Words that Drive You Crazy

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  1. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    I'm curious to know what words, spoken or written, drive you crazy.  Keep it clean please.

    One of mine is "whatnot" - That word, if you can call it a word, makes my skin crawl.

    1. marcel285 profile image64
      marcel285posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lol I don't like 'whatnot' either. I hate the word, 'hence'.

      1. EmpressFelicity profile image72
        EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Don't have a problem with "hence" but I don't like it when people use tautologies such as "from whence he came", which literally translated means "from from where he came" because "whence" actually means "from where".

      2. Richieb799 profile image78
        Richieb799posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        ok marcel, from henceforth I will not use the word hence tongue

    2. drej2522 profile image85
      drej2522posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      how about word pronunciations? Ahhh! Now,  I realize there are multiple ways to say something (especially in the English language) but sometimes it just irks me!

      it's not E-conomics. It's ehh-conomics. Where the heck did the long e sound come from?

      or how about the word harassment? Now how in the world would anyone think it's harris-ment?

    3. jgw899 profile image53
      jgw899posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When people mumble "wool" when they meant to say "well". When they say that I reply with, "Cotton?"

    4. Hokey profile image60
      Hokeyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      God

    5. Three-Legged Dog profile image68
      Three-Legged Dogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Moist.  It just gives me the heebie-jeebies.  Ick.

      I hate seeing "would of" or "could of" in writing, when it's supposed to be "would have" or "could have." 

      And StormRyder, I'm with you on the c u next Tuesday word.  Vile.

  2. skyfire profile image71
    skyfireposted 8 years ago

    i hate "dear friends"hmm .... reason is that i get more than 100 spam comments/replies starting with "dear friend or dear friends or peace be upon you etc etc".. Grr...

  3. thooghun profile image81
    thooghunposted 8 years ago

    "I mean like, TOTALLY"

    "I was, like, jogging..."

    ugh.

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      "totally" is right up there with "ummmm" when people are being interviewed!

    2. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When I hear someone public speaker and they use the word "totally," I want to scream - how about "ummmm" - sometimes I try and count how many times a person uses ummm in a 30 second interview on the television.

      1. Rayalternately profile image59
        Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        er... ummmm big_smile

  4. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    Dear Friends, OMG! I like totally have ummmm no probs with any words or whatnot, there like hella not important innit! Hence dis post big_smile tongue

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hahahaha - that was great!

      1. kirstenblog profile image78
        kirstenblogposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        My abilities to be comically annoying are phenomenal you know! lol tongue

        1. Rayalternately profile image59
          Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          and i was like so woteva, init! big_smile

  5. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    Phenomenal is starting to bug me too – it is overused.

  6. LaVieja profile image59
    LaViejaposted 8 years ago

    I can't stand "you know?" at the end of everything. We went shopping, you know? and the lady there was so sweet, you know? NO I BLOODY DON'T KNOW!! Sorry - word rage there!!

    1. nadiaazhar profile image80
      nadiaazharposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL.......yeah that sounds silly!!

    2. TheGlassSpider profile image71
      TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      LOL...I'm with you...and I love the phrase "WORD RAGE"!! I love it!

  7. nadiaazhar profile image80
    nadiaazharposted 8 years ago

    I hate the word 'pardon me' specially said by not so polite people:)

  8. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    How about "and so on" - what is that about?

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      worse than that, are people that actually say etcetera!

  9. DogSiDaed profile image54
    DogSiDaedposted 8 years ago

    Serendipity.

    The reason being it was voted Britain's favourite word.

    Now I live in Britain, and I'm pretty sure 99% of the population have never heard of it.

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Lucky I came across this post, I only came here looking for peanuts, and now I've learned a new word. smile

  10. ohox profile image57
    ohoxposted 8 years ago

    maybe

    this word show uncertainty

  11. trish1048 profile image72
    trish1048posted 8 years ago

    No offense, but I am baffled by the use of 'eh' at the end of every sentence used by Canadians.  What the heck does it mean, if anything?  To me, it's like our use of 'ummm' interjected into our speech.

