Saturday, November 8, 2008

Annoying sayings, I knew I had some of them right

I love reading about new words, the history of words and phrases, and slang.  I think I have a propensity for picking up phrases and vocabulary and have several non-standard dictionaries such as: 
The Morris Dictionary of Word and Phrase Origins
NTC's Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial Expressions
The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms
The Little Hiptionary - pretty cool but doesn't have a lot of new info, some new words and office humor

Anyway, I found that a writer  compiled a list of the top ten most overused phrases  using the Oxford Corpus (a massive only word database of more than 2 billion words), compiled in a new book I will buy called "A Damp Squid" and here they are:

The top ten most irritating phrases(see news article here):
1 - At the end of the day  -- I had a boss that used this whenever he couldn't articulate what he really meant to say, or maybe just whenever he thought things were final and needed no more debate.  Either way it got supremely annoying and he had no idea that he used it so much. 
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time  -- I've been know to use this, yikes
5 - With all due respect  -- I never use this, apparently I have no respect
6 - Absolutely  -- Yikes, what's wrong with saying absolutely?
7 - It's a nightmare 
8 - Shouldn't of  -- 
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science

What words do you overuse?


Crazymamaof6 said...

ok here are some of mine. that i say too much.


How you doin'? ah la Joey on friends.

In the eternal scheme of things...

i live in reality. or she doesn't live in reality.

anything including the word budget.

any word plus "tastic" is probably annoying.

of course anything i say isn't annoying it's just funny right?
right! and I always use the correct context. OF COURSE!

good post.

Asquared said...

Goobster - LOL, that was too funny. Yes, "How youuu doin" I guess does get old, it just depends if you are the perpetrator of it or the receiver though. :-)

Tammie said...

I definately overuse the phrase
"Shutup and leave me the hell alone!" way, way too much. And about once a month, I have a week where I overuse "Eat crap and die."

It's endearing. ;-)

Hey Jones family! Alicia, I AM alive! It's ALIVE!!!! Bwahahahaha...


marie said...

I hate the phrase "Turn-key solution". I'd like to tell them to stick the key in their ear!


SuperCoolMom said...

I'm so farctated.
I'd like a gowpen of catsup, please.
Yeah, not really. But I'd like to.