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Commonly Overused Words and Phrases

Updated on September 12, 2014

Cliches Done to Death

Do cliches and worn-out old phrases make you want to hiss? When someone says "Think outside the box," do you feel like stuffing them inside a box? Are you going to scream if you hear some kid say "like, you know" one more time?

This is my growing list of some of the most overused words and phrases that really ought to be retired.

Like

"And he was like, 'Seriously?,' and I'm like, 'Yeah,' and he's like, 'No way,' and I'm like..."

Aaauuuuuuggggghhhhhhh! Make it stop!

For some reason, "like" is more annoying than filler words such as "uh" and "um." Those filler words convey nervousness or low self-confidence. "Like" is, like, vacuous.

You Know

This one is ALMOST as bad as "like." To my dismay, "you know" is a dear friend of "like." They always hang out together.

"It's, like, you know..."

Whatever

The problem with this word isn't just that it's overused. The biggest problem I have with "whatever" is that it expresses contempt. It's dismissive, the verbal equivalent of rolling your eyes. Even if contempt is deserved, saying "whatever" rarely makes the speaker look good.

My Two Cents

This one is a crutch for almost everyone. I've even used it from time to time. This phrase is innocuous enough and doesn't seem to make people throw fits, but it is getting a little worn and tired.

Literally

Ever watch Princess Bride? Remember when Inigo tells Vizzini, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means?" "Literally" is one of those type of words.

"Literally" isn't a word you use for emphasis. It's a word you use when you say something that shouldn't just be interpreted figuratively. For example, if you jumped so high that you bumped your head, you could say, "I literally hit the ceiling."

But if you say that you literally worked your butt off, it doesn't mean you worked really hard. It means you don't have a butt anymore.

Then again, people overuse the word "literally" even if they're technically using it correctly. If you drove your car into a ditch, you can just say so and leave it at that. People probably don't need to hear the word "literally" to understand what you're saying.

Think Outside the Box

OK, time to put this business cliché back in the box now.

This buzzword was used to death by business execs who thought it sounded good. It promotes creative thinking, yet it has been repeated so much that it's become musty, flat, and uninspiring. It also sounds pretentious.

It's Not Rocket Science

Fortunately I don't hear this one much any more, but I remember a time when it came up a lot. Something about it makes me twitch. Can't we say "It's not brain surgery" instead?

F*** Off!

Much as I dislike cussing, I realize that colorful obscenities are a part of just about every language. Everyone has their own form of swearing, even if they say something mild like "darn it" or make up something silly like "fummydoodles."

The problem is that when profanity is overused, it makes many people uncomfortable. It's unprofessional and reflects badly on the speaker. And finally, the words themselves lose their power with overuse.

If four-letter-words are always used for the most mundane things--dropping your keys, criticizing the slow service at a restaurant, complaining when someone forgets to put the juice back in the fridge--are they still powerful enough to express outrage when someone steals your wallet or parks in front of your driveway?

Think of the Children

A stinky political cliché that tries to make you feel guilty if you're opposed to some law that drains your pocketbook or violates your rights in some way. If you're not willing to give up some freedoms (or at least the conveniences you grew up with), you must be in favor of child abuse. How dare you put your own selfish whims ahead of the children!

But Wait!

But wait, there's more! Call now and you'll get this fabulous egg-laying, multi-purpose rubber chicken ABSOLUTELY FREE! Wow!

Awesome

A lot of people say they HATE this one. They're all but screaming and tearing their hair out over it.

According to Dictionary.com, "awesome" is a word that means "inspiring awe." But what does "awe" mean? "An overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like."

There aren't a lot of truly awesome things in the world.

No Problem

I feel sorry for anyone who works in customer service and says "no problem" when anyone thanks them. If the comments at the bottom of this page are any indication, these well-meaning people are going to get mauled by someone who's sick of hearing it.

Say "you're welcome" instead. It's safer!

At the End of the Day

Properly translated, "at the end of the day" means, "I'm about to say something clever and profound!"

Every time a newscaster utters this hackneyed phrase, somebody pukes.

I Could Care Less

If you say this, you're saying that you DO care. Because if you DIDN'T care, it would be impossible to care less than you actually do.

That's why the phrase is correctly said, "I couldn't care less."

My Bad

My favorite definition of "my bad" comes from Urban Dictionary:

"I did something bad, and I recognize that I did something bad, but there is nothing that can be done for it now, and there is technically no reason to apologize for that error, so let's just assume that I won't do it again, get over it, and move on with our lives."

Not only is "my bad" grammatically incorrect, it's a flippant apology.

Seriously? Really?

Mr. Seriously can be found lurking on discussion forums and the comment sections of blogs. First someone says something stupid, offensive, or just plain unpopular. Someone else comes along and says "Seriously?" Then they proceed to snark and spew vitriol.

"I LOVE POKÉMON!!!"

"Pokémon? Seriously? Dude, get a life."

Let's not forget about Mr. Seriously's cousin, Miss Really. Someone gets riled up by a different point of view, paraphrases it to sound as inflammatory as possible, then finally punctuates it with "Really?"

"I support the right to bear arms."

"So you support violence and death and little kids shooting themselves? Really?"

Victoria's Overused Words and Phrases

Just to be fair, here are some words and phrases I catch myself using a lot...

  • Otherwise
  • For example
  • For some reason
  • For the most part
  • I dunno
  • I guess
  • I think
  • In general
  • People
  • Probably
  • Something like that
  • Tend
  • Well

Some words are used heavily because it's HARD find a substitute for perfectly good words that convey the right meaning or tone. Other words are difficult to give up because they're so comfortably ingrained in our habits.

What's a word or phrase that really bugs you?

What's Your Pet Peeve?

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      Tyler_Murphy 9 years ago

      Right now I have two that come to mind: Team Player and My bad.

      I don't care for Team Player because it strikes me as a phrase that I'd guess that the majority of business managers use to try to manipulate employees to work harder thus earning them more money.

      I also find it doesn't work very well because a player on a sports team, especially a professional team wants to win, while most people want to get through their day and go home. I personally desire to look at my paycheck and feel I've earned it, but it's hard to 'kill one's self' if you don't personally feel the effort is worth it.

      'My bad.' I cringe when I hear this one. Actually, in some cases I have a strong desire to strangle when I hear it. Plus, if it's someone I care about who uses it, it just makes me sad. Someone told me the phrase came from criminals in the prisons who average a third grade education.

      Wonderful example.

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      The_WordWright 8 years ago

      The two that make me cringe right now are "back in the day" and "at the end of the day."

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      sagitarian1962 8 years ago

      I am really tired of hearing "when I was your age" from older people who try to instill their own thinking on how things should be done by the younger generation. It's as if they don't believe that the younger crowd has the ability to do something in a different way that could produce the same result, or that we are supposed to have the same moral fiber that they had when they were our age. Times change and they should realize that when dealing with someone younger than they are.

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      cmassey12 8 years ago

      It is what it is.....well duhhh!!!

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      kbuck 8 years ago

      Is everything really that "AMAZING?" I don't think so!

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      ibme999 8 years ago

      Basically. What is so basic about basically? Basicly it's basic. Basicly. I had a teacher that would say Basicly every other word. Yes that often!! And Tyler, I have to agree with you about "my bad". I had a waitress say that to me once. Needless to say I put her in her place about that ghetto talk. I can hardly wait for 2009 newest catch phrase. Bascily.

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      jkitzmann 8 years ago

      Please STOP telling me that everything is AMAZING!!!!!!!! I can't watch t.v., talk on the phone, have night without hearing how AMAZING something so mundane truly is. Talk about exaggeration! Is it really that awesome???? I think not. Don't use the word then.

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      jkitzmann 8 years ago

      [in reply to kbuck] I totally agree. What an overused word!

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      chrisrog 8 years ago

      My two most grating words: 1)IRREGARDLESS-What is this "word". 2) Athleticism? Any body use athletic ability anymore? If there ever was a monkey see monkey do word this is it-sports casters of america, PLEASE STOP!

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      laughatme33 8 years ago

      I am tired of hearing the phrase "Back in My Day"!!! Its the most boring thing when older people talk about the way they HAD LIVED!!!!! Ugh!!! I get tired of it!!!!!!

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      abc4u 8 years ago

      A lot of people think a lot is one word.

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      abc4u 8 years ago

      When someone writes "etc." I feel they just don't know what they are talking about and therefore hope that you can provide it.

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      dva245 8 years ago

      ibme999: Before you classify something as "ghetto talk," learn how to spell basically. NOT "BASICLY." Maybe someone should check you on your illiteracy. Thanks!

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      2chimas 8 years ago

      There are 3 that make me instantly get a mirgraine. And they are,'forreal' ' I know that's right', and finally, It's all good'. these seem to have been picked at like a verse from the bible. people use them when it is not wanted.

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      squidoo9 8 years ago

      my bad makes me cringe like no phrase I have ever heard

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      trackster1 8 years ago

      you bet

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      m4g6 8 years ago

      I am getting tired of "ABSOLUTELY" and also "THAT BEING SAID".

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      1cec9 8 years ago

      I could care less.

      When one uses this, I have blurted out, "Go ahead and care less, if that's what you want to do."

      What they are saying is that the can care less. Instead of saying what they think they mean---

      "I couldn't care less!" (I could care less)

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      axo502 8 years ago

      I'm surprised nobody mentioned it . 'AMAZING ' has to go , people are using it to sound more intelligent ...

      Its like the phrase ' that's funny ' .... people use to often .. hate it hate it hate it ..... blow me..

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      colonel1 8 years ago

      Ace Ventura put the nail in this one..."Alrighty then!" q:o(

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      tinaloonfeather 8 years ago

      Absolutely. There are not that many things out there that are as absolute as the number of times this word is used everywhere. The other one is Awesome. How awesome can everything be?

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      coolvault755 8 years ago

      You are absolutely correct. I have noticed the same thing and have trying to preach to people that they need to say the alternative. However, they do not listen and I constantly hear, "I could care less." Saying you could care less implies that you must care to some degree, but exclaiming you couldn't care less shows no show emotion toward something at all. The whole point of the phrase![in reply to 1cec9]

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      kathleen1 8 years ago

      whatever,not my problem that is getting so out there in my family

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      future2 8 years ago

      Literally? How about ACTUALLY? Think about it.

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      meaganr13 8 years ago

      there are a few word that have jut been overused to no end but i will pick just three

      1. green- news flash i don't care what makes my car go it can be some futuristic crystal eventually all that sheet metal rubber tires oil and whatever else our cars are made of are going in a land fill or junk yard there is no true GREEN when it comes to vehicles

      2. time for change- change can be exciting but not always good. What is the change going to cost us ? Is the new worth losing the old ? there is a good reason old people fear change we should really think about it

      3. abbreviations- there r a lot of lzy ppl that don't want 2 type so they find ways 2 make it shorter plz stop just stop lol jk jk ugh.... ya know?????

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      aj3566 8 years ago

      What about the infamous saying"...At the end of the day" Ugh!! I hear it on almost EVERY talk show on tv and even news broadcasters beat it to death!!! STOP!!! I feel like sayin" At the end of the day...IS the END OF THE DAY !!!! Good grief people! Drives me crazy...

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      aj3566 8 years ago

      What about the infamous saying"...At the end of the day" Ugh!! I hear it on almost EVERY talk show on tv and even news broadcasters beat it to death!!! STOP!!! I feel like sayin" At the end of the day...IS the END OF THE DAY !!!! Good grief people! Drives me crazy...

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      howard45 8 years ago

      I am sick, tired, sick and tired, and just plain dispondant, when the words "after having said that" are uttered ! Please NO MORE !

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      Dekaen 8 years ago

      The word that makes my skin crawl is Awesome.

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      nw18 8 years ago

      I swear teenagers try to shorten every word in the english language!!! in attempt to be cool...

      "OMG he like came over and talked to me! LOL WHF BBQ?!?!?

      This makes me laugh! Just say what you mean and type out your word of choice!

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      future2 8 years ago

      Anything with HYPERBOLE (exaggeration or overstatement),

      DRUG SLANG,

      or MILITARY or WAR SLANG

      are SO overused in popular culture.

      Examples:

      FIRESTORM of ___ (etc) ,

      need my __ FIX,

      BARRAGE of ___ etc. etc.

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      nw18 8 years ago

      *WTF

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      galex1966 8 years ago

      every generation has phrases and words that have been overused. I can be accused of overusing the word awesome, of that I'm certain. But my pet peeve is a phrase that is not only overused it's almost always misspelled: A lot. I've corrected many people on that misspelling. Best responses: flaming anger and "Are you sure that's wrong? I don't believe you ..."

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      say_yes247 8 years ago

      THAT'S WHAT'S UP!!!

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      socal_seaview 8 years ago

      After the Borat Movie "Not so Much" is one I hear every day.

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      Burcham 8 years ago

      He's the First African American President. Enough with the African American already. Why do you have to be so racist.

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      xxmangoxx998 8 years ago

      you can't say these words *inapropriet* for teens preteens they need this type of speech so

      wwwwwwwwwwwwwhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaatttttttttttttttttttteeeeeeeeeeeeevvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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      carpassia 8 years ago

      I will scream if I have to hear someone say DUDE,It sounds stupid and shows absolutley no intelligence on the speakers part.

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      harcharikc 8 years ago

      My Bad or Basically.

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      Hurly64 8 years ago

      I keep hearing the term in economic circles- "Negative Growth".

      And another non-word i keep hearing at the office-"pre-plan".

      You can count me out of those pre-planning meetings. I'll show up and give my input when the actual planning begins.

