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Apperently Oxford university had 'absolutely' nothing better to do so they did a 'fairly unique' little study 'at the end of the day'. 'I personally' think, 'with all due respect' of course, that 'at this moment in time' they 'shouldn't of' even thought about this at any time not even 24/7. I mean come folks 'it's a nightmare' 'it's not rocket science'
There I hope I bugged them enough:icecream:

***Other phrases to irritate people are "literally" and "ironically", when they are used out of context.

Mr Butterfield said: "We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often – an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism – and the same seems to happen with some language."

The top ten most irritating phrases:

1 - At the end of the day

2 - Fairly unique

3 - I personally

4 - At this moment in time

5 - With all due respect

6 - Absolutely

7 - It's a nightmare

8 - Shouldn't of

9 - 24/7

10 - It's not rocket science
 

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This isn't unusual. Writing students are taught to avoid trite phrases and words in their work. Lists have been compiled of these phrases for years.
The one that personally bugs me is: "legend has it".
 

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Every time I hear the phrase "It's a win-win situation" I make sure my wallet is protected.
 

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I was always taught that the only time you use such phrases in writing is when you are trying to capture a moment in time, or when you are trying to capture the flavor of a culture.
 

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I was always taught that the only time you use such phrases in writing is when you are trying to capture a moment in time, or when you are trying to capture the flavor of a culture.
ehhh I just wanna capture the flavor of ice cream:icecream:
 

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I'm a former English teacher, and the only one of those that bothers me is "shouldn't of."

I did have the challenge of teaching my students not to call people they didn't like "morphodites." They learned the pronunciation and meaning of hermaphrodite. :)

It was a very small, conservative, Catholic community, and I feared for my job.
 

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My editor has a bias against "as well as." I don't like "plus," and I get tired of "also" and "too." Doesn't leave much. :shrug:
 

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I received the following in my email along with a picture of HRH Queen Elizabeth.

To the citizens of the United States of America from Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
In light of your failure in recent years to nominate competent candidates for President of the USA and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.
(You should look up 'revocation' in the Oxford English Dictionary.)
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical duties over all states, commonwealths, and territories (except Kansas, which she does not fancy).
Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, will appoint a Governor for America without the need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded. A questionnaire may be circulated next year to determine whether any of you noticed.
To aid in the transition to a British Crown dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
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1. The letter 'U' will be reinstated in words such as 'colour,' 'favour,' 'labour' and 'neighbour.' Likewise, you will learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters, and the suffix '-ize' will be replaced by the suffix '-ise.' Generally, you will be expected to raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels. (look up 'vocabulary').
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2. Using the same twenty-seven words interspersed with filler noises such as ''like' and 'you know' is an unacceptable and inefficient form of communication. There is no such thing as U.S. English.. We will let Microsoft know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to take into account the reinstated letter 'u'' and the elimination of '-ize.'
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3. July 4th will no longer be celebrated as a holiday.
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4. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns, lawyers, or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and therapists shows that you're not quite ready to be independent. Guns should only be used for shooting grouse. If you can't sort things out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist,then you're not ready to shoot grouse..
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5. Therefore, you will no longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous than a vegetable peeler. Although a permit will be required if you wish to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
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6. All intersections will be replaced with roundabouts, and you will start driving on the left side with immediate effect. At the same time, you will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of conversion tables. Both roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the British sense of humour.
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7. The former USA will adopt UK prices on petrol (which you have been calling gasoline) of roughly $10/US gallon. Get used to it.
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8. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call French fries are not real chips, and those things you insist on calling potato chips are properly called crisps. Real chips are thick cut, fried in animal fat, and dressed not with catsup but with vinegar.
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9. The cold, tasteless stuff you insist on calling beer is not actually beer at all. Henceforth, only proper British Bitter will be referred to as beer, and European brews of known and accepted provenance will be referred to as Lager. Australian beer is also acceptable, as they are pound for pound the greatest sporting nation on earth and it can only be due to the beer. They are also part of the British Commonwealth - see what it did for them. American brands will be referred to as Near-Frozen Gnat's Pee, so that all can be sold without risk of further confusion.
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10. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as good guys. Hollywood will also be required to cast English actors to play English characters. Watching Andie Macdowell attempt English dialogue in Four Weddings and a Funeral was an experience akin to having one's ears removed with a cheese grater.
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11. You will cease playing American football. There is only one kind of proper football; you call it soccer. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which has some similarities to American football, but does not involve stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body armour like a bunch of nancies)..
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12. Further, you will stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an event called the World Series for a game which is not played outside of America. Since only 2.1% of you are aware there is a world beyond your borders, your error is understandable. You will learn cricket, and we will let you face the Australians first to take the sting out of their deliveries.
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13. You must tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us mad.
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14. An internal revenue agent (i.e tax collector) from Her Majesty's Government will be with you shortly to ensure the acquisition of all monies due (backdated to 1776).
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15. Daily Tea Time begins promptly at 4 p.m. with proper cups, with saucers, and never mugs, with high quality biscuits (cookies) and cakes; plus strawberries (with cream) when in season.

God Save the Queen!

PS: Only share this with friends who have a good sense of humour (NOT humor)!
 

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I think what is most irritating is that they are British, not English. So much for international relations. And they weren't even capitalized!
 

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One of my biggest bug-bears is 'off of'. :grit:

Almost as bad is 'different than' (should be 'different from').

Then there's the horribly insincere checkout-girl special: 'Have a nice day!'. Or worse still 'Enjoy you day'.

And 'in the current scenario' - in fact any phrase using 'scenario'.

I hate bad spelling: like 'irratate' (sorry, TA! should be 'irritate'), 'definAtely' (should be 'definitely'), 'your' (instead of you're meaning 'you are'), and an apostrophe to indicate a plural. :nono:

I totally relate to the QE2 email, being Australian. The American system of spelling makes very little sense at all. Take, for example, the final '-er' in words such as 'center' or 'meter'. If you use that system, it stuffs up the adjectives of those nouns, and it follows that you should then have 'centeral' instead of 'central', and 'meteric' instead of 'metric'. :stirpot:

How about the GWB special 'nucular' (instead of 'nuclear')?

Gee, we could fill this entire thread with GWBisms!
 

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I would like to knock up side the head the person responsible for the slang "not so much". That phrase makes my skin crawl.
 

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I received the following in my email along with a picture of HRH Queen Elizabeth.
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Your new Prime Minister, Gordon Brown
That should have read MY Prime Minister. Officially, the British leadership offices are ministers of the crown.

(Just one of my linguistic pet peeves.)
 

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I want to scream every time I hear' "outside the box".

"Heavy lifting' is getting tired too.
 

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Rose my hometown had a big sign on a synagogue (or church?) that said "SAVE SOVIET JEWRY" We always asked mom and dad why Soviet jewelry needed saving.

Guess it's because I had a coworker who overused it but "the reality is..." or for a decade or so "paradigm shift" always got me rolling my eyes. And I am never able to use them seriously.
 

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Some of my pet peeves have already been mentioned. With all due respect is one of them, it usually prefaces something disrespectful. Buzzword, a.m. in the morning, prolly, too much on my plate, and the bottom line are a few others.
 

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These have begun to irritate me. They're being used too, too much, by a certain type people.
Over the top
State of the art
Thinking outside the box
 
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