I like the positive message, but "It's all good," really bugs me for some reason! On the other hand (another catch phrase...) I don't hate, "C'est la vie..." Anyone else?
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Yes! "I couldn't care less" is the proper form. The folks that say "...could..." instead are demonstrating both carelessness and a failure to understand word meanings.
This type of sentence is always tricky to explain to students studying the English language.
I totally agree! I've been saying that for years and thought I was alone on that. My husband drives me nuts with it and also says "You better be lucky I..." ugh! You mean "you're lucky I...?" His phrases are wrong all the time. Good grief...
I actually use both "I could care less" and "I couldn't care less" -- For me the first is more sarcastic, as in "I could care less (but I don't)" -emphasizing the 'could' to imply the negative. Hadn't thought about that before! Good comment.
Yes! That's the one I hate most, I should add it to my Hub.
I just knew someone was going to mention this one, but I have to agree. This is so overused that it's just plain irritating.
Yes, what exactly does that mean? Nothing to me. I hear it in business meetings a lot.
@ Patty--as far as I can tell (and I've been guilty of using it myself now & then), it means, "go with the flow;" "don't worry about it;" "there's nothing that can be done about it, so deal with it and move on."
Ug, I agree. It is what it is. At the end of the day. So to say. It's all good.
I had never thought of the phrase "keep in mind" that is interesting and I can see it now that you mention it. Thank you for bringing that to my attention
Yes, a real pet peeve it is.
Oh yes, "keep in mind" --that's a good one. Similar maybe to "as you know," -- Oh dear, I think I will have to go reread some of my writings and see which of these phrases have slipped into my writing!
Sometimes people have said that to me and it was a good thing..they pointed out to me a fact or point that I may have overlooked. If the words are used repeatedly in an article or in every article the writer publishes, then I agree with what you say.
I'm with you--just be environmentally a good person. You don't have to be "green" or, worse yet, worry about your "carbon footprint". You have to worry about the planet and other people's need to use it, too, not and in the future.
Funny! At our nearest store they sell blue cloth grocery bags printed with the message "This bag is green."
Thanks for letting me know about this one. I used it too. I should link to you in my Hub.
I agree with this one. "Let me be clear" leaves no room for conversation, but then again, the President must sometimes be unpopular in order to get something done. Hopefully something good.
I have only heard him say it when it seemed that the audience or media inquisitor was dismissing President Obama's comments or making contrary gestures or misinterpreting what he was saying and he was giving them a verbal cue to pay attention.
I'm not crazy about goofy abbreviations, either, but, in this day of character-delimited forums such as Twitter, I understand THERE the need to shorten & use as few characters as possible: " 2 B able 2 fit all U need 2 say? K? Thx." ;-)
Somehow proverbs are less irritating (to me)-- "A stitch in time.." is like "Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar.." One of my foreign adult students was very upset at being called "Ma-am" --she thought she was being addressed as "Man" !!
I forgot to add this one--when people are calling someone else and they say "Hi, it's me". ("me" providing no additional information about the caller.)
Ahh, I have cousins in New England, and the "wicked" thing has stayed with me. I like it! It seems to be one of those words that can be positive or negative (like "dude" in California) depending on how you say it.
How about "Call me!" while wiggling hand near ear with thumb and pinky out. Hm, that one might be 'old school.'.
Yeah I recently discovered this one. I kept seeing it everywhere and had no idea what it was and then I heard it in a song and was like "REALLY???" LOL I'd rather hear or see "you only live once" than YOLO. It just sounds/looks silly to me.
In the past year or two I have been hearing people say "LOL!" (not as l.o.l, but as a word rhyming with "doll" --have you been hearing this? ndaffinee, what do you think?
Haha, I used "We're not in Kansas anymore" in the Hub I wrote.
Hahahaha I love that one.
Yes! Or when someone says, "It's nothing personal, but..." Of course it's personal.
I have noticed that when a sentence is started or ending in "no offense" the sentence surrounding it is usually pretty offensive.. Or, is that just me who noticed that?
Haha. When I'm writing in my cat Twitch's voice, he says that pretty often. And it's always right before he says something very offensive.
Hahahaha! It happens every time.
LOL. I have an issue with repeating what someone says when I think its hilarious. I'm always saying "she said..." or "he said..." and repeating what someone literally just said LOL. I don't know why but I can't seem to stop either
I think Djaak is referring to the gag where saying "that's what she said!" can turn anything into a sexual innuendo.
You're talking about two different things.
Cool! I will go read it now. Link to this question page if you want-- we may get more good hate/love catch phrases. (Hm, now I'm wondering about the word "Cool" -- but I think I must keep it: also it is understood in so many countries...)