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      lilbit32 8 years ago

      "...knowwhatI'msayin?" after every sentence. It's a New York thing and no, you are not supposed to reply.

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      ginatbg 8 years ago

      "We were conversating". "Do you want to conversate?" Oh, make it stop. It is not a word!

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      say_yes247 8 years ago

      When I hear the phrase, "I know, right?" i just want to ask the speaker, "How old are you?"

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      Peachy1 8 years ago

      Grammar and misspelled words are annoying. "I could of gone to the bank today." And anything like it. The proper way to say that is: "I could've/could have gone to the bank today."

      A phrase that bothers me is when people say, "Angry much?" And anything like that which has much on the end of it, I don't where that came from but it's annoying.

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      ShaneT 8 years ago

      "That's gay" is by far the most overused phrased in this world.

      Research anything that has the possibility of being criticized negatively (music, tv shows, sports, websites, anything) and no doubt you will find a comment along the lines of "that/this/your gay".

      I'm so sick of it.

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      vanessa1 8 years ago

      "No problem" as a substitute for your welcome. I hear it from service workers. Work often involves solving a problem. Hospitality demands that the employee acts hospitable. Gracious even. No problem is a graceless response to thanks.

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      robin64 8 years ago

      "My bad" I deplore this phrase. It irritates me more than any other overused word or phrased.

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      pcclwtc 8 years ago

      When I was at college being trained for my career which was almost 30 years ago. I was also taking some elective classes in english comp. and public speaking. I have great contempt for "so called" educated individuals that the way they talk and try to convey what they are wanting to make a point with beating around the bush is almost as bad as teenagers and college age adults with the words "for example" Don't use that phrase JUST say it. With the phrase "I think" You do not have to say that JUST say what you want to say. I cannot without going into a long monologue about "like" I do care JUST say what he or she said. Now with the last one "You Know" I have so many people that talk to me I just say No I don't know so it makes them think before they speak. Maybe if more people would think before they speak the world would be a better place to live. I hope this gives people a chance to convey what point everyone has.

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      cezzane_rose 8 years ago

      When someone says, "Let me ask you a question"....My thought is...just ask it! Why must you tell me you're going to ask me a question?

      Also, the word "DOG", or shall I say "DAWG" really needs to be retired. It's getting Old.

      "My bad" is another word that really makes me cringe too!

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      MRF_ggins 8 years ago

      u forgot uhh, uhhh, uhhhh......Oh i almost forgot UHHHHHH!

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      biteme13 8 years ago

      here is a phase I bet a few of you have heard and it applies to you-----SHUT UP STUPID!

      Oh and by the way, the phrase "you dis me!" what the hell is that? did somebody displace you? what?

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      melodee49 8 years ago

      "Whatever" is the word that gets me. Shows the speakers lack of intelligence and vocabulary. Whether coming from a smart mouth kid or a college educated person, it irks me all the same. Another word that is overused, and I am a big abuser, is "just". Just a minute. Just a teaspoon. Just a small case of chickenpox. I proofread my own writings "just" to check for that word.

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      chinita71 8 years ago

      You may be sick of these, too:

      1.Beginning your sentences with "actually";

      2.Saying "like, for example";

      3.Always mistakenly saying "cope up" when you mean "cope with";

      4."Stand up". Can you stand "down"?

      5."Rise up", which is just the same as Item #4. Is there such a thing as "rising down"?

      6.Referring to a clogged drain as "stuck up", haha;

      7.Peppering one's sentences with "really";

      Let me know if you also know of some pungent, so-over-it phrases. Maybe we can get a kick out of them as well.

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      DHFabian 8 years ago

      Screwed up tense.

      Example: "Wanting to", instead of simply "want to". Example: "They are wanting to

      show us...," "They are wanting to explain...."

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      hilokatiekat 8 years ago

      Get out of town! That's like shootin' fish in a barrel. Little person. I told you so. Personally... In my humble opinion. Your mom. (It's starting to go away, but I still hear it.)

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      mahagany 8 years ago

      ShaneT, I agree with the phrase "That's Gay." I teach middle school and by the end of the day I could scream if here another student say "that's gay."

      Or "Bru" students use short for "brother." They even address teachers as "bru."

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      MacHag 8 years ago

      "Where you at?" It's not the missing verb that bugs me, it's the use of a preposition at the end of a sentence. It may not be grammatically incorrect, but it sounds awful and I'm sick of hearing it.

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      mckhboc_03 8 years ago

      "Dude" would have to be one of the most overused words. I am not a dude, I am a female. Same thing goes for "man". The on that makes me cringe is "I know, right?" Where did that even come from?? I catch myself saying absolutely all the time and drive myself crazy. I also wonder what happened to please and thank you. Did we forget our manners?

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      Bruce_R 8 years ago

      Two words that commonly get used when the other is intended. Idea and Ideal. They are separate words with equally separate meanings.

      IDEA is a THOUGHT, KNOWLEDGE, BELIEF, or PURPOSE.

      IDEAL means OPTIMUM, PERFECT, or a PRINCIPLE.

      I have heard many people including newscasters and high level politicians use these two words in place of each other. Example of improper usage, "I have an ideal". Keep a close eye on these two words used horribly when watching the news, movies, and politicians, you will be amazed.

      It seems more common that IDEAL is used to describe a thought than the reverse. I have heard both transposed. It's irritating and makes me grimace every time. .

      NOW, for God’s sake.... please... teach the ignorant.

      Bruce R

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      vanessa1 8 years ago

      Team player taken one step further would be team member. I am compelled to call my employees "team members" by the corporate structure that pays me. Team member loses all meaning after a while. The term sacrifices accuracy at the altar of political correctness. Are we not at our place of employ? We are employees. I think that there is a stigma associated with being classified as a worker or employee. Surely you must mean someone else. I'm too special to a be an employee. Hold your nose when you say it.

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      wlawrence 8 years ago

      "I could care less!" This means that you actually do care and therefore you could care less.

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      remirap 8 years ago

      "its so __________, its not even funny"

      so if it isn't so ____________, it would be funny???

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      drhath 8 years ago

      I AGREE TOTALLY - THE FIRST HAS TO BE "LIKE" BUT THE SECOND HAS TO BE:-

      "YA KNOW WHAT I'M SAYIN?"

      THERE'S A NAME FOR THIS BUT I CAN'T SAY IT HERE BUT IT CONTRIBUTES TO THE FALL OF SOCIETY, AS WE KNOW IT. MAYBE IT'S ALREADY TOO LATE

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      vonnie1 8 years ago

      Like dude, wazup man. awesome, toke. Bring back GROOVY

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      vanessa1 8 years ago

      My number one pet peeve is a phrase I hear on the radio all day long. "Not available in all states." Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy! Do they mean available in some states? Or do they mean what they said? That whatever the ad is for is not available in all states?

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      JoaquinSantiago 8 years ago

      I hate being referred to as a "guest" when I am actually a "customer". Guests get stuff for free - that never happens to me. I'd prefer being treated as a customer when I am spending my money.

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      ThorOdinson 8 years ago

      Awesome, vision, African-American, dude, green, and "yuk", closure

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      mishpa 8 years ago

      My mother uses so many over and over in one conversation I think I want to die!

      "You know what I mean?" My sister and I think she's confirming that you're still listening.

      "I wouldn't lie.." or "I'm not lying.." especially when follow with "to you"or "about this" - then there's: "I'm only being honest with you." Does this mean she lies to everyone else (or about other things)? Crazy!

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      jessilah 8 years ago

      I'm surprised no one has added this very annoying word........ 'RANDOM' I hate it!!!!! I do understand that exaggerating is also a grammatical crime, but I dislike this word so much. I feel those who use it lack intelligent.

      I don't really like 'good' either when used in the following sentence or those similar: "I did good." No, you didn't dumbass. "You did well, stupid!"

      Another one is 'conversating.' My boyfriend uses it, but I have given up on correcting everyone I hear make a mistake when speaking.

      My mother said correcting is degrading and that I sound like a bitch. I used to correct her a lot as well.

      I could continue with my list of annoying words, but I really wanted to get that pinche 'random' off my chest. No one else seemed to mention it.

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      cleopatra1 8 years ago

      When I was doing recruiting for my job I got SICK and TIRED of people telling me, "I'm a people person." Come on people, think of something else to describe your personality!

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      Bruce_R 8 years ago

      Ha ha. Yes. As painful as the truth might be, we should not have to re-invent titles to keep from bruising our ego. I hope that people would be more insulted by people thinking that their ego is so fragile that we have to get inventive. [in reply to vanessa1]

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      1999ChevyJay 8 years ago

      The phrases that, makes me want to cover my ears, TIGHTLY are: "Wow" or, "Waaaaaow", "Let me find out"...also, you can't forget "Excuse me?" Every time someone uses the phrase "excuse me" I, sometimes reply: "Are you deaf" or, "can you hear"?? I believe, people hear when, someone says something to them but, they'll ask you "excuse me" and, while you're repeating yourself, it gives them little but, enough time to think of a snappy comeback! ;-)

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      littleman1 8 years ago

      My pet peeve is the new use of the phrase " Want to come with ?". When did we start leaving off the end of sentences ? My other pet peeve is people that are pretentious and uptight that think everything "shows" them something. For instance, " His accent shows his lack of intelligence". No, his accent shows you what part of the country he is from. You cannot study for an I.Q. test, I have a lot of African-American friends that are highly intelligent that still use phrases like " Who this be?". Those same uptight people are the management types that say things like " If I find one grammatical error on their resume, in the trash it goes." That would be fine if the position I was hiring for was a professional resume writer, but, other then that, you can go ahead and be human around me. To think that because another human being doesn't pay attention to your pet peeves so, therefore, must be below you in I.Q. points, shows your lack of intelligence !

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      orphyus 8 years ago

      If I hear the term "Kool-Aid drinkers" one more time on various radio talk shows, I'm going to scream!!! Originally used to describe the followers of The People's Temple led by Rev. Jim Jones, the term is now used as a political moniker for those who cling to their beliefs with an undying passion. It is overused and I find it extremely disrepectful to the families of those who lost their lives in this most unfortunate tragedy.

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      longfade 8 years ago

      [in reply to wlawrence]

      Yeah, that one's driven me nuts since high school (back in the '80s) I could NOT care less.

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      Bruce_R 8 years ago

      "In other words".... Why didn't they simply use those other words to begin with?

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      bichonmom 8 years ago

      What the heck is "sorta"? I started hearing it on design shows, now everyone is "sorta" using it. Its like, you know, ____ing not thinking about the children or outside of the box. It "sorta" bugs me, like, you know?

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      Bruce_R 8 years ago

      A common disclaimer used to disguise ones true feelings......

      "I'm not predjudice, but..."

      I usually hear that before some racist remark about some group.

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      yaknowaddict 8 years ago

      PLEASE HELP! Somehow, along the journey of life, I picked up the "Ya Know" habit. I don't realize I'm saying it until my husband relentlessly imitates me, especially while I'm on the phone. I also use the "like" a lot, but not as much. I could blame it on being a product of the 80's. I know, I know...the 80's began nearly 30 years ago! HELP!!! I'm really going to try harder this year to break this nasty habit!

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      longfade 8 years ago

      [in reply to vanessa1]

      The thing that drives me insane are those completely unnecessary disclaimers at the end of most every radio ad (particularly car dealership ads) -- "subjecttoapprovalofcreditcreditnotguaranteedtoallaplicantsdealernotresponsibleforanyinferencesastothequalityorlongevetyofsaidproduct" etc,etc. I HATE that.

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      Bruce_R 8 years ago

      "That's what she said" after every other sentence.

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      dbrick 8 years ago

      I'm no english major but what happened to the word PROBABLY. It seems to have been shortened by everyone from ceo's to sanitation engineers to PROBLY. It is interesting to note that the publishers of dictionaries simply observe how we use the language and what we say in order to publish what will become our new words, meanings and phrases. We unknowingly cause our language to evolve, creating and destroying words with god like abandon.

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      longarm1957 8 years ago

      i think when the words we speak grow heavy upon our ears, that a time of silence maybe called for.

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      DrLecter1 8 years ago

      First: How Rude! This is my s/n. my petpeeve phrase:" maybe I will " my guy knows just when to phrase bommb me with it!!!

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      slinky1 8 years ago

      The One I hate that newscasters, politicians and celebrities always say is: "At the end of the Day"

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      floridamainer 8 years ago

      A lot of these are new to me, but here's one that really brings me back to high school grammar class; "only." If you only want something that means that you not only want something but you don't need it. I'll go with the only the one I want, does not means the same as I'll go with the only one I want. Only goes before the word it describes; not the whole phrase. Newscasters, listen !

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      dbrick 8 years ago

      "it is what it is" Is anything gained by using this blatantly obvious and circular statement ? It therefore stands to reason that it is not what it is not unless of course it is what it is not, but this would violate the laws of relativity.

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      jasonlloyd33 8 years ago

      Here's one that drives me nuts! "I could care less!" when it should be "I couldn't care less" If you "could" care less than it denotes that you care to some degree about that which you are discussing because there is something else that you could care even less about.

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      Dan51 8 years ago

      Any so-called "catchy" new word or phrase, meant only by the user to impress his/her audience with their supposedly superior intelligence:

      "Think outside the box"...this one makes me want to track down the person who came up with this "profound" utterance, and pop their head like a zit!

      "That/this sucks, You suck", "Bite me"...You're a liar if you say that your subconscious mind isn't thinking about a blowjob!!! Makes the user sound like trailer-trash scum. Had either of my daughters used such colorful language, it would have turned into a 3-legged race to the hospital, to remove my size 12 from in between their ass cheeks!

