Words, usages, and phrases that annoy the shit out of you...

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Lately, "veggies" has been bugging the shit out of me... too flip, too Australian sounding. Also, "At the end of the day..." is being heavily abused by politicos... a new catch-phrase with no meaning.

Now, a small cadre of philistines in my office has been using the word "outreach" as a NOUN... "Were you able to establish some outreach with the printers?" etc.

What language abuses have been rubbing you raw lately?

andy, Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"TURN BACK YOU POXY FULE"

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

what?

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

That seems like it'd be right up your alley, TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY

oops (Oops), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My friends got into saying "P-word" as a jokingly PC way of saying "pussy" .. i.e. - "so-and-so is a p-word." I tried to explain that it's a real pussy move to be afraid of saying pussy and hypocritical of anyone then to call anyone else a p-word. I think it fell on deaf ears.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

my p hurts!

Eisbär (llamasfur), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 22:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If my dad wants to agree with something you've said, he says "This is true." It really, really gets me annoyed, for no other reason than overuse as far as I can think.

caitlin (caitlin), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Have a Cool Yule!" - I haven't actually heard this lately but because of the season I remembered this the other day and darkly mulled over its wankiness.

Chriddof (Chriddof), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

using "Cool Yule" seems like it should automatically warrant a knife in the face.

El Santo Claus (Kingfish), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My father met Cheech Marin while drunk and got his autograph. My father is not the autograph type, but kept it because it is a small bar napkin that says "BE COOL FOOL, CHEECH." A man of few words, that Cheech.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I cant stand it when I hear someone say 'impactful' is that even a word? Impact is not a property, its created.

bill stevens (bscrubbins), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm getting really pissed of with american interpretations of 'Liberal', 'Libertarian' and 'Conservative'

Ed (dali), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I also get upset about "N-Word" as well. If you're using it in a critical context, people will understand that. If you're not, then you should have the conviction to let people hear it if you want to say it.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I hate "touch base" and "metrosexual"

phil-two (phil-two), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

OH come on, let's touch bases.

TEH ONE AN ONLEY DEANN GULBAREY (deangulberry), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, "metrosexual" is possible the lamest noun of the new millenia.

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Or is it an adjective? I don't know.

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

If my dad wants to agree with something you've said, he says "This is true." It really, really gets me annoyed, for no other reason than overuse as far as I can think.

-- caitlin (wpsal...) (webmail), December 23rd, 2003. (caitlin)


Oh yes, yes yes. I second that one. And the people who say it, say it over and over.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

But Ed, those words have different interpretations in almost every country in which they are used.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I blame the consolidation of global political power and the diminution of class mobility on people who write in the passive voice.

I also have a horror of people who write prolifically in all caps.

felicity (felicity), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


"It must say something about ILX that this is the most repeated topic of all time..."

This is true.

But, this is a topic that should be dealt with routinely and harshly... the only way we can correct the language and suppress it's organic growth is by exposing and banning every new usage as it occurs... Isn't that what the French do?

andy, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Least favorite (mis)usage ever - "ON accident..." it's BY accident you fucking moron!!

Also: 'fridge,' girls who refer to each other as 'girl,' proactive...i'll be back when i think of more....

roger adultery, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I know, oops, but still it pisses me off.

Ed (dali), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 00:54 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The recurrence of this topic is always accompanied by the recurrence of complaint about its recurrence.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 01:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Space. All this crap about needing space. Fuck off, then.

Roderick the Visigoth. (Jake Proudlock), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

All girls must now refer to one another as "guy"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

ok?

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Wednesday, 24 December 2003 03:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Using "Sexy" in a business environment that has nothing to do with sex. As in "this is a very sexy proposal for our company". Well, I guess, if ripping people off is what turns you on.

BrianB (BrianB), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 05:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'exact same'.

luna (luna.c), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 20:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"bird" instead of "girl" or "woman". AAAAAARGH.

