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" !!
'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..."
I have only heard him say it when it seemed that the audience or media inquisitor was dismissing President Obama's comments or making contrary gestures or misinterpreting what he was saying and he was giving them a verbal cue to pay attention.
I 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
@ 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."
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.
Cool! I will go read it now. Link to this question page if you want-- we may get more good hate/love catch phrases. (Hm, now I'm wondering about the word "Cool" -- but I think I must keep it: also it is understood in so many countries...)
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"?
Oh yes, "keep in mind" --that's a good one. Similar maybe to "as you know," -- Oh dear, I think I will have to go reread some of my writings and see which of these phrases have slipped into my writing!
Sometimes people have said that to me and it was a good thing..they pointed out to me a fact or point that I may have overlooked. If the words are used repeatedly in an article or in every article the writer publishes, then I agree with what you say.
I 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 "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.
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 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)...
Ahh, I have cousins in New England, and the "wicked" thing has stayed with me. I like it! It seems to be one of those words that can be positive or negative (like "dude" in California) depending on how you say it.
"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.
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