      "Grieving/Healing Process"...or any other phrase using the word "process"!!! Sounds so clinical, and downright whiny-assed. What happened to good old fashioned words and speech? Too many people are trying to sound so modern and more intelligent than what they really are.

      "Like", "Totally", "Awesome", and "No Problem".

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      stinker 8 years ago

      The president elect bugged the heck out of me during these last few months when he used the word NOTION in almost every spech or interview. What the hell does that really mean.?

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      centex91 8 years ago

      What irks me is the phrase "I don't mean any disrespect." To me it just sounds grammatically incorrect.

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      yamyam1 8 years ago

      These are some of the words and phrases which I find unimpressive and reflective of the character of the speaker:

      like - inability to verbalize what they mean?

      i dunno -lack of interest in the conversation,or plain laziness to think?

      I know -how about "i understand" or "i agree"

      F--- words -for lack of substance, or to emphasize?

      I want you to... - things do not happen, and had to be done just because you wanted to... authority approach check pls.

      anyway -???

      That's all for now.

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      melissa79 8 years ago

      The thing that I've noticed a lot of people doing lately isn't a word or phrase error but it is annoying nonetheless. Have you noticed that seemingly overnight some people are writing/typing plural words as a possessive? Ie.; Cats = Cat's; Papers = Paper's. For the past year or two, I've been seeing it EVERYWHERE! Doesn't matter where, either.. internet, work, etc. It just perplexes my mind.. Everyone was doing okay with plurals- then a few ignorant people typed them wrong here and there, and then suddenly everyone is doing it? So bizarre. How can people just forget how to write properly? It makes me want to rip my hair out whenever I see it.

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      172403 8 years ago

      The one that gets me is "You what i'm sayin".Work it out people!

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      ldkroegel 8 years ago

      The phrases, "that being said..." or "having said that" just annoy the heck out of me. First of all they just confuse the point, secondly it sounds ridiculous when someone refers to their own commentary as if someone else said it.

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      felisa 8 years ago

      What makes me throw-up is the phrase " with due respect" it is simply a ticket to bludgeon the other person whom you're addressing to and it provides a perfect barrier for the other guy not to spit back at you.

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      sara111 8 years ago

      when my husband will say STOP IT, that drives me nuts.

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      Easy1 8 years ago

      If a car runs over a person, EVERYONE says, "The car ran him over". What did it run him over? The fence? The other side of the highway?

      "In harm's way" has been used until all the hide has been worn off.

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      ronecon 8 years ago

      A highly over-used word I have been hearing from mostly young people is "awesome". To them every thing is awesome. I don't think they really know what it means. A phrase I have been hearing more and more this year is "my-bad". I wonder how long that phrase is going to last?

      One of my pet peeves is how people who write comments to topics on the internet, and don't know how to spell. They probably don't proofread, use spell check nor really care. Even spell check doesn't always get it right. I hope I got it right.

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      jnharvey44 8 years ago

      You just wait until you use it, then you'll see how magical it is!

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      mk1625 8 years ago

      "make no mistake about it"- I am so sick of hearing that phrase that it is even difficult for me to write it without feeling nauseated.

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      kjsaxso1 8 years ago

      I hate the phrase. and What not.( cars boats and what not) It drives me crazy. Also my husband has a bad habit when hes watching TV and he wants you to see something He'll just start saying look, look, look over and over again

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      sandyP1 8 years ago

      'SHUT UP' this phrase of surprise or disbelief I find so uncouth yet it turns up in just about every teenage movie and has even found its way in talk shows. Please, find something else to say.

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      Jerci 8 years ago

      In a discussion each point is introduced with the phrase," Here's the thing...," turning me off completely. the other major irritant is chat discussions or email where the work "definite" is misspelled.

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      lorak 8 years ago

      "In a sec" - a "sec" can mean anywhere from 1 second to several hours, however, will most likely result in the person saying it to forget all about the task a "sec" after they say it. "I was gonna" - usually follows "in a sec", after you have given up on their "sec", and you have started the task yourself, if you "was gonna" it would already be done. "You didn't have to" - no, I don't HAVE to do anything, this is America, just be grateful I did and say thank you, although I probably did it out of frustration because you "was gonna" "in a sec".

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      leelee1 8 years ago

      My pet peeve? The phrase " I just can't wrap my head around it." Literally, make no mistake about it, I hate that phrase...lol.....

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      kjsaxso1 8 years ago

      I forgot to add to my list a few other

      Here what i'm screaming it was popular in the 90's and I still here it from time to time.

      Also, Bring me to the store. the proper phrase is to take me to the store. You would bring somebody the newspaper or hairbrush.

      Freaking the teens use this word instead of the other F word, but to me it sounds just as bad because you know what they are using it for.

      I also hate it when you feel obligated to say hi how are you nomatter how many times you pass someone in the hall at work.

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      Indianrose 8 years ago

      One of the most overused phrases in Corporate America today is: "At the end of the day..." I can mouth the words a heartbeat before my boss speaks them. Every day, at least once, I am "privileged" to hear him use this phrase. It makes me grit my teeth.

      "At the end of the day the ball is still in our court."

      "At the end of the day you are still responsible for the outcome."

      "At the end of the day..."

      "At the end of the day..."

      "At the end of the day..."

      Someone free me from this madness!

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      ag2 8 years ago

      Taking the Vanessa 1 pet peeve a bit farther, I find the most inappropriate and over used response to be “not a problem” especially when it’s coming from a service provider. When they respond to our ‘thank you’ with “Not a problem” It makes me want to snap back with “Well, no Shi* it’s not a problem, it’s your job!

      Frankly, I’m surprised and a bit worried that no one has brought this up yet. And where did this come from anyway? If this is the course of our language, I miss the days of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when Simone responded to the Economics teachers “Thank you, Simone” with “No problem whatsoever”.

      A.

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      frannie1 8 years ago

      Instead of a word...it's the lack of a word...when did it become acceptable to say "I graduated college in 2001" Isn't the word from a part of that sentence???? "I graduated FROM college"

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      Ms_Virgo 8 years ago

      Another phrase I can't stand and if I am not mistaken, is just bad English---"DUE TO THE FACT"..Can't stand it!!!!...I lost my umbrella "due to the fact" the wind was blowing. It maybe a bad example, but you know (lol) what I mean. ;0)

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      silver_daz 8 years ago

      I have read most of the posts, and I can't believe that no one has added the phrase "These (or those) Ones". It makes me batty! It sounds dumb and 90% of people use it these days. I used to, but it was brought to my attention, and I have made serious effort to stop, along with the word 'like'.

      Not an over used phrase or word, but I agree with a previous poster about not spell checking posts. Some one had replied to a comment I made on YouTube, trying to make a point and defend their possition, but they spelled SO many things wrong, it completely discredited their statements! They looked so ignorant, and I told them so.

      Additionally, the exclamation point is overused in emails, texts, and posts. I am guilty of that as well. Its trying to evoke happy emotions but it really looks very young and unprofessional.

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      kara2 8 years ago

      The word CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sick of that word!!!!! Also the phrase "very Good" my boss says that after everything..... I feel like a 3 year old that just picked up her toys.

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      shirleyj 8 years ago

      One pet peeve is the response from insurance customer service people who tell you "have a nice day" after you have been on the phone for 30 min. or more trying to correct THEIR error; another is from students who use text talk in emails to me and can't understand why I want to scream. I'm a college English professor, by the way. I also agree with the person who gripes about 'due to the fact'....Folks! Use 'because'!

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      babsmas 8 years ago

      Great list!

      I'm another one who finds the word 'AWESOME' used too often, and inapprorpriately. Everyone in my office, it seems, uses it ("that would be awesome if you could get me those reports"). If I worked with a bunch of teenagers, I could (almost) accept this, but I also find it silly coming out of the mouth of people who were too old to be using it when it became commonplace 20 years ago. I also get the feeling that it's my boss' favorite phrase, so everyone here needs to ape her in using it as the prefererred adjective for everything, no matter how trivial the matter (which, often, is NOT awe-inspiring).

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      kd1968 8 years ago

      My boss and his "administrative assistant" say "absolutely" ALL THE TIME!!! No matter what kind of question or even if they are just having a casual conversation in the office. It ABSOLUTELY annoys the hell out of me!!!

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      bigbird13041 8 years ago

      I hate when someone says, "You're in my thoughts and prayers." It's a phrase that is so over-used, that it has lost it's sincerity. If the people who say it really meant it, that's one thing, but most of the time people just say it because they want to say something kind and comforting and don't know what else to say. They don't really mean what they say. Also, a lot of those people aren't even religious, or only pray when they want something from God.

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      Jolyn52 8 years ago

      how about.."to make a long story short" and the person continues on for the next 30 minutes.

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      over40 8 years ago

      I have a 19 year old and for the past year or so, I have heard her friends and her use...."That is so Random" that I think that if I hear it one more time.....I am going to be random and scream. Also, I am sick of hearing "Oh My God" or seeing OMG written. I agree with all of the other posts and all of the other phrases that were listed. Of course it is hard to find other words to use. I have caught myself using some of those phrases and am trying to be more self aware of it. Thanks for listening to my blurb and by the way....."Have a Nice Day" Ha Ha!!!

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      jholmdohl 8 years ago

      The word "oversight" is being used to mean supervision when it means exactly the opposite...who started that stupidity?????

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      rclbas 8 years ago

      How about "No Worries" or "Word"?

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      habs29 8 years ago

      Great list. I did notice you had the word probably on it. Here is my pet peeve. It's not so much the word itself but the mispronunciation of it. People, the word is "Probably" not Probly. Has to be one of the most misused words. I have one more. There is no such word as "You's" as in "You's guys are not going to believe this. Stop pluralizing the word You.

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      ceebee92 8 years ago

      I cannot take one more person saying "Back in the day"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      over40 8 years ago

      Also, my nephew and I am sure others use cent instead of the plural cents when talking about change.. For example....He would say if it was 30 cents...30 cent. That drives me completely batty. I am sorry the singer 50Cent (don't know if that is correct) is one thing but the rest of the time unless it is 1 cent, which is a penny, then use a plural. I am sure that somewhere on these pages someone probably already has posted this. I also posted about the word "Random". Then as I looked through all the pages, someone else had posted it. I am so glad that I am not the only one.

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      emma_bettyboop 8 years ago

      how about---have a nice day ahead!!!!! everywhere in school,that's the phrase you can hear especially on a Monday morning.

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      emma_bettyboop 8 years ago

      how about---have a nice day ahead!!!!! everywhere in school,that's the phrase you can hear especially on a Monday morning.

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      purrfkt 8 years ago

      On a recent trip to Las Vegas with my son and his wife, we caught ourselves saying way too much "That's what she said." I'm afraid we may have started to get annoying, but we sure did think it was funny at the time. Will this phrase be next on the list of banished phrases?

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      tylerkelso 8 years ago

      What irritates me more than ANYTHING is trying to understand NIGGER TALK.....PERIOD.

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      msmanyrooms 8 years ago

      What about...it just needs to be TWEAKED a bit more. Yikes!! Please, no more tweaking!!!

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      douglasfrbs 8 years ago

      one or two to add......thats awesome.........and ........dunno.......

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      Debrajo 8 years ago

      There are four that really bug me and I'm using them in the following sentence as an example: I just called to "touch base" to see if we're "on the same page" so "at the end of the day" we can "take it to the next level". My skin crawls every time I hear those used!

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      kingradical6270 8 years ago

      unthaw? The word is thaw to unthaw is to refreeze.

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      jerold1 8 years ago

      Almost every enenings news broadcast brings us reports from, "around the nation" almost certainly followed by news from "across the world". Are these boneheads or what?

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      aflorez 8 years ago

      I hate it when the phrase "I have no idea" is used...(especially by my husband). When you ask someone a simple question and their response is "I have no idea", that is so irritating! Everybody has SOME idea!!

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      Artwrite 8 years ago

      "My bad" would be overused even if it was correct. "Brilliant," (especially with a British accent) is overused. Any use of the pronunciations "new-cue-ler" and "real-a-ter" is overuse.

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      Saboobie 8 years ago

      It almost drives me crazy when people purposely mispronounce words, I just can't stand it. Why practice bad habits; and it is even given a name "Ebonics", I call it laziness, people to lazy to put forth the extra effort to pronounce their words right, so they pronounce it wrong and called it "Ethnic" and intelligent people accepted this. I find this to be just another crutch intelligent people use to act and sound otherewise unintelligent.

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      jeannie0506 8 years ago

      Here's another phrase that gets me "the bottom line". I've gotten to the point where I gringe when I hear it since it's not always used in the financial way it was designed to be used.

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      kellu1213 8 years ago

      My biggest pet peeve is when someone says that people over there. No its that person. It may be correct i have no idea. It still drives me insane.

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      aflorez 8 years ago

      I agree. Especially when people use the word "supposebly" instead of supposedly. Or "pacific" instead of specific.[in reply to Saboobie]

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      Michele11 8 years ago

      How about "Hey", as in hello. It's an insult as an acknowledgement. I'd rather hear nothing at all than this dismissive word.

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      sammylessin 8 years ago

      "Actually" is more overused than any word in the world. If you don't believe me, remove it from ANY sentence. I know people who can't get through a single sentence without it. Just count "actuallys" once and you'll see.

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      testeng 8 years ago

      The one that gets me the most is when the word 'another' is used as a contraction and put in the wrong place in a sentence. "That's a whole other thing". Stupid!

      Also, "to be honest with you...", suggests that the person sometimes is not honest with you.

