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15 Dec 2016 5:02 p.m. PST
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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 7:35 a.m. PST

I hate the smugness of "I see what you did there."
It implies that the user is in on something that everybody else is too stupid to notice.

Some may be annoyed by "He threw his coach under the bus", but I think it's very expressive. I like it, even though I am nominating it for "most annoying".

For the benefit of the TMPedants, and you know who you are, it means whatever you want it to mean. This is a TMP poll. We are not choosing who has the keys to the nuclear arsenal.
Consider it a rant and a poll simultaneously.
Proceed. No rules. If a phrase annoys you, then it annoys you.

Rich Bliss26 May 2016 7:39 a.m. PST

"Goodbye Felicia."

Who in the <bleep> is Felicia and where is she going?

wminsing Inactive Member26 May 2016 7:41 a.m. PST

'I'm just saying….' rankles me the most. It nearly always marks the end of a poorly thought out diatribe that is long on emotion and short on logic and reasoning.


Mute Bystander Inactive Member26 May 2016 7:51 a.m. PST

wminsing, Like this poll? wink

Okay, in the spirit intended, "Geospatial-Intelligence," (as in National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency,) what the hell is a geospatial and why are you subtracting intelligence from it?

"I see what you did there" to me implies the same thing as Grue's catch phrase, "Light Bulb!"

thorr666 Inactive Member26 May 2016 7:51 a.m. PST

"I'm not racist, but…." beat that one.

PJ ONeill26 May 2016 7:51 a.m. PST

"Whatever" ends the conversation for me.

Dynaman878926 May 2016 7:53 a.m. PST

hodor – which I've read is now short for "Hold the Door".

OMG – OMG I hate OMG!

My kids are teenagers, can I list everything they say (well, not without getting bleeped or dawghawsed I cant)

wrgmr126 May 2016 7:57 a.m. PST

It's not a catch phrase but, "like" and "ya know" several times in one verbal sentence really bothers me.

55th Division26 May 2016 7:59 a.m. PST

"Amicalement Armand"

only joking I have a lot of respect for the guy but he does post a lot so its like a catchphrase

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member26 May 2016 8:01 a.m. PST

Don't have my lexicon with me,but I thought "Hodor" was Greek for "the way".
I thought GRRM was giving us a clue about the character's future function,but then I only read the first two books.

Or maybe I'm just over-thinking things again…

platypus01au26 May 2016 8:03 a.m. PST

In Australia lots of younger people say "It's all good" for "OK". Can get a bit annoying.


Captain Gamma Inactive Member26 May 2016 8:17 a.m. PST

Ok so very popular in current news reports are the following phrases which wind me up no end:

"Whitehall Mandarins" No! No! No!
"Boots on the ground" Yawn!
"The Westminster village" What?
"Mission creep" Just shut up!
"Need to get round the table" No we don't! What table?

And I fully agree with how annoying "Just saying" and "I'm not a racist but……" are. In fact "Just saying" probably tops all of mine.

Also when news stories report on "OUTRAGE at this" "FURY at that" " So and so STUNNED by whatever" and don't get me started on ….."LEFT REELING" All usually in reference to something very trivial like: " Game of Thrones fans OUTRAGED as TV series deviates from books!!!!!" etc etc.

wminsing Inactive Member26 May 2016 8:25 a.m. PST

Hahaha, yes the 'People OUTRAGED!!!!!' articles always turn out to be 'by people we actually mean this one guy, on Reddit. But he's REALLY angry!'


RavenscraftCybernetics Inactive Member26 May 2016 8:29 a.m. PST

Nome Sayin?
Saul Good, Man
It is what it is.

Martin Rapier26 May 2016 8:33 a.m. PST

'Talk to'. Bleeped text is wrong with 'talking about' something.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 8:34 a.m. PST

"Drink the Kool-Aid" always bothers me. Do people not realize that the Jonestown massacre was an enormous tragedy, and that drinking the Kool-Aid was an undeniably *bad* thing?

dampfpanzerwagon Fezian26 May 2016 8:36 a.m. PST

Yes – no.


jowady26 May 2016 8:39 a.m. PST

Put me down for "boots on the ground". It's an easy way for people to avoid that they're putting soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines in harm's way. They're human beings, NOT boots.