Melly E (Melly E), Wednesday, 24 December 2003 21:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

When people call each other 'babe' and the completely inappropriate use of the word 'literally'. Also can I add at this point, even if it may not be entirely relevant, the unjustifiable grammatical error in Rachael Stevens' song 'Sweet Dreams My LA Ex' : "accuse me of things I never done." And I've listened hard for "I've never done" to try and give her the benefit of the doubt but she doesn't say it.

barbara wintergreen, Monday, 29 December 2003 18:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Begging the question" and "chomping at the bit." The first is almost always used incorrectly, and the second should be "champing," Goddamn it.

Salmon Pink (Salmon Pink), Monday, 29 December 2003 20:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

or "bits"

Curt1s St3ph3ns, Monday, 29 December 2003 20:34 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'any way shape or form'. Most heard in full-media-glare denials of misdeeds. Used by dodgy sportsmen who have been 'coached' by their minders for the occasion. It immediately strips the first dozen layers of credibility from whatever statement is being made.

'poetic justice'. Used by the lazy to describe all 'justice' the speaker approves of, instead of a particular type. The adjective is rendered meaningless.

Agree re 'bird' for woman/girl, and lament its threatened return. Stinks of 'I'm being un-PC, where's my medal?'. Also the C-person uses it, which kinda ends the argument.

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Monday, 29 December 2003 23:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

optics

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

also photonic inplace of optic

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"the....(insert superlative)...in pop."

barbara wintergreen, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

To return to the top of the thread, I still after 20 odd years gag on 'outreach' as a VERB....

Fred Nerk (Fred Nerk), Tuesday, 30 December 2003 00:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the mightily empty "i could care less" variant on being unable to do the same

ermes marana, Tuesday, 30 December 2003 01:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
People who pronounce the word "presentation" as "PRE-sentation".

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

since i was reading some VICIOUS anti- rachael ray sentiment last night and i'm still feelin' the love: "E.V.O.O. EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL"

s/c (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"YUM-O"

s/c (Jody Beth Rosen), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

cf.

gear (gear), Thursday, 18 August 2005 07:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Also: 'fridge,'

Wait, huh? Fridge is the thing you put food in, whats wrong with it?

Trayce (trayce), Thursday, 18 August 2005 08:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Saying "it impacted on me" instead of "it had an impact on me"... well that's annoying enough but, just recently, I've heard people say "it impacted me" - which surely would only make sense if the speaker was a molar?

Diddyismus (Dada), Thursday, 18 August 2005 09:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

'fridge,'

I'm picturing him saying things such as "Would you like me to remove another beverage from the refrigerator for you, whilst we watch some association football?"

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

bougie, instead of bourgeois. heard it four times last week.

naus (Robert T), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Chav"

Diddyismus (Dada), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

bourgie?

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 18 August 2005 10:42 (twelve years ago) Permalink

big data
big ag
big pharma
big oil
big tobacco

marcos, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

big hair

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"normies"

Monster fatberg (Phil D.), Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:32 (two weeks ago) Permalink

failson

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

3 days behind

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

oooo word, well it bears repeating

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 19:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seems antithetical

Evan, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

lol ok otm

flappy bird, Tuesday, 2 January 2018 20:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

idk

Seems kinda like there could be a hiatus on dudes/bros for a while when used as short

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:05 (one week ago) Permalink

hand for dislike of men

idk tho

phantom submit there dudes btw

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 7 January 2018 00:06 (one week ago) Permalink

a balmy _____ degrees

marcos, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:50 (one week ago) Permalink

Glamping.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:57 (one week ago) Permalink

Nicknames for Donald Trump

flappy bird, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:42 (one week ago) Permalink

45 scoops of cheetos

how's life, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Truth bomb.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:59 (one week ago) Permalink

lame trump nicknames should be a given at this point

very stabbable gaius (wins), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:06 (six days ago) Permalink

1/2 term, two scoops, Drumpf, 45, Tr*mp, Cheetos and variations... grow the fuck up. is it really that hard to deal with? it's been a year