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      Bryce2 8 years ago

      Using a word twice for emphasis. It's big, not "big-big" but big. I'm broke, not "broke-broke", but still broke. He was late, not "late-late" but still late. It's hot, not "hot-hot", but hot.

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      Mark1965 8 years ago

      My favorites? Moving forward...It is what it is...Did I tell you... And the worst? Dude!

      Inappropriate? tylerkelso's comment. grow up!

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      meangirl77 8 years ago

      Hate to say it.....but, I have a couple words I say that really seem to annoy others. How about......I never..... I always....you always.....you never..... I really try to stop saying these words because it makes me seem so perfect and you....well.....what the h... is a matter with you that you never do this or you always do that.... I really am trying to get these words out of my vocabulary.......must be frustration.

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      ricko1 8 years ago

      it is what it is; nuff said

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      lizmstuder 8 years ago

      How about AMAZING. Everything these days is amazing. One episode of The Hills or the Bachelor uses the word amazing about 100 times.

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      semeeks 8 years ago

      My biggest pet peeve . . . people who say "regardless". It is not a word, and if it were, it wouldn't mean what the people who use it intend it to convey.

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      lizmstuder 8 years ago

      My other favorite is "long story short" because it never is really the case.

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      lang69 8 years ago

      The phrase "Just to be fair" makes me want to burn my wife's cat. It communicates to me that the user is most intolerant of the opinion of others. There is not a modicum of difference between this one and "trust me," which means that you better get a tight grip on your purse. While we roundheads, which is a word used to describe those of us who consider ourselves more intelligent than others, go to great lengths to protect our language from the bad stuff, I personally like the word "stuff." It serves well in brevity. Then there is my all-time favorite, "ain't." It ain't often that we can contrive such a versatile word that is so effectively used, is so universally used, yet is so deplored. "The correct word is aren't," so we tell our children. It ain't always so! For example, "aren't" is used as a contraction for "am not" and "are not," while "is not" is contracted as "isn't." With "ain't," all three are covered. Ain't this some good stuff?

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      lolpapi 8 years ago

      I dislike it when one uses the words, 'them legs' instead of saying 'her legs ' for instance. Other pet peeves, am tired of in commercials are ,'you can get it absolutely free,you only have to pay shipping and handling and certain conditions may apply to qualify.' Spare us the lies!

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      Sweeze 8 years ago

      Did you guys know that the phrase "think outside the box" actually refers to a puzzle tha consists of 9 dots- 3 in a row one above the other where the challenge is to connects all the dots without lifitng your pencil? At least that's what I think.............

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      jeannie2 8 years ago

      I hate the constant use of "exactly" when one person agrees with another. Ughh!

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      mangorose7 8 years ago

      what about the word, DUDE? where don't you here it? i usually here it 20-40 times a day. i also say it quite often propibly 25-50 times a day. of course my vocabulary grew more advanced thus i no longer say, dude.

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      McCormack 8 years ago

      I listen to National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio for, you know, literally, all day cuz, I dunno, I think outside the box. EVERY egghead guest and EVERY reporter seems to think the phrase "sort of" and the made up word "sorta" are the ONLY adjectives available to discsribe war, economy, health care, financial "meltddown" (whatever) the Universe. It's worse. The phrase or word is used as one of the language fillers that let others know you are being thoughtful. NPR quests are compelled to break up their academic stammering with the inappropriate tossing in of a "sorta" which is said with the horrible rounded "O".

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      dean0 8 years ago

      dbrick is on to something. MANY three sylable words are losing the middle sylable as in presdent bush. my peeve is use of "pissed off" .I hear ir even on PBS and I get ...well PO'd

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      sarge1 8 years ago

      ...and don't forget..."choice"...."choose to do"...."I seen"....."can I ask you a question?"...."ok..ok"

      smiling at someone's embarrassment or pain...."let's put it this way..."

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      bob75 8 years ago

      This is not a word that bothers me, but it has to do with grammar. I am annoyed by those, including newscasters, sportscasters, politicians and others who use such phrases as "to my wife and I," "for my sister and I," "for he and she," and other such phrases. Why can we not learn the difference between the nominative and objective cases?

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      alivesince55 8 years ago

      AWESOME ! Is there anything in this world that isn't? Can we not find other words to describe your feelings, thoughts or actions? COOL!

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      coondog 8 years ago

      "honestly"....oh come on I want you to lie to me.

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      goduke 8 years ago

      I think it's funny when people say "I'm trying to think."....really? trying? You just can't do that WITHOUT trying..

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      kamich 8 years ago

      With that being said....

      Over-used by my general manager & our local weatherman!!!

      You would think they could be just a little bit more origonal!!

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      sarge1 8 years ago

      "honestly...like, well,...for sure....for real...it's because of our low educational standards...ok?"

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      meangirl77 8 years ago

      How about...."my ole lady" or "my man"......"I have to ask the boss????? What happened to my wife......my husband.....my girlfriend.....my boyfriend......

      Jerry Springer here we come.........

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      bb19930 8 years ago

      "irregardless"...NOT a word!

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      momofalexandparker 8 years ago

      Like, OH MY GOD!!! Ya know? Awesome! Some people just should not say anything! Like Mom said!

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      teachermom3 8 years ago

      "Anyway" drives me up the wall. I agree wholeheartedly with Bob75 - our Head of School often used "me and I" incorrectly, as do many adults who ought to know better. Kids and young adults always say, "me and him", or list themselves at the beginning of a list of names. I taught literature, writing, and public speaking, and tried my best to point out the worst transgressions to all my students and to my own children. Students write the way they talk, and "supposably" found its way into their work. "My bad" and "no problem" are commonplace, and I actually staged role-playing activities for the students to learn how to say, "I'm sorry" and "you're welcome".

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      resu 8 years ago

      The most overused word in my opinion is "Awesome". I also cannot stomach the term "African American". How many people do you know that actually lived in Africa? I guess I am "English-Dutch American" and would appreciate it if you would make me feel special by calling me that, instead of "HONKEY".

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      momofalexandparker 8 years ago

      That word is a tell-tale sign of someone who is trying to appear smarter or more educated than they in fact are. When I hear it, I stop listening to them.[in reply to bb19930]

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      R-Lean 8 years ago

      How about " suppose-eb-ly" --- WHAT IN THE WORLD??? I HATE THAT!! It's not a word people!

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      I hate it when people use ie instead of eg. Stupid! They have no idea where the initials come from.

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      I hate it when people use ie instead of eg. Stupid! They have no idea where the initials come from.

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      dawn66peru 8 years ago

      OMG! is the one I hear the most, and Baby daddy, and whatever!

      I work in a so called professional call center, and the words and phrases I hear come out in conversations not only with other co workers, but to customers is downright ignorant...Whatever happened to the proper English we learned in school?

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      gerih 8 years ago

      I loved this article!!! I am so glad someone besides me found hypocrisy in claiming "I'm a maverick who reaches across the aisle," from someone who is fearful and bitter and living in the past. He was not a maverick, he was an untrusting loner who didn't get along with anyone in Washington DC and doesn't trust anyone. He belives war is the only way to solve problems with countries.

      People are just people. Bullies are just insecure people, pull back their curtain and they are fearful little children.

      okay, I hate

      irregardless

      I could care less...I couldn't care less is what they usually mean. people talking without thinking.

      that's what I'm saying...they aren't saying it

      my boy, my girl...claiming ownership of some pop star is ridiiculous

      I see what you're saying...complete gibberish, makes no sense at all

      I'm all about...are you that simple??

      110%...impossible, everything tops out at 100%!!!

      Pop and Reveal....makeover words!! enough already

      I feel better now

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      ready1 8 years ago

      This not something that is used enough "you are welcome". It drives me nuts when I say "thank you" and do not get "you are wlecome". Most people do not even acknowledge it or say "ok"

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      R-Lean 8 years ago

      i forgot the other variation of supposedly.... they try 'suppose - ev - ly' too. DAMN IT !!!

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      kamich 8 years ago

      A co-worker of mine says "I will do" at the end of a conversation for an order taken. Bugs me about as much as the lady at the gas station when I get smokes that says "I can do that."

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      neenahsmom 8 years ago

      How about the phrase,"That's sick!" I want to smack people when they say it to show emphasis for something they like! Is it really gross and disgusting? Im confused... Don't try so hard to sound cool! I also can't stand when guys are getting off the phone and say,"Late."

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      neenahsmom 8 years ago

      How about the phrase,"That's sick!" I want to smack people when they say it to show emphasis for something they like! Is it really gross and disgusting? Im confused... Don't try so hard to sound cool! I also can't stand when guys are getting off the phone and say,"Late."

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      Grann 8 years ago

      I hate the word UNDERNEATH. It seems too wordy. Why can't they just say UNDER or BENEATH? A former union worker use to explain to me that my job benefits were covered UNDERNEATH the contract. Just didn't sound right. Am I nurotic about this word?

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      74hodag 8 years ago

      What about "on the ground" & "moving (or going) forward". I've heard "on the ground" so much I want to puke. Like this, "This is Anderson Cooper on the ground in New Orleans" No shit Anderson. I thought you were hovering a foot above the ground. "Moving forward" is referring to time not direction and is tacked onto the end of every paragraph a news anchor or politican says.

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      emailmycats7 8 years ago

      I have three main pet peeves. The first is "No problem" or some other inappropriate response instead of "You're welcome" in response to "Thank You." Second is "Have a good one." Have a good what??? Finally, the most inappropriately used is "got" when the word should be "have", such as "Got milk?", "Got brains?", and the list goes one.

      Thank you for the opportunity to vent. Does anyone have a "You're welcome."?

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      okblonde 8 years ago

      I hate when computer instant messaging lingo is used in real time, face to face, conversation. The one i hear frequently from children and adults is "My bad!" I hate that! How about "I'm sorry." or "I made a mistake."

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      DJmingle 8 years ago

      Here's a few... In addition to R-Lean's supposedly, I like hearing this one... suppose - a - bly. I don't like hearing "No Worries" from anyone. Who do they think they are, Crocodile Dundee? When people tell me no worries, I usually respond with an over-the-top bad Australian (sp?) accent asking them if a dingo ate their baby. Happy New Year !

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      Scarlett4 8 years ago

      Okay.......how about ABSOLUTELY! and AS WELL. What is the matter with too? oh and grammar! ie..."with so and so and I"........because they think they sound smart? It is wrong! It's me! and guess what? That is wrong too.......It is I! I love this article. I am sure I could think of more. How about abreviations? My BFF.......bad enough we have to read it, nevermind hear it. hhhmm here's another.......bipolar. Hey! you don't want to be bipolar! oh and "He has ADD"....now they've added a letter! How about teach your child to behave and save the drugs for poor children that really have a serious problem, not behavioral......okay I have said enough

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      Nora428 8 years ago

      This article came just in time! I'm about to lose my mind! I've been addicted to one of those cable news channels since the beginning of the Presidential campaigns and have noticed the overuse of the following phrases:

      "At the end of the day..."

      "At the top of the hour..." (Yesterday, I actually heard someone say "At the top of 6...."

      "Weigh in" (as in "Give us your 'two cents worth.'")

      "That being said,..." (or any other form thereof)

      "The fact of the matter is..." -or- even worse -- "The fact of the matter is, is that...."

      "Absolutely!" (meaning, simply, "yes," "I agree," or "that's right.")

      "Look!" (or "Listen!" Used in conjunction with an explanation or clarification of a previous statement.

      "Across the aisle...."

      Aaaarghhh! Check out one of those new shows, just for one hour, and see how many of these phrases you hear!

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      DJmingle 8 years ago

      On the "it's not rocket science" or "It's not brain surgery"... both overused. I started throwing language curveballs just to see who's actually listening. I use the hybrid "It's Not Rocket Surgery" on occasion and it usually goes unnoticed making people think I'm an idiot. I also like referring to the famous search engine Google as Goggle on purpose... someone always tries to correct me and I pretend that I really think it's Goggle. Try it, it's actually pretty fun!

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      wyn1 8 years ago

      I really hate it when people end a sentence with "you know what I mean?"

      I'm not stupid! Of course I know what you mean!!!

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      TaylorX 8 years ago

      Iknow right?, I'm trying to conversate. What is I know right? What is conversate? Why fight for rights to have adequate education when your going to botch everything you don't understand? The cool do it because being cool does not include wisdom and understanding. The ignorant does it because they have limited vocabulary.

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      LADYGUITAR 8 years ago

      I try not to gringe when coworkers say certain phrases, but I find myself hypersensitive to them and end up muttering inside my head. One in particular: Not a problem. If its not a problem, why do you have to tell someone that? In a service type position, that phrase shouldn't even be uttered! How about those overused phrases such as, "My dinner was fantastic. The waiter was phenomenal. What is that suggest?? Dinner was a fantasy? And what did the waiter do? Disappear into thin air? If these people could only imagine what it sounds like to other people.

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      LADYGUITAR 8 years ago

      I hate the phrase "not a problem". In a service oriented organization, a coworker uses this phrase. If it wasn't a problem, you wouldn't have said it! How about "dinner was fantastic and the waiter was phenomenal??? Was your dinner a fantasy and what did the waiter do??? Disappear into thin air?? Wish some people would think??? before they speak.

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      Scarlett4 8 years ago

      With that being said........I agree. I feel like telling Simon to shut up and now Paula is saying it too!

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      chcwgrl 8 years ago

      My husband uses the phrase "Not to interrupt" to interrupt people while they are talking... which drives me crazy. I think it is rude and shows bad manners. On top of that he does interrupt them.

      He also interrupts people with "Not to change the subject.." and then changes the subject.... I have pointed these two things out to him on several occasions and only got a blank stare from him...I'm not sure if there is hope for him.