    1. timorous profile image82
      timorousposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I think it's a sort of insecurity, like we're not sure if the other person is really listening, so we have to make sure, periodically wink

      But seriously.  It's just a popular exaggeration, really.  No, all Canadians don't speak that way.  I find it more common from people in small towns than large cities.

      1. profile image0
        JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        It's more like checking if someone agrees with you I think or looking for agreement. That was a good game, eh?

        Every sentence? That would be funny. If it was true.

  12. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    Also, "you guys" even when speaking to a mixed-gendered group of people

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      any use of the word, "guy" not relating to a persons name or a piece of camping equipment is fundamentally wrong.

  13. Ohma profile image74
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    "I am sorry But...."
    when I here this I automatically gear up for an argument.

  14. rebekahELLE profile image87
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    'fer' instead of 'for'  I was lookin fer.

    'goin' instead of 'going' I'm goin to the store.

    when people drop the end of the word.

    hellooo?....... yikes:

  15. samboiam profile image58
    samboiamposted 8 years ago

    I hate it when some says etc. etc. etc.

  16. Jane@CM profile image58
    Jane@CMposted 8 years ago

    Living with teenagers I hear new words daily that drive me crazy. Dude is a word that is starting to annoy me, The sarcastic "wow Mom" just pisses me off lol

    1. alexandriaruthk profile image76
      alexandriaruthkposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      hehehe, agree

    2. profile image0
      JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      When my oldest said to her dad "Chill dude," that was classic. I thought my next oldest was going to be my new oldest. ;-)

  17. profile image0
    Pani Midnyte Odinposted 8 years ago

    I hate how everything anyone does is going to be "epic" and then it completely sucks. "Epic" is a word that is overused a lot lol

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with that one - the new one now is "trending" - yuck

  18. EmpressFelicity profile image72
    EmpressFelicityposted 8 years ago

    One expression that really bugs me is when someone says "That's a big ask" in response to a request of some kind.  Since when has "ask" been a noun?

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Since it was embraced by morons, apparently. smile

  19. Richieb799 profile image78
    Richieb799posted 8 years ago

    the big emo craze where these kids discovered the latin word 'per ce' or 'persay' and keep using it in the wrong context, plus it just sounds annoying

  20. profile image0
    Justine76posted 8 years ago

    any-whoo

    1. EmpressFelicity profile image72
      EmpressFelicityposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Love your new avatar.  Grow it yourself? lol lol

  21. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    how about "around five-ish"

  22. tantrum profile image60
    tantrumposted 8 years ago

    I hate when someone says 'n'it ?' ,instead of 'isn't it ?'

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I don't even know if i can spell this one "usetacould" or "ida" for I would have.

      1. tantrum profile image60
        tantrumposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        lol

        As my Language is not English, I don't understand why people don't like the word 'Hence' or 'maybe'
        LOL

  23. World Marketing profile image36
    World Marketingposted 8 years ago

    you know what i am saying

  24. Haunty profile image81
    Hauntyposted 8 years ago

    I don't know why some ppl get annoyed by such minutiae of life as words so easily. Btw, who hates minutiae? And btw? And who dislikes words that don't exist such as carriedawayness?

  25. FranyaBlue profile image82
    FranyaBlueposted 8 years ago

    People in Britain like to say 'excuse me' in the most annoying tones, usually used when approaching someone who just jumped the cue or something like that. But generally I hate the word 'Cluster' it just has a way of making me picture the most horrid things.

  26. TheGlassSpider profile image71
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    I've also been hearing people say things like "OMG that's so EPIC." No, it wasn't, or else we'd still be watching it, or listening to it, or something. Or, "Oh man, that was so BEAST!" No, it wasn't, or we'd be dead.

    I cannot STAND the "Internet" language. My little brother writes things like "pwned" and then tries to actually say them. Grrr. What IS that!?? A typo that became okay!

    1. profile image0
      Justine76posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lol

  27. Betty Reid profile image61
    Betty Reidposted 8 years ago

    I have a friend who says "anyrate", instead of "at any rate" or "anyway".  "Irregardless" always annoys me too, and "actually" if it's used too often.

