What catch phrases do you hate or love?
I like the positive message, but "It's all good," really bugs me for some reason! On the other hand (another catch phrase...) I don't hate, "C'est la vie..."
One of my favorites is "A stitch in time saves nine". It's advice I should follow WAY more often. I think Ben Franklin said that. Then there's "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." And then a pretty serious one, "You can never go back."
What do I hate? Well, I hate when people abbreviate "Thx" or "K?" for "thanks" or "okay"--is it that big of a deal to spell it out? I mean really, "Thx"--how thankful could they really be if they didn't have time to type a couple more characters to thank you properly?
The other thing I hate is when people call me "Laurie" instead of "Laura". "Laurie" is a perfectly beautiful name--it's just not mine and they know it, and they say it in a diminutive way, making you feel 4 years old. Anybody else have that problem od having their names being "youth-enized"? Or with being called "Dear" or "Deary" by your older relatives/coworkers?
I'm not crazy about goofy abbreviations, either, but, in this day of character-delimited forums such as Twitter, I understand THERE the need to shorten & use as few characters as possible: " 2 B able 2 fit all U need 2 say? K? Thx." ;-)
Somehow proverbs are less irritating (to me)-- "A stitch in time.." is like "Don't spoil the ship for a ha'porth of tar.." One of my foreign adult students was very upset at being called "Ma-am" --she thought she was being addressed as "Man" !!
I forgot to add this one--when people are calling someone else and they say "Hi, it's me". ("me" providing no additional information about the caller.)
I love "Make it so" which is from Star Trek the Next Generation, Captain Bicard says it all the time.
I hate "Were not in Kansas anymore" from Wizard of Oz. I think it is just played out, even though it was a classic movie.
The catch phrase I have to say which you might not have heard of is, "Dialing for dollars". Which I have to say to motivate me at work when I am make hundreds of sales calls everyday.
But there are so many more catch phrases I enjoy, I wish I had the time to list them all.
'Let me be clear' - I have grown to hate it since I've heard it time and again from President Obama
Whether President Obama's upcoming State of the Union address focuses on jobs, health care, foreign policy or something else entirely, there is one thing we can count on: Obama will make himself absolutely clear.
All politicians have their verbal tics -- say, John McCain's "my friends" -- but few resort to their crutches as often as Obama relies on his "let me be clear" set-up. He deploys it in formal speeches as well as in impromptu remarks, meaning that the White House speechmakers have keyed in on the boss's security blanket.
When Obama says "Let me be clear" he means "for you stooges who are too stupid to understand..."
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co … 72_pf.html
Thanks for letting me know about this one. I used it too. I should link to you in my Hub.
I agree with this one. "Let me be clear" leaves no room for conversation, but then again, the President must sometimes be unpopular in order to get something done. Hopefully something good.
I have only heard him say it when it seemed that the audience or media inquisitor was dismissing President Obama's comments or making contrary gestures or misinterpreting what he was saying and he was giving them a verbal cue to pay attention.
Great question Ciel,
I hate "just sayin'" and the overused "thinking outside the box".
I'll "get back to you" if I come up with any I love :-)
I love "Don't go the way life takes you..Take the lift the way you go" ...
I know I sound "uncool" by saying this, but I don't really like the phrase "my bad." Why can't people just apologize instead?
I do love the phrase "another day in a paradise." I love to say it when people ask how I am doing
I used "my bad" too. It's so "five minutes ago." Still, "it is what it is."
Ha! That reminds me-- my mother used to try to say "My bad" but she would say, "Bad me"
The phrase, "it is what it is," annoys me to no end because it's over used. Imagination could lend itself to a new phrase.
Yes! That's the one I hate most, I should add it to my Hub.
I just knew someone was going to mention this one, but I have to agree. This is so overused that it's just plain irritating.
Yes, what exactly does that mean? Nothing to me. I hear it in business meetings a lot.
@ Patty--as far as I can tell (and I've been guilty of using it myself now & then), it means, "go with the flow;" "don't worry about it;" "there's nothing that can be done about it, so deal with it and move on."
Ug, I agree. It is what it is. At the end of the day. So to say. It's all good.
I hate it when politicians say, "It's the right thing to do".
I'm just glad to hear they know what's right and wrong, so they know when they're doing wrong.
99% of the time it isn't the right thing to do. Maybe it is the right thing for their financial position and power grab.
(I thought I answered this, but it seems my answer didn't post. So, if this is duplicated, my apologies.)
I am sick and tired of hearing "green" everything. Green packaging; green solutions; green energy; green cars; going green!
Enough, already. How about something more original? How about just speaking of being responsible and mindful of our environment?
Why not save all the 'green' for jealousy, seasickness, trees, grass and Kermit the Frog?
I'm with you--just be environmentally a good person. You don't have to be "green" or, worse yet, worry about your "carbon footprint". You have to worry about the planet and other people's need to use it, too, not and in the future.
Funny! At our nearest store they sell blue cloth grocery bags printed with the message "This bag is green."
I made a Hub about it. I hope it's okay to post the link here.
I used some of the suggestions here in my Hub. I should link to you guys. Please let me know if there's a specific page you'd like me to link to.