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      How about "I don't know whether or not if we are going to do that or not." Why not "I don't know if we are going to do that." Period!

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      "He goes..... and then she goes....." Goes? When did that word begin to represent a dialogue. It makes me want to yell "WHERE, where did he go!"

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      karebear102177 8 years ago

      First, it annoys me that people criticize others for using improper English and grammar when they themselves don't bother to use proper English and grammar. Especially in a time when we have this amazing invention called a "spell checker" (which in itself is a strange word). Not everyone is expected to be a perfect speller or have a doctorate in grammar, but it only takes a few seconds to run a quick check. Second, the misuse of the words "your" and "you're" when typing drives me crazy! It only takes two extra key strokes to use "you're" when trying to say "you are"! Third, I agree with neenahsmom who commented on the use of "late" (or even "later" or "see ya") when saying goodbye to someone! It's rude and idiotic! Also, using "that's sick" to say that something is cool. Can't we just say "cool" anymore? Finally, I can't stand when people use double negatives ("I don't see no ..." or "I don't got any ..."). Ignorant!

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      Note to Dawn66peru. Proper English has not been taught in school for a long time.

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      VTer 8 years ago

      Proper English SHOULD be taught in school, but apparently isn't. Or, kids are choosing not to learn proper English. My pet peeves -

      1. "should of" instead of "should have" 2. "nucular" instead of "nuclear", which has no "q" sound

      3. "relitor" instead of "realtor", there is no "lit" in realtor 4. "julery" instead of "jewelry", there is no "ler" sound in jewelry 5. and last but not least "me and him are doing something" instead of "he and I" (why are people misusing the possessive pronoun so much? Is that not taught anymore?) or, conversely "he gave it to she and I" (do people actually think they sound intelligent when they say that, or what?)

      And, thanks to Barack Obama who recently brought up the subject of the correct pronunciation of the word "nuclear" on tv.

      Happy New Year! The VTer who cringes at bad grammar......

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      I love the vents on “no problem.” We have a little Christmas service custom at our church. Probably other churches do it as well. As folks leave, they are given a chocolate bar. I said “thank you” as the young teen handing me the bar. He replied “no problem.” I stopped and looked at him and said “It’s comforting to know I didn’t create a problem. I merely meant to express my gratitude. Had I thought I was creating a problem, I wouldn’t have taken the chocolate.” Poor kid was so flustered that he didn't know what to say.

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      Nora428 8 years ago

      Teachers are trying their best to teach proper English, but I think the problem is that older generations (those presently not in school) have either not taken the time to learn English or have trouble learning it -- after all, it IS a difficult language to learn -- and, therefore, their children are "torn" between English and their "mother" language. Many languages use different grammatical rules than English, i.e., double negatives, gender differences, etc. It seems that only written grammatical errors are corrected in school, while spoken errors are ignored. However, it often appears that people outside of the U.S., who learn English as a second language, speak it better than its native speakers!

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      SGMWEG 8 years ago

      Easy1, I'm still laughing. I wish I had the time to read all the posts.

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      michael81240 8 years ago

      As Well, If you are on TV or from California--As Well is overused as well.

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      karebear102177 8 years ago

      I have the TV on in the background and I'm not really listening to it. But I just happened to catch someone use the word "metrosexual." Stop it!! Do we really need to make up a word to describe a man who enjoys a mani/pedi and some nice clothes? Enough already!

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      VTer 8 years ago

      Great response!

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      VTer 8 years ago

      When native speakers of English use words such as "I ain't got no..." or "them things" or "him and I", etc. I want to wretch! Where did people learn this stuff?

      [in reply to Nora428]

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      LadyT LM 8 years ago

      " Whatever!" - a truly tired word combo.

      This is a pretty cool lens. I've said some of the same things you've listed. Yikes - just means there is always room to grow.

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      elishadavis 8 years ago

      Interesting lens. My overused word is "you know" and "darn it".

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      sarge1 8 years ago

      Those who use phrases such as "I ain't got no..." or "them there things...." either repeated the fifth grade somewhere or were educated in Arkansas.

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      sarge1 8 years ago

      Today, I am "coining" (initiating) a new phrase; "Cultural Deviation of English Standards"..this relates to various cultures within our society who deem it necessary or appropriate, to alter, or deviate, from accepted English grammar. "Just a note" here; I am a strong believer in correct, English grammar utilization. I'm the first to acknowledge ("first to admit") I do err, but I prefer to seek improvement opportunities (such as not ending sentences with prepositional phrases, an American hallmark). REGARDLESS...some examples of "Cultural Deviation"..."what it is?", "hey, bro..", "I gots to know...", "you my homie..." (what a "homie" is, I don't know)...in response to a question.."yes, veddy good"..."ax you a question..." "I'm a fixin' to..." (common in Appalachia and Louisiana bayou area)..."take a right turn and go so far, then turn left..", "you ain't from around here, are ya?"..."I'll do that when the cows come home.."sure enough.." it will "great" on your nerves!"

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      Music-Resource 8 years ago

      "Fummydoodles" it is then :D

      I guess if I'm tempted to blurt "s**t", it'll be "snickerdoodles" from now on too ;)

      Don't you love it when a person starts every other sentence with "Basically,..."

      !

      ~Music Resource~

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      vanessa1 8 years ago

      "You guys." My mom and dine out and are called you guys. We are 2 women. No guys.

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens. Very well done - deserves to be in the squidoo top 10 :)

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      1stevedw 8 years ago

      Thanks for the tips. 5 Stars

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      plecasso lm 8 years ago

      essentially... I F****** hate it when people overuse this word

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      SteveAtkinson 8 years ago

      While 'You Know' and 'Like' are on the top of my list of over used phrases, the one that I really find 'gets my goat' is 'My Bad'.

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      wayfarer lm 8 years ago

      @vanessa1 that "you guys" remark is my hubbie's pet peeve. I personally hate actually.

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      lovelyrita 8 years ago

      "That being said..." and "Absolutely". Too much.

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      ShortSaleRealtor 8 years ago

      Great lens hi 5

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      Darla Dixon 8 years ago

      This is like, the most awesome lens ever, literally - like, totally. It's not rocket science for me to give this lens 5, like, stars you know, and it is no problem, literally. At the end of the day, I found that you were thinking outside the box when you made this one, and I am totally going to literally post this page on Twitter because it's so like, awesome.

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Victoria, I'm lensrolling this to my Wordaholics Anonymous lens. I love what you've done with this--the short bytes make for a great read!

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      sarasm 8 years ago

      I like it!

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      BeautifulGreenB 8 years ago

      How about when people ask "How are you?" but don't really wait for the answer, nor do they actually care! It's nearly rhetorical, and your answer irrelevant. "Hello, how are you today?" (no pause for reply) "This is I.M. Insensitive from the Whedon Care company.."

      So fun to reply "I am so glad you called, you wouldn't believe the day I am having...first the dog got out and then the baby threw oatmeal all very the place and then my mother-in-law called and..........................."

      Great lens!

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      Charlyjl 8 years ago

      My pet peeve phrase is 'yes, no'..... -- what is it! Is the answer Yes or No....! This is a great lens. Excellent 5*

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      sarge1 8 years ago

      For real, like totally, I agree with you. Like, this is totally not rocket science but this place is awesome, I mean totally awesome, regardless of what anyone else might think. For real.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "Speaks volumes." I don't want to hear about all those volumes.

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      westvibemusic 8 years ago

      OMG! my grandma is a ya knowoholic... drops like its the last day you can say it...hahaha

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      igniz 8 years ago

      having reading this lens makes my day. :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I like you lens pretty much lady!

      5 stars for you;)

      I hope you wouldn't mind checking me out!

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      chrisqw 8 years ago

      Nice lens. Nice, nice nice. 5 stars from me!

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      Spook LM 8 years ago

      Oh absolutely, this is like- you know like-like wow one of them best lenses I have read for ages. You know like, you know what I mean?

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      thinformationlady 8 years ago

      How about this one? "I need to wrap my mind around it." It''s getting old (just like the cliché "it's getting old)...LOL! I guess some cliches are just in our bloodstream.

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      lemonx 8 years ago

      when people say "like so" a million times when explaining something. aka, you cook the chicken like so, cut it like so, UGHH

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to socal_seaview] The media are really taken with "not so much." We're going to be stuck with it for years.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "No brainer"

      "The good, the bad, and the ugly"--Using this phrase proves your writing credentials are false.

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      CandisLynn 8 years ago

      What a great lens! I have to say that "like" is my personal pet peeve because I catch myself saying it way too often. I was born and raised in Southern California, so it was embedded into my language growing up. Now I'm trying so hard to get rid of it!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "and uhhh' "and uhhhh" " dude" "what's up" "what happening" I know that when people who know each other greet - they will say "How are you," but I always think to myself they really don't care how you are...I mean, dude, not really. It is just what we say. I wonder what would happen if when someone ask me "how I am" if I should actually blast off a list of aches and pains. I wonder if they would even pause to listen. Something to think about...or not...later dude. GREAT LENS!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great lens. Loved it. Very original idea. Wish I had thought of it. There are so many overused words/phrases that I just don't know which one I dislike the most, but maybe the phrase 'sort of like' would be near the top of the list.

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      AuthorNormaBudden 8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens and agree with you: some words are overused and used improperly.

      There are some phrases I hear which annoy me but two of the worst are: "I know," especially when you are trying to teach someone something new and they claim to know everything; the second would be "I don't know." It drives me crazy when people use this phrase when they are too lazy to think for themselves or are afraid to answer a question.

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      AdriennePetersen 8 years ago

      How about "at this point in time"....yuck! Great lens, 5 stars!

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      DebtSolutions22 8 years ago

      This lens is great! I would have to admit I do catch myself saying "like" and "no problem" but until someone points this out to you you don't even realize you are saying these catch phrases.

      Now that I read this lens - I will try to say this words less often :)

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      DebtSolutions22 8 years ago

      This lens is great! I would have to admit I do catch myself saying "like" and "no problem" but until someone points this out to you you don't even realize you are saying these catch phrases.

      Now that I read this lens - I will try to say this words less often :)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      "a whole other"

      "irregardless"

      "all of the sudden"

      Anyone who says these will be put to death by Stewie Griffin.

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      EducatorWithaHe 8 years ago

      How about this one? "To be perfectly honest with you".. As if they normally lie to you? Or how about "on the same page." That one just simply feels like fingernails on the chalkboard to me. Thanks for the look at the funny way language is used. I teach Kindergarten and those lil people sure think up some funny things to say.

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      EducatorWithaHe 8 years ago

      How about this one? "To be perfectly honest with you".. As if they normally lie to you? Or how about "on the same page." That one just simply feels like fingernails on the chalkboard to me. Thanks for the look at the funny way language is used. I teach Kindergarten and those lil people sure think up some funny things to say.

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      artrepreneur 8 years ago

      As for my least favorite cliché..."Not a Happy Camper" I would like to say: Stick a fork in it, it's done.

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      artrepreneur 8 years ago

      As for my least favorite cliché..."Not a Happy Camper" I would like to say: Stick a fork in it, it's done.

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      ljm633 8 years ago

      Can't think of one that hasn't already been mentioned, but this is a great lens and I enjoyed it very much!

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      heehaw lm 8 years ago

      i do agree with the no problem words, truly a cso have to say you're welcome. great lens , thanks for sharing.

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      Signhappy 8 years ago

      I nominate "team player," another overused business term that graces every help wanted ad and drives me to distraction. What happened to American individualism? Haven't all the "team players" just dropped the ball lately and led us to a resounding financial defeat.

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      indiefrog 8 years ago

      Ha ha, I love it!

      I use "awesome" a lot, I have to admit!

      But I like paying attention to people's overused words, because everybody has some... "Fair enough" is a phrase I'm sick of hearing...

      Nice lens, very funny!

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      Tarra99 8 years ago

      Awesome lens! ...but that's like, just my 2 cents or whatever... ;o)

      5*

      p.s. Sorry I couldn't resist, you know...

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      cannedguds lm 8 years ago

      My, my my! What a very interesting lens! I sure hope I could also make one of my lenses "Lens of the Day"! LOL! Any suggestions? Anyway, I really love your lens, as in, literally, you know, like, it's awesome or something like that... hehehehe...

      5-stars for this one, really. (Does "really" count as cliché?)

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      AlisonMeacham 8 years ago

      I really dislike the contemptuous use of the word 'whatever'. It really gets to me!

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      Patricia 8 years ago

      Well, I do use some of these phrases...

      Cool lens!

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      Mr_Ambiguous 8 years ago

      Here's one:

      "It's fast, easy, and fun!"

      I think that one's overused.

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      I_Love_Puppies 8 years ago

      I tend to use whatever, like, dunno and stuff like that. I never realized how annoying people found it a real eye opener thanks. 5*s!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      The most pretentious one is "that said"

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      MonitorTheChange 8 years ago

      You are not alone on that one[in reply to EverythingMouse]

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      Steve-SEO-UK 8 years ago

      I recall a young guy referring to my wife as "scrubs up well" - a compliment.

      Very common now is "cool" and "lush".

      As a 57 year old, these take me back to when "fab" was in vogue.

      Thank you for this Interesting Lens. 5*

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      MyMothersDresser 8 years ago

      How about: "I'm just sayin'..."

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      ideaman 8 years ago

      It is what it is.... I hate that phrase, but it is what it is

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      rmonk 8 years ago

      Good one! I'm not a fan of those that say "I'm just sayin'"

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      kathieleeb 8 years ago

      it's like..umm...you're right!

