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What phrases or sayings do you find annoying or seem odd to you?

Asked by jca (35976points) August 9th, 2014

What phrases or sayings do you find annoying? What phrases or sayings seem odd to you?

For me, it’s “don’t get your undies in a twist.” To me, something about it seems unnecessarily hostile.

Also, “pull up your big boy (or big girl) pants.” It just seems like something a 12 year old would say.

One more: “No worries.” I know it seems gentle and sweet, but for some reason it’s annoying. I’m not sure why. I guess I’m more used to “no problem” or just “it’s ok.”

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hearkat's avatar

I’m getting tired of hearing, “at the end of the day,” when people are trying to make a point. I had one trainer use it numerous times when trying to explain his company’s position on a controversial decision they’d made.

dxs's avatar

”(the) hubs”
”(the) hubby”
“chill out”
“benefit of the doubt”
“hit the nail on the head”
“same difference”
“I have to (dis)agree with”
“I’m gong to have to (dis)agree with”
“I tend to (dis)agree with”
“reality of the situation”
“killin’ it”
“what happens next will amaze you” (been seeing too much of this on Facebook lately…) and as @hearkat points out, any phrase that gets overused by someone…or something.
“Fact from fiction. Truth from Diction.”

Pachy's avatar

This question comes up a lot, but I always enjoy commenting on it.

I’ve previously listed many words/phrases that annoy me, but lately there are two that I hear over and over on NPR that make me crazy, both used to start sentences: “So…” when replying to a question and “Having said that …” after having just previously rambled on with an answer.

dappled_leaves's avatar

@dxs ””(the) hubs, (the) hubby”

Ugh. Agreed, and I will add “DH” or “dear husband”. Yuck.

Aster's avatar

“I’m good.” “when asking someone if they want anything)
“No problem.” (when thanking a waiter for bringing your food)

Aster's avatar

“It’s all good.” This is the worst. Fingernails across a blackboard.
“Right on.” When someone agree with what you’ve just said . This is going out of style I think. I hope.
” I’ll see what The Boss has to say.” Said by men while pretending their wives rule the house when they don’t. Very fake.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Ha, I say all of the things you find annoying.

-“Hubs,” “Hubby,” or “DH” as mentioned
-“And/or what-not”
-“No offense” or “not to be rude, but…”
-“I could care less”
-“Think outside the box”
-“That’s so gay”
-“No homo”
-“Bestie” or “BFF”

Aster's avatar

@livelaughlove21 I just laughed out loud at your list. “Think outside the box” is hilarious as is “no homo.” LOL “110%.” LOL!

kritiper's avatar

Calling women “gals.” To me, it’s the same as calling them “meat.”

canidmajor's avatar

@dappled_leaves : my recently divorced friend still refers to her ex as DH, but makes sure to point out that she means Dick Head. :-)

Aster's avatar

@kritiper at my age I’d be thrilled to be called “meat.” As in, “have you seen that meat with the black hair?” LOL!!! Or, “have you seen that piece of meat he married?” lol

cazzie's avatar

I hate it here, when people end their sentence with, ‘ikke sant?’ every time. Or ‘skjønner du?’ Grrr. It is the equivalent of saying, ‘ya know?’ Or, ‘am I right?’ After everything. I hate it when men call me ‘dear’.

I don’t call my ex DH but that is hilarious. I call him m^3. Stands for ‘minst mulig man.’

KNOWITALL's avatar

The overused “right?!” is annoying. I use hubs a lot since I’m on my phone, sorry.

rojo's avatar

“and uh….”

majorrich's avatar

I find the use of “Growing the” whatever to be irritating. I believe it to be technically correct, but it doesn’t sound right to me. Plus, it’s getting overused.

ucme's avatar

“I’m sorry for your loss”
Sentences/statements ending with “right now”
“We can work through this

livelaughlove21's avatar

@majorrich Huh? “Growing the…”? Care to use it in a sentence?

Aster's avatar

“I’ll walk you through it.”
Biblical sayings that are arguably dumb. “If He brought you to it he can bring you through it.” Or something like that. “If God is for us who can be against us?” “God knows every hair on your head.” (how useful) “If two or more of you ask anything in my name it shall be done.”

AshLeigh's avatar

“Chivalry is dead” when someone doesn’t pull out a woman’s chair for her, or something. If you look up the Code of Chivalry, you’ll find that there’s only one thing that says anything about respecting woman, and the rest is just about battling.

Shortening the word perfect to “perf” which actually means perforated.

“I could care less.” That means you care.

“That’s just your opinion.” No shit, Professor Dickmouth. Everyone already knows it’s my opinion by virtue of the fact that I just said it.

“It takes one to know one.” Congratulations, you’ve rebuked nothing.

“Some of the best things in life are free.” Yeah? Well so are some of the worst. Like cancer.

Hypocrisy_Central's avatar

Fact from fiction, truth from diction (you have my permission to be annoyed, and you can be annoyed I said I gave you permission to be ~~). There are phrases and words I am sick and tired of hearing:

• Fat shaming
• Metabolically challenged
• You feel me?
• N***a
• My n***a
• Baby-daddy/baby-mamma
• He is a perv.
• Stop being a homophobe
• Sky Daddy
• The 1%’ers
• Money is the root of evilness (always misquoted)
• Cleanliness is next to godliness. (also greatly misquoted)

There are probably more, but those top the list.

dxs's avatar

*I’m going to have to (dis)agree with…
Most of the phrases I listed just make me roll my eyes at the most (maybe an eye squint and a head turn for the last one). The only ones that actually get on my nerves and/or make me say something back are:
1) offensive ones (like the aforementioned “that’s so gay” and “n***a”)
2) Religiously selfish ones (as pointed out by @Aster. GA)

yankeetooter's avatar

“It is what it is.”

majorrich's avatar

@livelaughlove21 When politicians say ‘Growing the Economy’ or ‘Growing the Business’. I actually throw up a little. I hate those cliche’s so much

Adagio's avatar

Little girls/boys room. Makes me want to tear my hair out!

gailcalled's avatar

The lazy and vague ones that are so overused as to become meaningless.

