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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 8:31 a.m. PST

Not necessarily grammatically incorrect. Just annoying.
And you do NOT have to justify it. Annoying you is sufficient.

"All time favorite…" Movie, book, TV show, no matter. The phrase just grates on me. It sounds too …fannish to me.

"Most underrated…" General, quarterback, supporting actress, bass player. Whatever.
What do you mean? "Very good, but does not get the appreciation he/she deserves"?
I take it differently. To me, they are under-rated because they are not really that good. They are rated exactly where they belong.

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 8:37 a.m. PST

"Lessons will be learned" – oh no they won't, it'll just be shoved under the carpet until it happens again.

"just have to " – as in, I'm not going to do anything about it, even though I know the situation's wrong, so shut up and put up with it.

"At this moment in time" – what are you, paid by the word?

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 Feb 2012 8:44 a.m. PST

Shouldn't this post title include the word "should"? evil grin

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 8:49 a.m. PST

"Talk to the hand"
"My bad"

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 8:56 a.m. PST

"Practically speaking", and "to be quite honest",
"It is what it is"..

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 9:00 a.m. PST

paradigm shift and think outside the box

Please God, take those phrases away!

rdjktjrfdj Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 9:18 a.m. PST

eye candy

Jay Arnold Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 9:18 a.m. PST

"Just sayin' …"

As in "This is a dumb way to do task X and anyone who likes it is an idiot. Just sayin' …"

It appears to be an updated "With all due respect …"

Jay Arnold Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 9:20 a.m. PST

Shouldn't this post title include the word "should"?

Sounds British.

Just sayin'.

jpattern222 Feb 2012 9:28 a.m. PST

"Having said that" or, even worse, "That having been said."

SpaceCudet Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 9:41 a.m. PST

"very" as in "it's in the very top drawer".

Is that the drawer above the ordinary top drawer?

coryfromMissoula22 Feb 2012 9:59 a.m. PST

"For your convenience" because it never is.

jtkimmel22 Feb 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

"Let's do this"

Thankfully I don't hear real people saying this much anymore, just extremely annoying commercials.

kyoteblue Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 10:36 a.m. PST

The War on_______ fill in the blank.

Jay Arnold Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 11:14 a.m. PST

The War on_______ fill in the blank.

Agreed. The War on _______ when _______ is an unavoidable aspect of the human condition is stupid.

War on Sadness.

War on Tailgating.

War on Digital Clocks.


dmclellan Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 11:15 a.m. PST

Awesome choices.

Just awesome.

Awesome, dude.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 11:22 a.m. PST

"With all due respect…" means the exact opposite.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 12:29 p.m. PST

"I agree with the OFM" grin

Roderick Robertson Fezian22 Feb 2012 12:36 p.m. PST

"_____ of the Year/Century/Millenium", especially when it's only January or XX05.

Jovian1 Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 12:43 p.m. PST

"Awesome sauce" Really, is there such a thing, and does it go on EVERYTHING? I think not, so it must not be that awesome.

"Duude!" Most of us aren't stoners, are not "dudes" in any sense of the word, and it adds nothing to a conversation, even if you ARE attempting a Bill and Ted impersonation.

"I'm trying to think. . ." So that is what that smell is! I hear this all the time when I ask a question.

Me: Hey could you tell me where you keep the food trough wipers?
Clerk: I'm trying to think. . .
Me: I could tell, the smell is really irritating. Now, if you could just point me in the right direction I will leave you to continue to attempt to get your brain started.

Streitax Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 12:44 p.m. PST

"The Mother of all __________", doesn't pop up as often as it use to, but it's quality over quantity.

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 1:53 p.m. PST

"With all due respect…" means the exact opposite.

You have NO idea how many times that has calmed people who have wanted to kill me and my firstborn for work decisions.

evil grin Jeez, folks, to listen to you all, every word in the English language is a cliche; while I don't know the exact plot, from the trailers, it looks like to deal with a lot of you it would have to be gesticulating wildly and not speaking at all….


Jana Wang Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 2:29 p.m. PST

"Basically.." No, it's not basic or you wouldn't have to preface your explanation with this word.

korsun0 Supporting Member of TMP22 Feb 2012 3:40 p.m. PST

Yes! "basically" grates, as does, "I mean" and the use of "I'm, like <fill in the space> and he/shes like" and so on…..

