My Most Disliked Words and Phrases

  There are some words and phrases that make me wanna chew on tinfoil and shave my head with a rusty cheese-grater.

Many of us have played Business BS bingo, which is composed of insipid (insipid, now that's a great word!) phrases that make most meetings unbearable–– filled with made-up jargon that makes a speaker seem like they're half-way intelligent. Then there are the malapropisms, mispronounced words, and oxymorons/redundant phrases that are used by people who should know better. Any of course the lingo used by teenagers (and 'tweens'--now there's one I hate) that gets adopted into the way adults talk and is just plain sad. Dress your age, speak your age.

Here are some of my most unfavorite ones. Please feel to add your own. I know I'm missing quite a few, but I've coveniently managed to forget them.

1. Bleeding-edge. "Cutting" is close enough to the edge for me. if you'd like to keep going, well then, be my guest.

2, At the end of the day. It means nothing, other than at some point around 5 or 6pm, everyone gets to go home.

3. Hottie. Ugh. That's all I have to say.

4. Quite frankly. The new "Um" but it seems more meaningful, with still being filler while you think of something that actually does have some meaning.

5. Musings. You can blog, write, try to think of new ideas to write or blog about, but please don't muse.

6. Touch base. Or any sports-related metaphor business-speak for that matter. It essentially means that the person will bother you sometime later to see if you've done what you said you'd do, and then tell you to do something else.

7. Supposebly. Oh for the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the word is "supposedly", and in the same vein is "nucular."

8. On the same page. I don't want to be on the same page as you are. I want my own page--full-size full-color, glossy stock with little stars and perforations and a scent-strip on it. I understand what you're saying, just get me off your page.

9. Bromance. Just say some guy is your friend and you hang out together. if you want to add on that you have a bit of a crush on him, by all means, offer that information up too. But don't callit a bromance. And similarly, there's no need to combine celebrities' names when they start a relationship, ala "Brangelina" or "Bennifer".

10.Try-sexual. Yeah, yeah. So you're sexually ambiguous and promiscuous at the moment. We don't need a word for it. The older more offensive words to describe that situation, perfectly good words. Try those instead. 

11. Starbuckian (or variations on that theme) Heard mostly in advertising and marketing meetings. A product should never be made into a adjective. 

12. Yummy (Yummo) You are not 5-years-old or the host of a cooking show. (well maybe you are, maybe you're both) but still, please avoid at all costs.

13. Teabaggers. It has a particularly kinky sexual meaning, if only they knew.

14. Dellionaire. Frequently used around Austin and other Dell hives. So they worked at Dell as a secretary ages ago and now they've bought a third home on the coast of France. Then got lucky. No catchy label is needed for them.

15. I'm not feelin' it. An ad-speak term that the client will use when being presented with a campaign or concept that he or she doesn't like. Constructive criticism would take too much effort plus he or she feels like playing God and rejecting everything just for kicks.

16. What's-his-face.  You know his name, use it. Don't put him down becuase you'd like to pretend you've forgotten. Or if you have forgotten, pay more attention next time.

Sorry to sound like a curmudgeon (another good word), but we need to make these words and phrases obsolete. 

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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Those are all good ones that, now that I think about it, bothers the crap out me too.

"know what I mean"....I want to punch someone win I hear this one...

fun hub... ;)

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qwark 5 years ago

G'mornin' Taylor:

Thanks for becoming a follower (friend.)

I always read a hub by a new friend and respond.

I think you forgot one stupid response I can't stand: "...know what I mean?" arggghhh!

This hub is "short and sweet" and fun. :)


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

lol I read "chew on tin foil and CRINGED" lol.. haha.. But I'm going to read.. I have to say I don't have many peeves about phases, in fact some of my friends and I like to make up words.. um, you make me think I need a word for the feeling of chewing tin foil lol! ok off to read! :) lol

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Ok, I am still shuttering at the thought of chewing tin foil, especially since it happened to me the other day! LOL I wanted a bite off a candy bar I was buying before paying (of course lol) and I CRINGED, at my favorite candy bar! I was with my friend, and I said, please tell me this is NOT tin foil, and I stuck my tongue out.. he said "sorry but yeah" LOL!! So much for the candy! lol. Anyway, "At the end of the day, kind of equals "the last place I looked" doesn't it? I seriously have not heard of the others. (well yummie, but, hey the candy bar wasn't yummie after the tin foil incident) lol.

@Qwark: When I first moved to the south, "ya know what I mean" didn't exist anymore, it was "ya foller me?" Um.. needless to say I wanted to say "I'm in the back seat do I have a choice?" LOL. Then we were talking about computers.

A house has "Winders" and a computer has "Windows!" So, if they can say one right, why aren't those glass things we look out of call "windows" too? Apparently in the south there's a difference, ya foller me? LOL! Strange how things get picked up!

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qwark 5 years ago

Hi Taylor:

"oysters will spoil if ya boil 'em in oil."

My friend from Brooklyn says:

"ersters'l sperl if ya berl'm in erl.

Ya gota listen close...:)


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

Loved your hub, but I seriously can not remember whats-his-face's name, even though his smile was hella yummy. The rest of your hub I'm right on board with.... is it cool to say "right on board"?

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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

Dellionaire, guess I haven't heard of this one, since I don't live in Austin:) Thanks for sharing!

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What Is Q 5 years ago from Tennessee

I don't like those sayings, either. I also don't like it when someone says they have the 'exact same' thing or whatever. For instance, "He drives the exact same car as me." It obviously isn't the exact same car, unless they stole your car, right? But I'm glad we're on the exact same page here.

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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX Author

When someone says "5pm in the evening" I cock my head to the side like a dog does: "Whuh?" and hear a little still, small voice that sounds like Scooby-Doo. Call me crazy....