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      Paul Hassing 8 years ago

      'To be perfectly (or quite) frank with you' and 'clearly' and 'event'.

      e.g. To be quite frank with you, last night's rainstorm event has clearly disrupted the train system.

      Fabulous lens! P. :)

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      SunGal 8 years ago

      No brainer

      Usually said by someone who maybe only has half a brain.

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      mishiera 8 years ago

      when people say, "i know", all the time.

      a safer, not quite as rude, response could be said instead, so the other person wouldn't think that they were an arse.especially when they really DON'T know.

      its OK to not know everything.people are constantly learning new things everyday.

      :]

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      PeacefulWmn9 8 years ago

      I, too, think "whatever" is over-used, but it never struck me as a sign of contempt, but rather a sign of indifference.

      I'm tired of hearing: bottom line, green, tree-hugger, know what I mean, back in the day, blah blah blah.

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      PostRanger 8 years ago

      Wow! "Think outside the box" is my wife's pet peeve and use of the word "literally" is mine. Actually my wife also hates "pushing the envelope". In writing, it is always a thin line between using or playing with these overused phrases because they resonate with readers and getting to the point where your writing just sounds trite. I'm a journalist by training so any time I use this crap it's usually because someone else used it and I'm quoting them. But truth be told, there is also a problem in English with the use of jargon, meaningless words or phrases that, while not cliché, mean nothing or are deliberately vague. Calling a "bank loan" a "financial package" springs to mind.

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      goldenwell 8 years ago

      Eregardless.

      After a long explanation of the things that have to be done. The speaker tries to put emphasis by saying, "...we have to do this eregardless..." There is not such a word! The word is regardless!

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      moadams 8 years ago

      I love this page.

      I am very new, and have a page with similar subject matter though not near as good.

      http://www.squidoo.com/dampsquid

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      Carolh1 8 years ago

      My most hated phrase is 'going forward' they use it all the time at work and it drives me nuts. In one 10 minute meeting it was used at leat 7 times. It's added onto just about every sentence people utter, when usually there is absolutely no need.

      The one that I find myself using is 'at the end of the day', I really try to stop myself, because I find it very irritating.

      The word 'awesome' is definitely overused in the USA, I'm from england and I have found it is creeping into our vocabulary now, we need to stop it before its too late!!!! It wouldn't be so bad if it was used for things that are truly Awesome

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      lisasboutique 8 years ago

      Hey you need to try living in a house with two teen age boys and then here how many words they use that does not make sense to me!! It drives me nuts sometimes but I just smile and think "Gosh when are they going to grow out of this!!" Great lens.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      (blush) I'm guilty of "awesome" (even in my lens title, lol), but I really hate "at the end of the day" and "think outside the box"..."paradigm shift" was awful too, but maybe that's died down? I also have been hating "metrics" to mean "measures" or "data"....blech. Awesome (OOPS!) lens, 5*****

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      seedplanter 8 years ago

      Victoria, I've LIKE lensrolled it LIKE because I really do LIKE this idea! Wish I'd thought of it, LIKE, first.

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      nextchapterlear 8 years ago

      Nice lens! It made me laugh!

      Thanks,

      Jenn

      www.squidoo.com/how-to-make-hair-bows

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      Twobit LM 8 years ago

      I think "dude" is used a lot too. Good lens, I liked it. *thumbs up* :)

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      Vespino 8 years ago

      Ah, a place to rant!

      Catch phrases ebb and flow at my work. The one that irritates me the most right now is 'gotcha'. The crowd around me says "gotcha" in place of saying, "I agree". When I think of 'gotcha' I think of 'HA! I trapped you!'.

      Another one that makes my blood pressure rise is, 'fair enough'. Really? Is is JUST fair enough? Not too fair, mind you. Better than less than fair I guess. Is it sort of the Goldielocks of fair?

      More I HAAAATE:

      Let's touch base (alt: just touching base with you) please no more touching at work

      Squared away (is that outside the box?)

      FYI (I think of it as an obscene acronym)

      On the horn (as in get somebody on the phone)

      Good Lord!

      Awesome (when I hear somebody say that I blurt out: "More awesome than the Universe?")

      No worries (really, let the Austrailians have it back, that includes Outback restaurant employees)

      I have more but I'm reaching my quota here!

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      Vespino 8 years ago

      I had to add a few more:

      "Can I ask your a question?" or "Let me ask you a question"

      Another term that is still persistent popped up about two years ago in the midwest and south of the U.S. is when people say "Do what?" in place of the perfectly acceptable "What?" or "Please say that again".

      No, don't DO anything other than clean the potatoes out of your ears and listen up!

      Shoot (you) a e-mail. Don't open the attachement, '50 cal.' no no no!

      Other people have listed this one but this is on my all-time list of banned phrases: 'Moving forward' (during some dumb meeting). Usually you say something that may or may not be on topic and the 'team leader' (hhah!) will cut you of and say "Mmoooving forward... " as if to tell you and your co-workers, "I really don't care what you said". It's just plain rude and plants the seeds of (well deserved) resentment.

      Ok, I'll shut it now...and move forward!

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      DCKT 8 years ago

      "So...." How I loathe thee... How hard is it to NOT use that word all of the time? Example #1) "We went to dinner and then went bowling, so...."....So? So....what? What did you do after that? Leave "so" at the end of your sentence and I'm thinking you're about to say something else. Example #2) "So we're talking about the increase in productivity....". Again, is it really that difficult to not simply say "Today we're talking..." or "Alright, today we'll be discussing...". I can stomach "so" as a single-word sentence, as in "So?", but using it to begin or end a sentence is simply making you go "ba-a-a-a-a-a-a" as you follow all the other ill-spoken sheep in the crowd.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      As soon as I see the word "ginormous" I stop reading.

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      inkserotica 8 years ago

      Ooops! my blog (meaning I do), Squidalogue Promotion uses 'thinking outside of the box'! time for a change, I think ;) 5*

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      echo7 7 years ago

      How about "issue"? I've heard people say, "My car has an issue," "My life is full of issues," "This computer is full of issues," and more, ad nauseum. Pleeeze! I always feel myself blushing with embarrassment when I'm with someone who talks like this, because it screams, "I want to sound intelligent and serious and hip," but to me it sounds pretentious, ignorant group-talk.Please, please, please, make it stop!

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      datasam 7 years ago

      Is it just me or do others as well hate the phrase "that said,...". Maybe it was mentioned already..

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      cadi2 7 years ago

      My coworker and I are always discussing this subject so I was very happy to see it here.

      My favorites: - PERFECT! ( even when it's not...)

      - No worries

      - Not a problem (try saying "you're welcome " to someone these days and

      - you are looked at as though you have 2 heads!)

      - i'm going to "grab lunch" or "grab dinner" (hmm...sounds really appetizing)

      - to your point (used a lot in the office in place of "I see your point")

      - to be honest (as someone else mentioned, were they lying before?)

      My niece lived in the UK for 7-8 yrs and came back with some of their phrases.One that irritated me was "on balance"

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      cadi2 7 years ago

      I thought of a couple others:

      -over the top

      -my "go to person" (or replace person with whatever you want)

      -good to go

      Another one that I hate is when someone says (for ex.) "I had the meat and potatoes for dinner. The meat was great, the potatoes- "not so much".

      Also saying for ex. " That is so 'not fair' " instead of saying "That is so unfair".

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      bob4analog 7 years ago

      One of the biggest cliché`s today, is the overuse of periods in a sentance (much like the ad at the beginning of this page that says, "You're in a hurry. We know." - Very annoying! And we also see this in phone numbers. Instead of using dashes to separate the numbers, periods are now used, such as: "1.800.555.1212" - annoying! Actually, elipsys (...) are a series of periods - that's ok; just not soo damn many periods! It just fragments the hell out of a sentence.

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      heatherlou 7 years ago

      Two misspronunced words that really drive me crazy are: fustrated (instead of frustrated) and aks (instead of ask). Also the use of possessive nouns with an "aprostrophe s" such as "baby daddy" (instead of baby's daddy)

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      Let's see, I could say, "Nice Lens," but that is waaaay over used. So I will say that I found the discourse on overused and annoying words and phrases fascinating. A word that is becoming more and more misused is "loose" when "lose" is the proper word. I might loose my cool if I see it one more time.

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      nj63 7 years ago

      I think the most absolutely overused word is just that, absolutely. Absolutely every time I turn on the tv I hear it being used ad nauseum. It is so abosolutely smoke up your butt annoying that I absolutely want to scream every time I hear some dipstick respond to absolutely every comment made by another with "absolutely," "absolutely," "absolutely......But here's the kicker...I needed to register to post this but it took so long because I kept ignoring the box that said...Absolutely, I accept the terms of service...are you kidding me????? ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!!!!!

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      cherylt 7 years ago

      Amazing! This has replaced the nineties most overused adjective, "Awesome!" Although still in overuse status, "awesome" cannot describe the amount of times a celebrity can use "amazing" in a red carpet interview. You look amazing! Working on this has been amazing. This night is amazing. It must be "amazing" because apparently there truly is no other words to describe.

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      johnmiam 7 years ago

      cherylt nailed the word "amazing" this word gets on my last nerve.watch HGTV for a half hour and you will hear it at least a dozen times. These people are such idiots yet they fancy themselves as intelligent. get a damn thesaurus. Reality tv sucks too. it is anything but reality, everything is contrived and it just goes to show what morons are both participating and watching these idiotic shows. A few examples would be American idol and the cast of jersey shore.

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      iamco2000 7 years ago

      "Reach out" or "reaching out", like the last ditch concluding act of humanitarian effort that is supposed to indicate urgent response to a dire situation. There does seem to be a certain ethnic consideration of this term, but working in a retention/billing department where the phrase is used like a comma is a bit annoying, "Hey, so you're having difficulty juggling your finances, let me just reach out to you...." ugggggghhh, makes me wanna slap someone up'side the head every time I hear this little gem, its like oh my God, its like so...annoying, whatever" (yes, this last part was a deliberate statement)

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      jen-mn 7 years ago

      The contractions for "would have" and "could have" (would've and could've respectively) written as "would of" and "could of." Gives me the agita.

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      iamco2000 7 years ago

      So, yet another overly exhaustive and equally irrevocably violent tendency evoking phrase that has come to light recently..."in a minute". Now, if you're being nagged by your (kids/wife/husband/dog/neighbor/telemarketer/cabby/space shuttle commander on a NASA launch day), fine...when you've not seen someone for more than a day though or something (an event) has not occurred in a long time, it is not kosher to say...That hasn't happened, (or I haven't seen you/them/this/that)..."in a minute", because in any of those scenarios, if it only happened "a minute" ago, there probably wouldn't exist the pretense that you have not experienced something because IT JUST HAPPENED.

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      groolgman 7 years ago

      'going forward' as intelligent and informative as a senile cats fart

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      Tampagurl 7 years ago

      transparency....let me be clear....that said...that being said ....moving forward ...going forward..have a good day (does anyone REALLY care what kind of day you are having?)... .and the most hated lilly white word is ..... AWESOME.By the definition of the word itself, nothing is so awe-inspiring to use that word...except God himself...that is the only just usage of the word..and, it is such a "white" phrase..I never hear any people of color use that phrase, or at least, not overuse it....ok, now for color..."have a good one" ...a good what??? Most of these words and phrases we hear all day, every day, and it just gets drilled into our brains, and even when we hate the word or phrase, we find ourselves using it because of the brainwashing...

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      craigw1 7 years ago

      The overuse of the word, "really" is (really) out of control. It's now used as an expression of exasperation or frustration--readily approaching the ubiquity of the word, "like". Help!

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      taoskier 7 years ago

      Diversity--when used with reverence as though it is a secular religion, and "Racism is the Devil and Diversity is God"; that is all / Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know." And when it's described as something that's essential for success. It's not. Consider the early Microsoft. Consider Motown. And finally when it's used to justify outrageous strong-arm affirmative-action ideas: "All new jobs should go to women and minorities. Where will white males get jobs you might ask? They will get them overseas."--quotation taken from a talk by an affirmative-action officer at a public hospital to employees of a community college. This woman got a resounding round of applause at the close of her talk. Naturally, whenever she came to the D work she lingered over it, savoring each syllable, as though the word were a mantra or religious chant: Di-Ver-Sity. Not long ago I'd feel uncomfortable slaying such a sacred cow. However, as Rhett told Scarlett, Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

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      BrentDumas 6 years ago

      I commonly hear people using "technically" for situations that couldn't possibly need that word. Most of the people i hear using it don't even know what the word means.

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      BrentDumas 6 years ago

      @iamco2000: Yes i am also tired of that phrase. When i first heard somebody use it I wasn't sure what to say. "A minute? more like a few weeks man." Its just ridiculous

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      TonyOn301 6 years ago

      @VTer: VTer, you are wrong about the jewlry part. Jewelry is not proper English. It is proper AMERICAN. The inventors of the language call it jewele

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      TonyOn301 6 years ago

      Anyone think that "recipe for disaster" is over used?

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      lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

      I am going to "favorite" this and come back because I think of overused phrases all of the time.

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      Mona 6 years ago from Iowa

      Oddly enough I don't say any of the things you list here. But I write a lot. Beside squidoo I maintain a blog and write a regular article for a magazine. I do then tend to use "awesome" "literally" and the combination of "you know, like" more than is absolutely necessary. :)

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      MikePijoan 6 years ago

      "You guys". That's right, I hate hearing "YOU GUYS". It is the most overused, lazy way to address people and it has crept into almost every standard greeting. Doesn't matter if it's being said to women, elderly gentlemen or random passersby. "You guys" needs to be limited to guys or close friends and die out altogether in reference to "folks", "ladies", "gentlemen". When I walk into a nice restaurant and I'm greeted with "would you guys like to sit inside or out?" they may as well be saying "Welcome to Burger King".....grrrrrr!!!!!!