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:16 (six days ago) Permalink

Trump l'Oily

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:18 (six days ago) Permalink

Have u been here a year? Time flies

Hunt3r, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:47 (six days ago) Permalink

i am not donald trump

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:12 (six days ago) Permalink

buckle in for 3-7 more years of people saying "pee tape" daily

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:29 (six days ago) Permalink

oh hell yeah

that one really confuses me because the dossier does not say that trump got peed on or wanted to get peed on. he wanted the prostitutes to pee on the bed that obama slept in. yet everyone that says pee tape, they think it's a tape of trump being peed on or even peeing on the bed himself? no. wtf? how did this happen

flappy bird, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:37 (six days ago) Permalink

Chinese Pisspers

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:43 (six days ago) Permalink

"pedagogy" where "teaching" would be simpler and clearer. pedagogy has a use obv but i feel like it's used too often to add unneeded weight

marcos, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 15:10 (six days ago) Permalink

oh hell yeah

that one really confuses me because the dossier does not say that trump got peed on or wanted to get peed on. he wanted the prostitutes to pee on the bed that obama slept in. yet everyone that says pee tape, they think it's a tape of trump being peed on or even peeing on the bed himself? no. wtf? how did this happen

― flappy bird, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:37 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah and when you step back from this for a moment, it's like DEEPLY insignificant other than just being Exh. 82036691 in the case that Trump is kind of a dick. Yet people are like "OOOOH PLEASE LET THIS NEW REVELATION BE CONFIRMATION OF THE PEE TAPE THAT WOULD BE THE BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT!" Supports my theory that a lot of Russiagaters are just the "oooh he said a bad word!" kid grown up.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:08 (six days ago) Permalink

Similarly, I always felt that the extreme obsession with the "grab her by the pussy" quote was about more than just sexual assault and betrayed a fascination with the sordid and juvenile, even though it's certainly also about sexual assault.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:11 (six days ago) Permalink

people are fascinated by sordid revelations about famous people. News at eleven

Number None, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:19 (six days ago) Permalink

a lot of Russiagaters are just the "oooh he said a bad word!" kid grown up

I don't disagree. And clearly the pro-Trump contingent is all like, "I lofe that Trump drives the pearl-clutching libs and the 'civilized' political profession crazy." So every time we appear to be merely clutching pearls, we do play into those people's hands to an extent. "Yeah! He's upsetting the swamp dwellers, and that's exactly why we voted for him! NO, it's 'not normal,' he's shaking up the conventional orthodoxies that have gotten us nowhere." Etc.

BUT, I'm also so opposed to him that I don't care what it is that gums up the works and/or takes him down. Russia, Rwanda, Rhode Island, whatever. Any and all ammunition to hand.

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:24 (six days ago) Permalink

I'm immediately exhausted and awkward whenever anyone wants to talk about how amazing the Baldwin impressions are, or some other late night talk show joke about him- to the point I worry people might think I'm a Trump supporter. It's more that the those things make too much light of the whole situation and it feels as shallow as anything his supporters/GOP latch onto that's aimed in the opposite direction. Both too petty and too lighthearted. Only Vic Berger can effectively capture the horror show in the way I see it, by pinpointing the idiocy/ridiculousness and amplifying it. And Tim Heidecker's character in On Cinema & Decker is mostly a perfect portrayal of that exact kind of delusional asshole but in a setting that is more believable than the real life one Trump somehow occupies, without being the typical OMG Trump Impression LOL get rekt 800 million views

Evan, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:44 (six days ago) Permalink

trump broke ilx :(

Mordy, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:46 (six days ago) Permalink

maybe four years off would do us all some good, we could come back refreshed with bold new zings, a great repository of saved-up petty complaints about life in the end times, and ready to poll everything all over again.

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:48 (six days ago) Permalink

“Veg” (for “vegetables”; “to veg out” is fine)
“Kit” as in “a good piece of kit”

Hate both of these BrEisms.