Tacitus22 Feb 2012 3:58 p.m. PST

I stay way from books reviewed as "compelling" or "tour de force" Okay, the last one's French, but our whole language is borrowed. Can we give that one back?

streetline Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 4:03 p.m. PST

Going Forward.

And literally. One of my colleagues "literally" exploded with rage the day. It was less messy than you think.

Stephens123 Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 5:53 p.m. PST

Unadultrated for something that is adultrated. Example: "I wouldn't eat that rotten unadultrated beef on that hamburger".

StarfuryXL522 Feb 2012 8:45 p.m. PST


StarfuryXL522 Feb 2012 8:48 p.m. PST

"A joy to paint" grates on me for some reason. Maybe due to hearing it too much.

Mapleleaf Inactive Member22 Feb 2012 9:26 p.m. PST

I could list quite a few but will restrict myself

world class
new and revolutionary
win win
lucid enlightening and thrilling – recent book review book itself was c---
and my favourite
New bestseller

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2012 3:20 a.m. PST


I don't like "like" used as a comma in speach. You know like when you like haven't like really thought through like what you like want to like say.

But it pales into insignificance when replaced with the multisyllable abomination of a comma :

You know actually when you actually haven't actually really thought through actually what you actually want to actually say.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2012 3:22 a.m. PST

But, actually, keep this list goiing guys because actually it'll be really actually useful when I'm actually a bit actually bored and I actually want to actually annoy someone by actually using the words that actually annoy them actually.

alien BLOODY HELL surfer Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 4:31 a.m. PST

I believe, in the ENGLISH language it is favouUrite – notice the U.

I would like to retire all phrases where ex colonies have corrupted our lanuage :-)

20th Maine – regards 'like' – that one drives me mad, and due to the amount of American kids shows we have had on TV here over the last 5 years or more it's crept into our language. I refuse to talk to people who use it as you mention. It does mean the missus and kids don't talk to me much, but I can live with it ;-)

Jay Arnold Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 7:46 a.m. PST

I would like to retire all phrases where ex colonies [sic] have corrupted our lanuage [sic] :-)

Oh, don't worry. You guys are doing fine all on your own.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2012 8:31 a.m. PST


as in 'emerging issues'

'emerging technologies'


Jay Arnold Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 8:37 a.m. PST


Doug em4miniatures Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 9:50 a.m. PST

"Absolutely" instead of "yes" – presumably because "yes" is just not affirmative enough….


Lentulus Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 10:50 a.m. PST

"Retire" as a euphemism for delete.


Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP23 Feb 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

This the bottom line; then the person keeps talking.

ChicChocMtdRifles Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 12:18 p.m. PST

It isn't a phrase, but cut out all the customer service people that want to talk 'buddy-buddy' to help us feel comfortable on the phone.

Doug em4miniatures Inactive Member23 Feb 2012 1:01 p.m. PST

I would like to retire all phrases where ex colonies [sic] have corrupted our lanuage [sic] :-)

Oh, don't worry. You guys are doing fine all on your own.

Oh dear Scott – he got you there and no mistake…grin


Arteis Inactive Member24 Feb 2012 2:50 a.m. PST

I believe, in the ENGLISH language it is favouUrite notice the U.

No, it isn't. It's favoUrite. Just one U, not two.

kustenjaeger24 Feb 2012 5:48 a.m. PST


Lest we get too hung up on spellings I should point out that the insertion of the 'u' in British English e.g. in 'colour' seems in some cases to have been a relatively late standardisation in the 17th-18th century (and to some extent aping French origins of words) so one can make a case for the US spelling being the more or at least as traditional. Webster is credited with standardising the -or form in the US in the early 19th century. I've certainly read 18th century English documents where the 'u' is not present.



Sane Max Inactive Member24 Feb 2012 5:58 a.m. PST

'_gate' gets me.

We need a serious scandal over the installation of gates, so we can have Gategate. Or a scandal over attempts to cover up the fact that Richard Nixon resigned – Watergategate.


GypsyComet26 Feb 2012 3:51 a.m. PST

Any phrase that sounds like a Chuck Norris joke.

Farstar Inactive Member26 Feb 2012 7:53 p.m. PST

Got us some adverb haters here. Really.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2012 10:28 a.m. PST

And, I'm like, "Duhhh!"

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