on 05/29/2007 3:32:06 AM PDT by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus)
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To: GATOR NAVY

“I could care less” when they really mean “I couldn’t care less.”

~~~~~~~~

Not to mention, “supposablee” for supposedly

and....”irregardless” a joint mangling of irrespective and regardless


49 posted on 05/29/2007 3:32:53 AM PDT by JB in Whitefish
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To: GretchenM

Paradigm shift.


50 posted on 05/29/2007 3:33:43 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (Vaclav Klaus: "A whip of political correctness strangles their voice")
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