  28. Black Lilly profile image60
    Black Lillyposted 8 years ago

    Good old "cheers mate" sometimes drives me mad. Don't know why though...

  29. marinealways24 profile image60
    marinealways24posted 8 years ago

    Absolute. lol

  30. DaniellaWood profile image85
    DaniellaWoodposted 8 years ago

    Any words from the sematic field of 'chav lingo'!
    e.g. "Well" and "Innit"...

    Chav: "It was WELL cool, innit!"
    Me in my poshest British accent: "I am awfully sorry but I am unable to understand you. Did you mean to say that you found the event most splendid?" tongue

    1. profile image0
      Iðunnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I kind of like 'innit', but then I don't hear it much.  I saw it in some movie and tried it and I like the way it rolls off the tongue, but I never think to use it.

  31. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    I dislike 'biz-speak'.  Terms like "going forward", "at the end of the day", "growing your business" etc.

    Also (and I apologize to anyone who's lost loved ones due to some awful circumstance),  the use of the word 'closure'.  It was a term coined by the media, but seems to have caught on in spite of that fact.

    1. Disturbia profile image61
      Disturbiaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Speaking of biz-speak, we are doing a lot of  "reaching out" at my firm these days.   My assistant doesn't call someone for me anymore, she doesn't ask anyone either... instead she now reaches out to them.

    2. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Close of Play is one of the worst of those, like we're all playing cricket or something, while we're supposed to be at work.

  32. profile image0
    Justine76posted 8 years ago

    Im sorry

  33. profile image0
    Lecieposted 8 years ago

    death, taxes- the two sure things are the ones i hate the most.

  34. Merlin Fraser profile image76
    Merlin Fraserposted 8 years ago

    News reporters who use the word Decimate when they mean Devastate.

    Oh just in case you're wondering why it's wrong;

    To Decimate means literally to kill one out of every ten people in a group. Not the best word to use when a community has been Devastated by an earthquake, or other types of disaster.

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That's my favourite post of the night so far. smile

    2. Georzetta profile image78
      Georzettaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Yes! You are so right. I hear it in the press all the time. These people don't own a dictionary?

  35. Rod Marsden profile image73
    Rod Marsdenposted 8 years ago

    "I know where you are coming from" when delivered by someone who has no idea can drive me crazy or better still from someone who has the completely wrong idea and are passionately your friend though they aren't really because you are not the person they imagine you to be. I also hate it when you have someone keen on defending your rights when they are not really your rights at all they want to defend.

  36. Disturbia profile image61
    Disturbiaposted 8 years ago

    My favorite is WHATEVER.  I'm thinking if my kid uses it one more time combined with the infamouse "eye roll"  I'm going to twist her head right off her neck.

    1. Georzetta profile image78
      Georzettaposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I teach at the middle school level. I know exactly what you mean. One more eye roll and my head will explode.

  37. fastfreta profile image76
    fastfretaposted 8 years ago

    I like this thread, because I am a new writer, and I'm finding some possibly annoying mistakes that I make in my writing. (I won't tell you what they are, smile big_smile wink )  So thank you all for your expressions.

  38. timorous profile image82
    timorousposted 8 years ago

    Here's one that really bugs me mad, although I don't hear it as much lately (fortunately).

    "...and again".  As in: "We can't rely on these media reports, and again, I don't think we need to worry about it".

    People tend to use this as filler when they can't think what to say next.  It curiously implies that they had mentioned it previously, which they did not, in most cases.

    It's as though 'and again' has become the new 'uh'.

  39. blondepoet profile image71
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    I hate being called a 'sheila'.

    http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii149/silentsacrefice/funny/COMEDY.gif

    1. Rod Marsden profile image73
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Nice bit of art. Fun. You must be from Oz. I am too though I don't know what the problem is with sheila. I once knew a woman from India who seemed to object to sheila on cultural/ sexist grounds but she never really explained the problem.

    2. Jewels profile image84
      Jewelsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I love that art, it's one of my favorites.

  40. waynet profile image71
    waynetposted 8 years ago

    Taxi...it drives me beyond crazy!

  41. west40 profile image60
    west40posted 8 years ago

    How about "it is what it is?"