Phrases like step up to the plate or open-up - pretty much any cliche they say on the show The Bachelor!
I tuned off from the trite phrase "keep in mind..." while reading content-spun work over three years ago, because it often shows the work of one turning out many 500-word articles for $1.00 each, "keep in mind" being a standard phrase in low-pay freelance work of a kind. The overused phrase can leak into more serious writing and daily speech and be abrasive and phoney.
"Keep in mind" does not make one sound smart or qualified. It makes one sound too busy to find facts, a superficial filler statement to add to word count or to boost thoughts unable to stand alone with authority. I hope I have broken myself from ever using that phrase again in my lifetime.
In lighter news, it took me a long while to get used to "Wazzup?" What happened to "Hello, it's great to see you"?
I had never thought of the phrase "keep in mind" that is interesting and I can see it now that you mention it. Thank you for bringing that to my attention
Oh yes, "keep in mind" --that's a good one. Similar maybe to "as you know," -- Oh dear, I think I will have to go reread some of my writings and see which of these phrases have slipped into my writing!
Sometimes people have said that to me and it was a good thing..they pointed out to me a fact or point that I may have overlooked. If the words are used repeatedly in an article or in every article the writer publishes, then I agree with what you say.
"No offense". It's ridiculous. If we are to criticize in a constructive manner then there is no need to say it. No offense to anyone. Hehe
Yes! Or when someone says, "It's nothing personal, but..." Of course it's personal.
I have noticed that when a sentence is started or ending in "no offense" the sentence surrounding it is usually pretty offensive.. Or, is that just me who noticed that?
Haha. When I'm writing in my cat Twitch's voice, he says that pretty often. And it's always right before he says something very offensive.
I hate it when people say "I could care less". That means you care at least a little if you're capable of caring less. "I couldn't care less" makes sense.
Yes! "I couldn't care less" is the proper form. The folks that say "...could..." instead are demonstrating both carelessness and a failure to understand word meanings.
This type of sentence is always tricky to explain to students studying the English language.
I totally agree! I've been saying that for years and thought I was alone on that. My husband drives me nuts with it and also says "You better be lucky I..." ugh! You mean "you're lucky I...?" His phrases are wrong all the time. Good grief...
I actually use both "I could care less" and "I couldn't care less" -- For me the first is more sarcastic, as in "I could care less (but I don't)" -emphasizing the 'could' to imply the negative. Hadn't thought about that before! Good comment.
Recently, and especially on social networking sites like facebook and Twitter, everyone seems to be posting YOLO (You only live once). While I never had a problem with this phrase before, people are just using it for everything. For example, "I made toast #YOLO." Because of this, I'd have to say that I've come to dislike this saying.
I hate the phrase "it's not rocket science!" I think because it is often used when I am struggling with something.
Quite a few have already been mentioned, but a big peeve of mine is "at this point in time" or "let's do lunch" instead "let's have lunch".
I hate "YOLO." If you're out of the loop, it means "you only live once." It might be a great saying for anyone who's out there trying to live their life to the max, but it's mostly used by teenagers as an excuse to do dumb things while expecting little to no consequences.
Yeah I recently discovered this one. I kept seeing it everywhere and had no idea what it was and then I heard it in a song and was like "REALLY???" LOL I'd rather hear or see "you only live once" than YOLO. It just sounds/looks silly to me.
In the past year or two I have been hearing people say "LOL!" (not as l.o.l, but as a word rhyming with "doll" --have you been hearing this? ndaffinee, what do you think?
I don't know why and I don't even know if it counts but I love to say : "That's what she said." I just cannot stop.
LOL. I have an issue with repeating what someone says when I think its hilarious. I'm always saying "she said..." or "he said..." and repeating what someone literally just said LOL. I don't know why but I can't seem to stop either
I think Djaak is referring to the gag where saying "that's what she said!" can turn anything into a sexual innuendo.
You're talking about two different things.
I love "It makes sense if you don't think about it"..
I hate when I'm having a conversation with someone and their replies are "True, True" (even worse True Dat or True Dawg)
Being a recent transplant to New England from Orlando, it cracks me up the way the word "Wicked" is used up here.. "Wicked Smart", "'Wicked low prices", "Wicked Deals"...
I heard the best use of the word "Wicked" driving to work the other day. I heard a Bank Commercial touting the fact that they had "Wicked Low Rates!"... A bank....
(It makes sense if You don't think about it)...
" Make no mistake about it" Thanks Geo. W. World's most annoying. " In a perfect world". Every time I hear someone say that, I want to kill someone.
And what devalues life more than, " Time is money."
I hate "you know" and "I told you so".
I love "See I was right".
"Good times to be had/were had by all" is one of my favorites even though I only use it mostly out of habit.
It comes in handy when someone asks me how an event went and I don't feel like describing each detail.
It also works to sum up what activities will be offered at a get-together I plan/attend.
My second favorite "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt" from "Slaughterhouse-5" by Kurt Vonnegut. But it loses its charm each time I see someone misuse it...
It gets misused a LOT.
Hearing someone say “It’s not my job” absolutely drives me crazy especially when it is something simple that would literally take two seconds!
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