I also go along with "Bye Felicia", I have no idea where it came from or what it means.

I also hate it when every announcer on ESPN (this is a US one) shouts out "Winner winner chicken dinner!" Give it a rest, I think that every ESPN "personality" is required to use it.

Another is "I don't mean to sound (blank) BUT…" You can fill in the blank but if you don't mean to sound that way then don't say it.

Another for me is "politically correct". I don't say racist or sexist or profane or the like words because my parents raised me to be polite and respectful, and because I don't believe those things. Then I'm alleged to simply be "politically correct" which is an attempt to say that I'm really racist or sexist or profane, I just won't admit it. Wrong and way over used.

Oberlindes Sol LIC26 May 2016 8:41 a.m. PST

I thought the point of "drink the Kool-Aid" was that the proposed drinker was joining a lot of people who were doing something really bad to themselves.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 8:43 a.m. PST

"Hive mind" creeps me out. Er, it bugs me. Uh, makes my skin crawl.

I tire of "At the end of the day …" because of its ubiquity.

And an old peeve: "I was struck by …" If only.

Nuff said

Mic drop

JSchutt26 May 2016 8:48 a.m. PST

An anonymous source revealed….

boggler26 May 2016 8:55 a.m. PST


Garand26 May 2016 8:57 a.m. PST

My 10yo daughter uses the phrase "Don't judge me!" whenever I am critical about a decision she makes… :)


CeruLucifus26 May 2016 9:01 a.m. PST

Over-use of "literally".

It's only needed when a statement has a possible metaphoric interpretation, as in "Joe was literally hit by a ton of bricks today" to convey Joe was hurt versus Joe underwent a life-changing realization.

Lately though "literally" is also used to convey immediacy (instead of "just now" or "presently"), precision (instead of "exactly" or "precisely"), and solemnity (instead of "actually" or "really" or "truly" or "I'm not joking").

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 9:11 a.m. PST

I've seen the phrase "pardon my political incorrectness," or variants thereof, used when a bigoted comment is pointed out to be a bigoted comment. A sort of retroactive "I don't mean to be a <type of bigot>, but…"

ubercommando Inactive Member26 May 2016 9:11 a.m. PST

"So I was like…" you mean, "I said"

"He's so money" dreamt up by marketing people, no doubt.

"adulting" ADULT IS NOT A VERB!

…and in gaming circles…

"wall to wall tanks". You mean you can see more than 2 on a table.

"codex" It's only a codex if it's for 40K or Warhammer.

"fast play, easy to learn". They'll be neither.

"I'm done with complicated rules". You mean you like easy wins.

FLGS. Acronyms are only cool at NASA or the Pentagon.

"A set of rules for the conduct of gentlemanly games played with miniature armies"…oh just get on with it!

bsrlee26 May 2016 9:26 a.m. PST

'Oh-Em-Gee' when spoken, or 'OMG' when written.

As for 'Codex' it just means book, yeah they could just say that. Also hate those who try to copyright the English language (looking at you GW & McDonalds).

Frederick the not so great Inactive Member26 May 2016 9:35 a.m. PST

Mute, having worked at NGA I can answer your query – there is no intelligence at NGA!

tberry7403 Inactive Member26 May 2016 9:39 a.m. PST

"This is a TMP Poll."

The Beast Rampant26 May 2016 9:45 a.m. PST

"Drink the Kool-Aid" always bothers me. Do people not realize that the Jonestown massacre was an enormous tragedy, and that drinking the Kool-Aid was an undeniably *bad* thing?

It bothers me because it's factually incorrect. It was "Flavor-Aid".