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      PracticalIdealist 6 years ago

      I'm ready to put the phrase "rock star" star to bed unless it refers to an actually member of the band.

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      miatortilla 6 years ago

      I am curious as to why the phrase "as well" seems to be so heavily used now. Why must we say "I am going to the game as well," instead of the less snooty "I am going to the game too?"

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      miatortilla 6 years ago

      @anonymous: "That said" makes me want to throw up too.

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      miatortilla 6 years ago

      I can't stand it when someone uses the phrase "as well," when "too" would be appropriate. I am going to the game "as well" or I am going to the game too. As well sounds pretentious and is being overused.

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I love this lens. My 5 year old grandson has the "Whatever!" down pat (oops, couldn't resist!), but he pronounces it as "Whatebber!" It isn't quite as annoying that way, since it is still cute, but I'm thinking it won't take long for it to be really annoying.

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      xkini10 6 years ago

      SAME EXACT!!!!!! These two words are synonyms for each other. Stop using them together. Use one or the other. Please stop today. It makes you sound sooooo stupid. Use your own words. And stop saying "OMG".Let's not be clones of one another.

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      FieldingMelish 6 years ago

      Really?

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      'literally'

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      Pete Schultz 6 years ago

      I think it's amazing how many times "It goes without saying" is followed by several phrases explaining whatever it is that should be so obvious as to not require verbal description.

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens! I've liked (used in a proper way), favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece to my lenses on writing. Congrats on a great job!

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      eman10375 6 years ago

      "pain at the pump" Every time gas prices rise we hear this throughout the media.

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      Cybersi99 6 years ago

      "For Free". The term "free" means "for nothing" or "for no money", thus by saying "for free" you are actually saying "for for nothing" and it makes you sound like an idiot!!!

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      esil66 6 years ago

      Ever since moving from New York to Maine, we have heard the following phrases done absolutely to death & when I say "to death," I mean CONSTANTLY:

      "No worries!" "It's all good." "You need to pick your battles." And of course, the ever popular word "wicked" used constantly as a positive adjective. For example: "That whoopie pie was WICKED good!" Or, "wasn't that fireworks display WICKED awesome!?" "That car is WICKED fast!" UGH!!!!!!!! Where are my earplugs???

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      esil66 6 years ago

      Oops, I almost forgot: "DUDE!" Didn't that one die with the 80's?!? Male, female, EVERYone is considered a dude. Blech.

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      esil66 6 years ago

      @MikePijoan: I entirely forgot about "you guys." There is something terribly annoying about attending an elegant restaurant as well-dressed patrons when a server appears and asks: "Can I get you guys something from the bar?" Good one, MikePijoan, I agree!

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      esil66 6 years ago

      @jen-mn: Makes me cringe!!

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      74hodag 6 years ago

      "Moving forward" (in the future), "put forward" (suggest) are beginning to drive me crazy. You can't watch or listen to a news broadcast without hearing one of the "forwards". Then there's "on the ground" as in "the troops on the ground in Iraq", or "Anderson Cooper on the ground in New Orleans". Now a new completely retarded one is gaining momentum "take ownership over". This translated is "take responsibility for". And last but not least "kinship network". Who ever thought of this needs their mouth sewn shut. Of course they mean "family" but are trying to sound intelligent and only succeed in revealing themselves for the tards they are.

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      riff7uk 6 years ago

      One of my blogs analyzes the disgusting distortion of good English.

      Victoria, you could perhaps add to your list "actually" and "im not being funny but" and the king of the hill "basically".

      How about the obnoxious use of wicked and sick to (astonishingly) represent a good thing.

      Folks of just 20 years ago would barf if they knew how the general public speak today, progress ? what a joke !

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      JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

      Ha ha! I loved this lens. Thanks for doing this.

      With Love and Gratitude,

      Jeremiah

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      Blusteel 6 years ago

      Good subject.

      Several overused phrases & words come to mind straight away:

      1. 'GREAT'

      listening to any televised sporting event or contest is one way to quickly encounter this overused word.

      Many folks (myself included, when not conscious of it), appear to be *simply inserting the word

      GREAT'

      For describing everything done well in any given situation.

      (*nearly used word 'literality' here)

      2. 'SCARY'

      Appears in our 'Fear Everything' Info Era, nearly all concerning societal issue is 'Really Scary'

      20-Yr Nat'l Violent Crime Rate (adjusted for Population Growth)

      DOWN 20%

      20-Yr Overall Media Coverage of Violent Crime(s)

      UP 625%

      Weary of the tired, 'It's just SCARY'

      Webster's Thesaurus has dozens of entry's here;

      Spooky, frightening, alarming, anxious. ect

      C'mon people, if your going to buy-in to the hype-machine

      Bookmark a free thesaurus and mix it up here and there

      3. '[They|He|She] THREW [Me|Him|Her|Us] UNDER THE BUS'

      So...where is this so-called BUS, anyway?

      Lastly. the most cringe-inducing 1½-2 Yr resurgent phrase

      Simply will not fade away (as hoped):

      4. The 'AH-HA MOMENT'

      If I could PURCHASE this nausea-inducing phrase to take it permenantly out of the rotation

      I would w/o hesitation.

      Not sure why, it simply hits the ear as distracting, pretentious fluff.

      I sincerely do not care for this phrase

      FEW MORE FOR THE ROAD:

      'Staying focused'

      'Not letting things slip thru the cracks'

      'ANYway'

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      AndusMcabu 6 years ago

      "as if" at the start of every other sentence and "init" or "it's not even funny" at the end of every other sentence are ones i'm fed up of hearing all the time at the moment

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Superlative list! Another that makes me cringe is "a tad bit". Wrong in so many ways. A tad IS a bit, so you're redundantly saying "a bit bit", if you wanted to use this correctly you'd just say "a tad", but better yet, don't say tad either. It's annoying. The absolute most cringe-worthy phrase in the English language (so offensive I can hardly bring myself to type it here) is "I busted my hump". It's used when someone means to say, "I worked so hard." To say it should incur a mandatory prison sentence..

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      FieldingMelish 6 years ago

      These days it seems all news is "Breaking News".

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      FieldingMelish 6 years ago

      @esil66: I agree. Drives me nuts.

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      citznmag 6 years ago

      So basically....As I sit here watching and listening to a plaintiff on The People's Court state his case, I was distracted by his overuse of the words, "so basically" before making each point. I counted 15 times--so basically.....it drove me NUTS!

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      Mutti 6 years ago

      Reach out - I heard this phrase being used several times during two conference calls yesterday.

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      bolillie 6 years ago

      I hate the "f" word. It sounds tacky and uneducated.

      I also get really tired of people saying something is amazing. It seems to be the only word folks know how to use to describe something wonderful, fantastic, brilliant, exceptional, excellent, incredible, unique, different, awesome, terrific, or even good. I hear it so often that it has no effect any more. If someone says something is amazing, I immediately think it's average. If it was truly amazing they could find a more specific adjective to use. And, after all, how many things in this world can truly be amazing anyway? Aren't some things simply good, adequate, normal?

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      gagirl60 6 years ago

      It is what it is, just sayin'

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      FieldingMelish 6 years ago

      "face time"

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      iRenew 5 years ago

      "of course" used to mean yes.

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      MichaelTJones 5 years ago

      Haha! Funny lens!

      "like" and "literally" can drive you up the walls! literally!

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      BrightSpot 5 years ago

      Just pointed out to my beautiful, beloved wife that she used the word "like" 4 times in a single sentence. She hung up on me. Seriously?! I mean, c'mon! Really?! It, like, literally drives me up the wall. Whatever. I'll just accept it as my bad, because at the end of the day, she'll forgive me. And anyway, I could care less if she's a little upset.

      Oh, goodness that felt terrible...

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      FieldingMelish 5 years ago

      You just used "Seriously?", "Really?", "my bad" and "at the end of the day".

      Are you calling the kettle, black?

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      FieldingMelish 5 years ago

      @BrightSpot: You just used "Seriously?", "Really?", "my bad" and "at the end of the day".

      Are you calling the kettle, black?

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      pilotboy71 5 years ago

      The new most overused word as far as I'm concerned is..."AMAZING!" All of a sudden, everyone and everything is AMAZING! There really are thousands of other options to describe a notable person or event!

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      Ronald Tucker 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I have personally use the phrase "my bad" on many occasions but not as much anymore...as an urban slang for an apology it has got me out of some tense situations in public, especially when riding publictransportation.

      I appreciate your correction for using the term "I could care less"...If you didn't care it would be impossible to care less that you actually do! Excellent grammatical analogy.

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      gregoryolney lm 5 years ago

      I have never understood how people could say "I could care less" when they mean exactly the opposite ! And as for "Oh my god" and "awesome" - makes me shudder, especially when they are used in the same sentence !

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      gherishjhoven 5 years ago

      "Oh common"... :) That the most over used word for me... This is a great lens, from you...

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      Lankyman 5 years ago

      One very overused word in the English language is the word "relocate". It really gets right up my nose. Has anyone ever considered opting for the word "move" for a change?

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      Lance855 5 years ago

      "AMAZING" that word is so overused. Another is "oh my god".

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      Lance855 5 years ago

      @pilotboy71: I agree, that word is so overused.

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      Emeraldroots 5 years ago

      The phrase "foreign" to refer to things or people from other countries..most people outside the U.S. use the term "overseas" , foreign always seems to mean "not belonging" out of place". I hazard to guess a U.S, citizen travelling abroad would rather be referred to as American or "visitor"....unlike what we always default to calling people not of American origin here...just saying =)

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      Lemming13 5 years ago

      In England, there's a horrible habit of using the word 'sad' to mean annoying, irritating, mean or nasty. 'You took my sweets - oh, that's sad of you!' Sad means unhappy, or in the case of baking, collapsed. It annoys me so much to hear it misused this way. And 'fit' does not mean attractive, it means healthy, sporting, or suitable for a purpose. Which makes it an insulting way to refer to a person you allegedly admire, unless you are complimenting their athleticism. An excellent lens.

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      gman47527 5 years ago

      I'm tired of hearing about things "going viral"

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      gman47527 5 years ago

      Although sometimes popular sayings make the language more colorful or are used for brevity, I don't understand the fascination with the term, "Right from the GET-GO." Saying, "Right from the start," is clearer and shorter.

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      gman47527 5 years ago

      I hate hearing the response, "I'm good," when people are is asked how they are or if they would like something, such as, "Would you like something to drink?" "No, I'm good."

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      ErHawkns7100 5 years ago

      I despise it when people say 'my bad'.

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      agent009 5 years ago

      A lot of words such as "like" are just placeholder words when people don't know what to say.

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      DanCooper 5 years ago

      Here are two words that are not used enough. "Thank you. " As in, thank you for making a great lens. :)

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      abanana1986 5 years ago

      Using "OK" before and after sentences for no reason. Similar to the first sentence under the "Think Outside the Box" heading.

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      mfwills 5 years ago

      Absolutely.

      I just herd an interview on NPR with a woman who has a Master's Degree in English. She responded to the interviewer's question with "Absolutely" at least eight times. When did "absolutely" take over for "yes?"

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      prague1 5 years ago

      Just putting it out there!

      Its used to soften a harsh comment, or viewpoint, suggestion, or making a request they really want you to do but without making it sound like they're telling what to do.

      Lke the song John Mayer sings - say what you need to say

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      Mike413 5 years ago

      Another one you hear a lot especially in the last few years that definitely belongs on this list is "I mean." That's getting to be as bad as "like." I mean really. People just use it way too much. Seriously, I mean it's not even funny. ;)

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      rexycat 5 years ago

      I am sick of hearing the word issues used about someone or somethingsuch as my son has skin issues my mum has hip issues, my cooker has issues. Just stop it . It is a denial word for problem. I also remember when issues were magazine installments.I cringe when i here a person say this word, they seem to think for some reason it makes them sound smart and more inteligent.

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      Awesome lens, but wait-at the end of the day, I could care less- So, my bad and F___ off!

      'Liked' it- lotta fun, thanks!

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      You Know

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Something that really drives me up the wall is "drives me up the wall" and improper use of its and it's .... It's so annoying!!!! it's = it is and its = possessive!!! and also i am really sick of "Hows it going?" Not only is it from the 80's, but it makes me feel that i am in the presence of someone who can't say "How are you doing?" .. Also, i have NO IDEA what the response is supposed to be... So when someone says "Howzitgoin?" to me, I'm akin to someone who just sat in the wrong Airplane seat.. what do you say? "itzgoinwel" ???

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      70sfreezeframe 5 years ago

      Recently I've been seeing :

      "Oh the joys" - describing any task being undertaken

      "Me thinks" - referencing any thought of future task

      "pffft / meh" - my personal favourites, illiciting the inevitable ...

      "Wot's up hun x" - everyone's 'hun' and gets kisses at the end

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      phaedeaux 5 years ago

      "At the end of the day". Get in quick with "It's going to get dark."

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      aaron-tan 5 years ago

      I have never heard someone use the phrase "my two cents" in real life. I hear it occasionally on TV, but is it really that overused?

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      phaedeaux 5 years ago

      This may be just in Australia, but everyone being interviewed on television feels compelled to begin each answer with the word "look..." I mean, its television. We are already looking.

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      dschexnaydre 5 years ago

      "So" and "right?" So, the question is what's your pet peeve, right? We all have pet peeve's, right? So, my pet peeve, right, is when people over use the words "so" and "right," right?