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Great hub....I had not even heard all of them.....I agree with know what I mean....bugs me....voted up

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

LOL@Q We'll foller you, UM and put the winders down if someone has your car at the end of the day! lol..

Taylorwise: These are funny! Once I was going to make a Vlog and did a practice run and the person who was doing the camera work, I asked them to count how many times I said "um" so I could STOP IT, and it was 17 times in 5 minutes! LOL. Um, so I guess I um'd too much and made sure I didn't post the "um's" but at least I stayed on the same page, at the end of the day, cos, I never closed the winders! lol! hehe.. I'm just razzin' ya! :) hope you didn't cringe as much as I did over the tin foil! :)

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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX Author

Um is my downfall, and sometimes I, um, sound like, um quite frankly, y'know, an interviewer 's worst nightmare, um, like, y'know, um. Right?

So sad! I a... a college education... um, I swear. ;)

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

LOL um, I went to college too, but I think I left all my brains in my books! So, they are um, squished between the same pages! ha, uh, er.. um, yeah maybe it didn't foller me, so I do believe ya! If you had of heard me making the vlog you would of been cringing like crazy! I SWEAR I COULDN'T STOP with the um's and then I'd crack up, but I did finally get it done it's in my lucky 13 or One in a million hub. Oh, what's even more better lolhehe.. is I took journalism! haha. :) My professor would have been thinking SHE failed at teaching! hahaaa.. I always had an argument on everything! You know, even though I never got to be a news reporter haha (now that would of been more than funny!) ;)

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Timetothink 5 years ago from Ballarat, Victoria Australia

Funny and oh so true... One of mine is AROUND THE CORNER. How, exactly is that possible?

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Oh, that's a totally good one!

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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX Author

I need to compile a list of my favorite phrases, i hate being so i thought to myself this morning is "snotrag" which is gross i know, but my cedar allergies are driving me bonkers and i have a "snotrag" aka kleenex stuffed in each bathrobe pocket. Anyway, the term snotrag makes me laugh!

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

I think we'd get along great if we lived by each other. My Allergies are driving me bonkers too! Not only does my $175. (than goodness for insurance, cos yes that's the real original price) bottle of Allegra D not work any better than the sudafed, nor as long! But I have snotrag hell all over! I'm forever finding them between sofa cushions, under things, in things on the floor?? In my truck! Ugh, it's like my nose is a snotrag magnet!

I did have a good play on words with "it's not" once, because when I'm trying to type out something really fast it comes out (no pun there intended but a good one if it was) as "it'snot" so I had a running joke with that person (who got married and flew off to who knows where) but I got so used to typing "it 'snot" that it was hard to STOP DOING IT lol! I'm still working on a couple hubs, and RH wants me to make a movie list/reviews, so I'm starting that one today. A list of sayings peeved or not is great, cos there are SO MANY that just don't make any since, I would hate to be someone trying to learn English, if you think about it, there's just two, to, toooo many ways of spelling so many words! I can see how other languages get mixed up! (Snotrag reminds me of Snotface from Drop Dead Fred) LOL! I'll have to add that to my movie list!

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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX Author

One year i kept saying snotrag so much that my fried pointed out that it is gartons backwards....why> I do not know....;)

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Maybe your friend is obsessed with palindromes. That's why I call my dog god. lol

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Wow, great hub. One of my pet hates (!) is "at the end of the day", and "Know what I mean" (Pronounced "Nowah Amin" in London... I think he may be a Muslim, or a West Indian who thinks he's a Muslim.

But the one that really gets my goat (or would, if I had one) is:

"I think you'll find". Anybody who says that should be garroted. it most probably is against the law, but, it would be fun to watch.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

I never heard garroted before! Can ya enlighten me on that one. Sounds vicious, I might need it in the future! *smirk*

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

You're a pretty sharp cookie Cookie. My first read of your work and you had me laughing. Crank it up! I kije it.

The Frog

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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.



a. A method of execution formerly practiced in Spain, in which a tightened iron collar is used to strangle or break the neck of a condemned person.

b. The iron collar used for such an execution.


a. Strangulation, especially in order to rob.

b. A cord or wire used for strangling.

1. To execute by garrote.

2. To strangle in order to rob.

All sounds like good fun, don't you think?

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Taylorwise 5 years ago from Austin, TX Author

to strangle in order to, my!

Before, I thought it was to strangle with something like a chain with two wooden ends attached ...well now I know......

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

Um... oooh.. I like learning new stuff! This could come in handy if Jack the Ripper ever comes back!! I'll not fall for none of his tricks!! I'll remember to carry my strangling devices, although I probably wouldn't rob anybody, cos taking things off a dead body just sounds gross. And mean.

Great new word for my colorful vocabulary Twilight! Thanks bunches! :D

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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Taylor - don't forget the phrase, when you have an important idea or skill to add, they say that you are 'bringing it to the table.' I hate that one. You've mentioned some great horrible phrases. "At the end of the day" is my favorite hated phrase. I hate it so much that I called my blog that. Which makes no sense.....

Taylorwise 5 years ago

Oh good one. Reminds me of "hi I'm Britnee and I'll be taking care of you" as said by a waitperson. "Oh, you'll be taking care of me? Can I get a foot massage? How 'bout a hug? Will you do my taxes because I'm really confused about what I can deduct as a freelancer....."

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America

That is a good one.. taking care of me.. IT COULD HAVE many meanings as in "watch yer back" uh huh... but taking care of me.. yeah, I will remember that next time I'm paying for any work done! Like when the dentist says that, I'll say "great no bill, thanks" after it's done of course I mean, I'm not really ready for false chops at this juncture in my life.

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