53Punisher Inactive Member26 May 2016 9:47 a.m. PST

Just watch a couple episodes of Cops or Jail and you'll pretty much hear them all. Here's some: "…that my babymomma" (or "babydaddy"), "Honestly, officer, I wouldn't lie to you" and "I only drank two beers." The one that really gets me though is, "Wuch you talkin' 'bout, Willis?" 😁

nazrat26 May 2016 9:50 a.m. PST

I especially hate when those on TV news say a political candidate is "doubling down" on something. It's used a LOT and it's always about something moronic that should be refuted but isn't.

David Manley26 May 2016 10:30 a.m. PST

Going forward

At this time

Game changer

Kimono moment

Captain Gamma Inactive Member26 May 2016 11:31 a.m. PST

Oh and "It happened on their watch." When they blame a public official for something. That really irritates me.

Grignotage26 May 2016 11:41 a.m. PST

Sports analogies, generally.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP26 May 2016 11:45 a.m. PST

Not a phrase, but two words used by political reporters:

1. Resonating, or any version of that word.
2. Presumptive

Russ Dunaway

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP26 May 2016 12:00 p.m. PST

And what about the idiot use of the word "Slam" (usually in headlines) used to mean anything from minor disagreement to an outraged response to a false or insulting statement by anyone else?


lugal hdan26 May 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

I'm pretty tired of the use of "Bespoke" in any but tailoring contexts.

I'm still secretly amused by "Can't even" though.

skipper John Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 12:15 p.m. PST

How about the current annoying catchphrase… "broke the rules." Instead of "broke the law."

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP26 May 2016 12:39 p.m. PST

Mine is, "We are not choosing who has the keys to the nuclear arsenal."


FLGS. Acronyms are only cool at NASA or the Pentagon.

You have obviously not worked elsewhere in the government or scientific community.

I thought the point of "drink the Kool-Aid" was that the proposed drinker was joining a lot of people who were doing something really bad to themselves.

Agree. I've always seen it also carry an undertone of the futility of doing anything else, a kind of powerless acceptance that you're doing pretty much because it is the thing to do, regardless of the future catastrophe.

21eRegt26 May 2016 1:04 p.m. PST

"Will you borrow me a…"

"That said, I …."

"It is what it is…"

Texas Jack26 May 2016 1:48 p.m. PST

"Let´s do this" I absolutely hate, and then there are things on the internet "going viral". The latter I especially hate when I see it being used by a so-called news source.

I kind of miss "where´s the beef?" though. grin

Norman D Landings Inactive Member26 May 2016 2:18 p.m. PST


As in; "signage". They're…. they're signs. They're just signs. Not need more word!

"Seatage". Example: "If you use 'age' as a contrived and unnecessary suffix one more time I will break some seatage across your head."

Norman D Landings Inactive Member26 May 2016 3:04 p.m. PST

Also: "in harm's way".

It's BATTLE. If you're sending them into BATTLE, bloody well say so.
It's not like you're sending them off swimming on a beach with a tricky undertow.

Mute Bystander Inactive Member26 May 2016 3:16 p.m. PST

Fredrick! Another survivor! Or were you a logic using rebel too?

Moonraker Miniatures Inactive Member26 May 2016 3:42 p.m. PST

End of
Back in the day
Long story short

Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 3:52 p.m. PST

I'm a curmudgeon, so saying "no problem" instead of "thank you."

Jeigheff Inactive Member26 May 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

"No problem!" as a response to "Thank you." I can stomach it, but my sister-in-law is sick of that phrase.

"Like buttuh."

"It's all good."

And yes, "AWESOME!" is still in use.

In response to Norman D Landings, my wife once laughingly used the word pettage instead of petting: "Wispy the cat is ready for some serious pettage!" But she didn't like reading that if young cats were provoked, they would "agress."

Jeigheff Inactive Member26 May 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

Extrabio, we posted at the same time!


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2016 4:34 p.m. PST

Don't you miss Radical, or Gnarly!? Bodacious, tubular, all out of favor now.

But yes, let's smother in the crib "mansplaining". Safe spaces, trigger warning have already taken hold but should go.

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