  42. Uninvited Writer profile image81
    Uninvited Writerposted 8 years ago

    It really bothers me when people say libery instead of library.

    1. west40 profile image60
      west40posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      similar to ambalance

    2. timorous profile image82
      timorousposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Or chimley instead of chimney.

      1. H.C Porter profile image79
        H.C Porterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        or President rather than Precedence

  43. aware profile image67
    awareposted 8 years ago

    the word sorry . erks the crud out of me

    1. blondepoet profile image71
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Wow Aware I wasn't aware of that.
      So say you step on someone's toe by mistake what do you say?
      "Bless You" or "Merry Xmas" LMAO.

      1. aware profile image67
        awareposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        did i mean to step on the foot?  when the odd mis step occurs i usually introduce myself   and say nice to meet yah.

  44. mega1 profile image77
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    lol - not a word, but inane and irritating!

    you know?  every fifth word  you know?   


    you know?

    1. blondepoet profile image71
      blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Gulp....I am guilty of that one.

      1. mega1 profile image77
        mega1posted 8 years agoin reply to this

        me too, you know?  but it still bothers me - and when I try not to sa it it gets worse, you know?

        1. blondepoet profile image71
          blondepoetposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Oh darn right it gets worse you know. You know this is something I am trying not to say myself but you know it is not easy.

    2. Rod Marsden profile image73
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      for me mega1 you know? is similar to like a....There are a lot of teens and twenties in the Y generation that whack in like a in every second sentence. When my nieces do it I call them the lika-lika girls.

  45. calpol25 profile image66
    calpol25posted 8 years ago

    I am guilty of that one too and saying another word which is cumbrian slang for embarrassment "its shanfull"

    1. Rod Marsden profile image73
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Shane became a popular first or Christian name in Oz soon after the movie western came out. If a person whose name was Shane was shanful then they would be full of Shane which would make them complete.

  46. profile image0
    JeanMeriamposted 8 years ago

    I didn't see this one, so I'll add it. It seems to be a big Saskatchewan thing to say "borrow me" as in "Can you borrow me a whatever?"

  47. Lisa HW profile image66
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I like to read/hear/use traditional English but add in a few not-so-traditional words only here and there, to lighten things up.  As long as no, one, person over-uses anything I'm fine with most things...

    except, for "no brainer", which makes me want to kill whoever uses it!!   yikes  It seemed to reach it's over-use height and popularity in the eighties, with some people not knowing enough to let it die the death of any over-used, not-so-clever, phrase/word.  It needs to go away forever!!!!

    1. Rayalternately profile image59
      Rayalternatelyposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Just chill and let's facilitate a paradigm shift in forward thinking, it's a no brainer! big_smile

      1. profile image0
        JeanMeriamposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Not until I manifest some abundance.

  48. Rayalternately profile image59
    Rayalternatelyposted 8 years ago

    init and i was like oh my god! big_smile

    (overheard on any mobile phone conversation of a vacuous nature in London)

  49. profile image0
    Jared in Vegasposted 8 years ago

    I hate when someone describes themself as "random." "I like music, going to the movies and I'm totally random." What does that mean?

    1. calpol25 profile image66
      calpol25posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Some one told me i was totally random, I hated it, i wanted to punch them because I felt insulted, but its supposed to be a compliment. feels more like an insult to me lol

      1. profile image0
        Jared in Vegasposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I know, it makes it seem as though you have no self control. If you would have punched them in the face it would be because you're so random and not because they're a stupid idiot.

        1. figment profile image81
          figmentposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          I know... how "random" can a person be?

  50. mega1 profile image77
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    like, totally!  its like, the worst, you know?  like so bad!  like there's no tomorrow! huh.  so, yeah.

    1. calpol25 profile image66
      calpol25posted 8 years agoin reply to this

      lollol Its Like Totally Radical Guys.

    2. Rod Marsden profile image73
      Rod Marsdenposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Like, totally is definitely lika-lika territory. The boys of the Y generation do it as much as the girls but nowadays I do laugh at my nieces when they go into lika-lika mode.

 
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