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      DIY Mary 5 years ago

      "Whatever" tops my list of most odious expressions. It has the stench of contempt.

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      ih8mycow 5 years ago

      Think outside the box is probably the most overused phrase in the office. My annoying coworker always say this especially in a brainstorming. It gets old and uninspiring. I sent him an anonymous email once through this site called ihatemycoworker.com (yes, that's a real site) asking him to change his "brainstorming cliché". It seemed to work. I only hear him say it twice in a meeting.

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      karabo-moumakwe 5 years ago

      'Basically' and the mother of all cliches: "LOL"

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      SDPupp 5 years ago

      Everyone is using "literally" in literally every bleeping story they tell.

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      ad101867 5 years ago

      I'm getting sick of hearing (nearly every time I watch TV or read an article) how somebody's on a metaphorical "journey." I now avoid that word like the plague (did I just say "like the plague"?) and won't even buy a Journey although it seems like a good vehicle. :-|

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      jamie-hankins 5 years ago

      What about 'yafeelme" and "right now"? "OMG are you seriously asking me that right now?" Drives me fuggin' bananas - I've walked out of movie theaters because of them.

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      jamie-hankins 5 years ago

      Here's another - 'SO' This one has almost driven me to homicide, genocide, terrorism, and suicide all in one minute. How can something be SO not happening, if it's already not happening to begin with? Another one I'm hearing a LOT lately is 'game changer' to describe bland watered down subjects or objects - Seems to be in place of 'amazing'. I'm hearing it everywhere.

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      patty-childress 5 years ago

      Enjoy...Waiters plop your plate down and say enjoy. Your friend emails pages of pictures of her last vacation and ends the note with enjoy. I get to decide if I enjoyed the meal, company, movie, etc. Enjoy!

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      patty-childress 5 years ago

      Enjoy...Waiters plop your plate down and say enjoy. Your friend emails pages of pictures of her last vacation and ends the note with enjoy. I get to decide if I enjoyed the meal, company, movie, etc. Enjoy!

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      Sher Ritchie 5 years ago

      "Proactive" - it's supposed to mean "inclined to act, inclined to do something (rather than twiddle thumbs or otherwise prevaricate)" but what's wrong with existing words for the same, like dynamic and/or decisive and/or energetic? Those words have character. "Proactive" is so bland - pro (that is in favor of) and active (doing something/ operational/etc) - what does this combination really mean? It's typically used by people who want to devalue dynamism, decisiveness and energy; "Oh no" (they seem to be saying) "We don't believe in that here, we've taken the action out of active and instead generated... proactivity." Please, no more "proactives" - let's have action, decisiveness, etc!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks.

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      PhloxPapyrus 5 years ago

      I'm tired of "It's gonna be alright" and "pretty much" gratuitously, but they are just inevitable...

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens.

      I'm tired of "just sayin'" and barbecue dinner invites that include the words "...and all the fixin's"

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      WinWriter 5 years ago

      Great idea for a lens.

      I'm tired of "just sayin'" and barbecue dinner invites that include the words "...and all the fixin's"

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      xkini10 5 years ago

      saaaaaame exaaaaaact makes my hair stand on end...also..."just sayin" Hate them both.....

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      xkini10 5 years ago

      @patty-childress: To expand on your comment, the waiter addresses you (both male and female) as guys, i.e. "Can I get you guys anything else???" Uh yeah, how about a sex change...

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      xkini10 5 years ago

      @mfwills: that is overused also...it is used on QVC by the hosts...very annoying

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      xkini10 5 years ago

      @gman47527: remember when a virus was a bad thing?!?! We as Americans have too many words.

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      robert-williams2 4 years ago

      I Can't believe you did not even list this totally, completely over used word that has spread across the country. One more piece of horse-shit that starts in So-Cal and becomes sickening. People using the word "SO" in front of every sentence. Even folks here are starting to notice. SO SO SO SO SO SO SO Bothersome!!

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      teacher3 4 years ago

      @xkini10: YES! I have thought of counting the number of times the word "absolutely" is used on QVC. Another word that is overused...amazing. Another phrase that is overused..."on so many levels"-as in, "This is wrong on so many levels." Another phrase, which is mostly used by young women and teenages.."I know, right?", and in the same vein, "OK??" Another word that is heavily overused..."just". And, another phrase that I hope fades away quickly..."I am just so over it!" I hear older women use these phrases, and it's pitiful. Are they trying to identify with their teenagers? is that their conversational language at home with the teens?

      Something else I see a great deal in texting, Facebook, blogs, forums, etc...all the grammatical mistakes. Is it my imagination, or have the mistakes increased in the last year? Doesn't anyone type out contractions correctly anymore? What about the use of capital letters when appropriate? As a 3rd grade teacher, it is my job to teach my students the correct use of grammar...speaking and writing. I'm not going to get very far if their main examples are what I listed above. Even adults who have blogs are some of the worst offenders.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 4 years ago

      My pet peeve is 'needs fixed' instead of 'needs to be fixed' followed closely by people that repeatedly start sentences with 'um'.

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      fluxappeal1 4 years ago

      The new overuse of the term "bespoke" by non Brits just looking to sound intelligent and exclusive...snort, my captcha for this comment is "cow twit"

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      fluxappeal1 4 years ago

      The new overuse of the term "bespoke" by non Brits just looking to sound intelligent and exclusive...snort, my captcha for this comment is "cow twit"

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      ntown123 4 years ago

      "As well" is so overused. It could almost always be replaced with "too". Often it doesn't need to be said at all. Just count the number of times you hear someone say "as well" tomorrow.

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      teleny 4 years ago

      Iconic. Used to mean "so famous and laden with meaning as to inspire reverence, like a Byzantine religious painting". Now means something like "you'd recognize it if you saw it".

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      Eastender 4 years ago

      - Bear with me

      - Basically

      - At the end of the day

      - Awesome

      - Fantastic

      - Like

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      angelosdaughter 4 years ago

      I am becoming sick of:

      must-have

      sheeple

      And REALLY sick of any adjective used with the word 'good', as in 'scary good', 'yummy good' etc,

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      angelosdaughter 4 years ago

      @abc4u: I have to defend "etc". I use it when the complete list of whatever I am citing would bore the listener/reader to tears. I give a couple of examples, then add 'etc' to indicate that the list goes on and on. I suppose I could just say '...and the list goes on and on'.

      The improper use of 'it's' in the possessive case has driven me crazy for years. The only time 'it' takes an apostrophe is when it's a contraction for 'it is'.

      Another thing I find repulsive is the media penchant for smashing together the names of celebrity couples such as 'Brangelina' or compacting a single name such as the current 'KPatz' and 'RStew' all of which remind me of a car wreck in which two cars are mashed together. The media is responsible for many of grammatical atrocities that enter the language.

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      jasonrn 4 years ago

      - Collaborate (and all of its made-up conjugates such as collaborative, collaboratively, etc.)

      - "At this point in time". How about right now?

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      Eastender 4 years ago

      - a lot

      - thankyou

      - could of

      - would of

      - should of, etcetera

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      Eastender 4 years ago

      - a lot

      - thankyou

      - could of

      - would of

      - should of, etcetera

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      sayki-atric 4 years ago

      There are a few.... Feet, meal and work come to mind.

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      sayki-atric 4 years ago

      Phrase would be.. I'm a person to...or Sorry I am human.

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      susan-smith2 4 years ago

      double down, kick the can down the road, talking points

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      transformers935 4 years ago

      Phrases would be I could care less, I don't care, or ask me if I care. People will often say, "I don't care what you think of me", when they really mean I disagree with your assessment of me. When a person is bored with the conversation, they will either say "I could care less, I don't care or ask me if I care". What they should actually say is something like "You are boring me to death. I would like to talk about something else." or "I don't share your enthusiasm with the topic you are discussing. I would like to talk about something that interests me.". If the person truly didn't care, they would be doing something else while the person is talking and not paying attention. Not caring is being indifferent. Being indifferent is not the same as disagreeing, being irritated, or being bored. When people say, "I could care less", they are actually contradicting what they are trying to say but saying what they are really thinking. It is one of those paradoxes.

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Interesting lens!

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      xkini10 4 years ago

      Hands down, (sorry if that is one of your peeves) SAME EXACT. I cringe when I hear it from someone very eloquent, for example, QVC and HSN.

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      michael-schmitt-90260 4 years ago

      Look. Politicians use this all the time. They mean "Listen to me,worn I'm right". I can't "look" at your words, Dumass. Also: At the end of the day. When I hear this I say: At the end of the day the clock reads 12:00.

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      michael-schmitt-90260 4 years ago

      @michael-schmitt-90260: Edit...sorry. Remove worn

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      michael-schmitt-90260 4 years ago

      @phaedeaux: Or, "the clock reads 12:00".

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      kletusramses 4 years ago

      I'm so damn sick of idiots saying: 'amazing', 'annoying, 'awesome', 'right?', and not knowing the difference between 'it's' and 'its'. This last one I see about 20 times a day. You don't write 'hi's' and 'her's' do you? Which just of course immediately brings to mind apostrophe abuse...Especially using apostrophes to pluralize: 'How many game's do you have?' or 'Jake and Son's' at the front of a store shop. Maddening.

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      cropland-hornsplay 4 years ago

      I know, right?

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      christopher-hall-1069 4 years ago

      The two most overused idiot America words are without a doubt the two listed below, watch any afternoon TV show such as Judge Judy every other word out of these morons mouths have actually surplanted the word LIKE. Makes me want to smash their heads with a baseball bat.

      (1) ISSUE when meaning problem

      (2) BASICALLY

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      coopertm 4 years ago

      The ubiquitous use of "share" for other, perfectly good verbs. "Share" seems to connote an intimacy that isn't necessarily wanted or appropriate.

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      jerry-serafine 4 years ago

      "That being said..." Drives me crazy! How about just, "however,..."

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      christopher-hall-1069 4 years ago

      fast up and coming moron speak: "it is what it is"

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      deannemaria-santinidevencia 4 years ago

      A few days ago I went into a particular shop to make a purchase. The goods that I required were out of stock. I asked the Customer service assistant to Order the goods for me; he replied - "yes madam, I can 'PRE-ORDER' this for you. I said no, I just want to ORDER IT. HE Just didn't get it. ORDER will suffice....

      This overuse and incorrectly used Prefix 'pre' (before) is my pet hate.

      pre comes from the Latin word prae meaning before. This prefix is used to mean 'before' in time, place, order, degree or importance.

      Here is a selection of words using this prefix.

      preamble (noun) - a preliminary statement.

      preamplifier / preamp (noun) - an electronic device that amplifiers a weak signal (usually a microphone or record-player) to a level suitable for a power amplifier.

      pre-arrange (verb) - arrange beforehand.

      precaution (n) action taken beforehand to avoid risk or ensure a good result.

      precede (verb) - come or go before in time, order or importance.

      precedent (noun) - a legal term referring to a previous case taken as a guide for subsequent cases or justification. In more common use, a precedent is an action or behaviour that indicates a possible future action. For example, "Are you setting a precedent by arriving late this morning?".

      prefix (noun) - a verbal element placed at the beginning of a word to qualify its meaning. For example, the opposite of a conformist is a non-conformist. In the previous sentence, non is the prefix.

      Misuse of the prefix in modern language.

      I have noticed several misuses of pre when signwriters and copyeditors coin new words.

      Medical insurance companies ask if you have have any pre-existing conditions. Surely they are asking what conditions you currently have that could affect the insurance policy?

      Pre-exist is not in my dictionary. What is meant by pre-existing? Is it something that existed before but doesn't exist now?

      When you are confronted by the pre-existing word, please ask the speaker if they meant existing.

      Another popular word is pre-order. Retail advertising implores me to "pre-order my copy NOW!". Why can't I just order the product? Pre-ordering implies I place the order previous to the release of a product. Surely the phrase "order your copy NOW" carries the same meaning without the unnecessary burden of a prefix?

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      rutko60 3 years ago

      Actually

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      Johnd784 2 years ago

      This actually answered my drawback, thank you! kefkeddagdae

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      Joshua Crowder 2 years ago from Akron, Ohio

      I hate the word literally. I have probably only used it 100 x's time in my life, but I tend to hear people use it out of context at least once a day everyday.

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      Ev 2 years ago

      I'm getting pretty sick of "perfect storm" and "boots on the ground".

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      CrossLite 24 months ago

      How many times can a Media (TV & Radio) personality use "as well" in 3 continuous sentences. Overused, redundant, trite and stupid phrase of all time!

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      teep 21 months ago

      "It's all good" is as bad as "it is what it is."

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      DP 20 months ago

      "Soz" or my brothers version "Sozzles" as a substitute for "Sorry". It's as dismissive as "Whatever", lacks any real remorse, feel extremely disrespectful especially when you're already angry and it's not even a real word! Like nails down a blackboard to me.

      Also, the phrase "Suck it up" is a very rude way of telling someone to get over something, one I am very embarassed to admit I used every other day until I got a telling off I richly deserved after using it during a row with my Mum.

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      Ginny 8 months ago

      I dislike "guess what?" People stick it in a sentence and don't even give us time to guess. What's the point?

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      Sean 8 months ago

      "Amazing": the most overused, exaggerated, embellishing adjective in the English language.

      i.e. "It was amazing how the sun came up today!"

      "a little bit": the most overworked, meaningless non-qualifying qualifier used endlessly by sportscasters during games and on sports talk shows subconsciously covering their asses when offering analysis.

      i.e. "Coming off that off season ending motorcycle accident where his femur was shattered into pieces he seems to be favoring that right leg...just a little bit."

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