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What are some phrases that you despise the most?
A lot of times, people ask for a favorite phrase or quotation. Now, I will ask for the opposite. What are your least-liked quotations and phrases.
The first one that comes to my mind are “Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you will land among the stars.” I dislike it because it displays an unrealistic notion that a person will always succeed. It is also said by people way too often.
The next one that comes to mind is “Better luck next year” because although it is supposed to mean that you will get another chance, it seems to point out the fact that failure is permanent. It is also said by way too many people, such that it is impossible for everyone to actually mean what they are saying, so it feels sarcastic.
So, what are your least-liked phrases? Why do you hate them so much? Are they victims of over-usage, or something else?