AAVE-originating slang when deprived of all meaning by white ppl and brands.

“Punch up” is now a thought-terminating cliche and sounds childish.

The Bridge of Ban Louis J (silby), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:49 (six days ago) Permalink

I remember when it was something you did to scripts

President Keyes, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:51 (six days ago) Permalink

Evan - there's chuckling at the boorishness in our spare time, and regarding it .

Hah, he can't spell, his hair looks ridic, he eats shitty food, Bannon wears multiple shirts, covfefe, Diet Coke.

If the #resistance began and ended there, that would be one thing, and it would be pretty weak-ass.

The thing is that most decent people are ALSO horrified about "tax reform," Dreamer shenanigans, travel ban, relaxed environmental regulations, poking North Korea with a stick, and defending Nazis. I mean, I feel like we CAN mostly walk and chew gum.

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 20:53 (six days ago) Permalink

Well I'm not actually angry at anyone for wanted to joke about the situation in that way, it's just that it feels so insufficient and easy that I end up having no patience.

Evan, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:08 (six days ago) Permalink

the extreme obsession with the "grab her by the pussy" quote was about more than just sexual assault and betrayed a fascination with the sordid and juvenile

We've had plenty of crude and profane presidents. Both LBJ and Nixon loved crudity. But this was on a different level than mere crudity. There was (and continues to be) an element of shock and incredulity that a man capable of casually bragging about assaulting women was a major party nominee for president. Among the thousand awful or inane things he's said or done in the past 20 months, this still stands out as one of the ugliest of his self-indictments.

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:18 (six days ago) Permalink

this still stands out as one of the ugliest of his self-indictments

Not just an indictment of him himself, but also of everyone who yawned and said "oh, that's just boastful locker-room banter" and voted for the fucker anyway. Because, y'know, her emails.

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:50 (six days ago) Permalink

omg you just said "her emails" on the words, usages and phrases that annoy you thread

Mordy, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 21:54 (six days ago) Permalink

lol

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 22:14 (six days ago) Permalink

"I moved on her like a bitch" was the sleeper hit of that tape, in that it makes no sense... what does that mean?

Evan I feel the same way about people in the Trump & GWB admin being 'rehabilitated' in the eyes of the public. the most egregious example being Sean Spicer at the Emmy's. larfing about GWB being a clown is not as maddening bc that's just the way time works, people forget easily, but damn, Scaramucci on CNN? Spicer at the Emmy's? totally baffling

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:11 (five days ago) Permalink

"Self-reflection."

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 11 January 2018 02:22 (five days ago) Permalink

third wheel

tokyo rosemary, Thursday, 11 January 2018 05:13 (five days ago) Permalink

sorry not sorry

© louis jagger/richards (Pillbox), Thursday, 11 January 2018 09:25 (five days ago) Permalink

^otm

flappy bird, Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:30 (five days ago) Permalink

"Gravity always wins"

Is this ever more than a meaningless expression where banal poetics are meant to invoke an ostensible poignancy?

'See also ppl thinking "craven" means shameless"

Thank you! I've recently had to look it up to make sure I was using it correctly.

ed.b, Thursday, 11 January 2018 20:54 (five days ago) Permalink

Narrator:

Mordy, Friday, 12 January 2018 04:34 (four days ago) Permalink

Gravity just confuses me

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Friday, 12 January 2018 06:24 (four days ago) Permalink

any attempt to spin anything donald trump says into a pun or a joke or a slogan.

flappy bird, Friday, 12 January 2018 07:01 (four days ago) Permalink

wtev was that a sfa reference because now I'm not sure if clarity or gravity has been confusing me

kinder, Friday, 12 January 2018 08:56 (four days ago) Permalink

wtev was that a sfa reference because now I'm not sure if clarity or gravity has been confusing me


Yes guilty

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Saturday, 13 January 2018 06:19 (three days ago) Permalink


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