“That is awesome.”
“That sucks.” Or the even more chaming “That is sucky,”
“That pisses me off.”

The roaming “of”:

Too big of a deal”..Remove the “of” there and add it here;

“A couple friends.”

The wild inventions. I saw this recently somewhere.

“That is so douchbaggery.”

The ubiquitious “ish.” Sprinkle like salt. It can be usefulish or annoyingish or even playfulish.

The qualified uniqueness. The super moon tonight/tomorrow will be pretty unique. (August 10 at 2:09 p.m. EDT, 1:09 p.m. CDT, 12:09 p.m. MDT and 11:09 a.m. PDT).

dappled_leaves's avatar

Hmm. One thing that really annoys me, as I was just reminded by @gailcalled‘s list, is the weird use of the word “on” (instead of a more appropriate preposition), which I seem to see only on sites like Fluther. Such as:

What is your opinion on X (Don’t you mean “your opinion of X”?)
Can you give me details on Y (Don’t you mean “details about Y”?)
Have a discussion on Z (Don’t you mean “discussion about Z”?)

I’ve seen much worse examples, but haven’t been keeping a running list. :P Of course, people will probably say it’s some kind of regional usage, but I still find it annoying.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

So many that have already been mentioned.

I’ll add

My bad

livelaughlove21's avatar

Two more…

-“Vaycay/vacay/vaca” instead of “vacation”
-“Weight loss journey” – ugh, just kill me now

dxs's avatar

“Pull yourself up by your own bootstraps.”

rojo's avatar

“F*ck me blind and call me Shirley”

jca's avatar

To add to @dappled_leaves “on” list:

hugging on
loving on
lying on
hating on
kissing on
_____(pick a verb and add “on”)

Why not just say hugging, loving, lying, hating, kissing?

SecondHandStoke's avatar

“Check your privilege.”

What an arrogant and non informed thing to say.

How do you know I didn’t earn what I have, and even if I didn’t how does this make it impossible for me to see something from another’s perspective exactly?

Privilege? As in what you are exploiting in order to get away with making the statement in the first place?

Makes me want to punch someone in the throat.

Aster's avatar

@Hypocrisy_Central now the police on , “Cops” are saying to the captured geniuses, “you feel me?” It sounds so inappropriate for an alleged professional to say to a goon.
And @Earthbound_Misfit “my bad” is so incorrect grammatically it’s almost humorous. Glad you mentioned it.

Berserker's avatar

“I don’t know what you’re talking about”, which usually means the person knows all too well what is being brought up.

BeenThereSaidThat's avatar

If I hear one more person on TV say “At the end of the day”... I think I’ll shoot out the TV!

shpadoinklesue's avatar

Basically when words are shortened, like “totes” or “cray”. No. Just no.

trailsillustrated's avatar

Hahahaha all of them, especially the ‘hubs’ ‘hubby’ ‘dh’ ehhhh I see that so much on fb- and, ‘think outside the square’ barf and ‘all pear shaped’ gag you can’t get away from hearing’ no worries’ 1000 times a day here.

AshlynM's avatar

Totes and whatever floats your boat.

Kardamom's avatar

hater, and the longer version, haters gonna hate

I’m all about transparency (said by any boss or politician because you know they’re lying and hiding stuff.)

that’s sick (when not referring to someone being ill)

mandate (as used by a politician saying something is a mandate)

resolve (as used by politicians) they use it as a noun, rather than a verb.

cray cray

recalculating (as said by the woman on my GPS)

press 1 for English

What can I get started for you? (As said by the barristas at Starbucks, rather than saying, “What can I get for you?”)

sportscasters using the term round ball instead of basketball

Do you want to supersize that? (No, if I did, I would have ordered it that way in the first place)

Is that for here or to go? (It’s to go, just like I said when I ordered it and said at the end, that’s to go)

How may I direct your call? (I don’t know. I’m calling up to get some information and I have no idea to whom my call should be directed. I would prefer that they ask, “How may I help you?”)

Hello, welcome to McBurgerBox, would you like to try our new blah, blah, blah? I would prefer that they ask, “Welcome to McBurgerBox, when ever you’re ready, let me know what you’d like to order.” (They never give you enough time to even pull up to read the menu before they’re trying to suggest you order something else that you don’t even want.)

No problem, or the shorter version, No prob. (I should hope that it shan’t be a problem, dear sir.)

What ev (please stretch it out to its conclusion)

I iz and Ima on Facebook, instead of I am; and I’m going to.

But you eat fish right? After just having said that I am a vegetarian.

I don’t know. Said by any customer service representative. What I would prefer that they say is, “I’m not sure, let me go and find out for you.”

rojo's avatar


It irritates when I go to the McBurgerBox and ask for “A small black coffee please” only to have them then ask “Do you want cream and sugar with that?”

Unfortunately it happens much more frequently than I care to think of.

Kardamom's avatar

@rojo Yes, that always happens too, it’s like they can’t fathom anyone not wanting those things, so they ask just to make sure.

majorrich's avatar

+1 for Para Espanol marke cinco.

dxs's avatar

^^La Redundancia Departamento de la Redundancia

cazzie's avatar

I hate it when grown up people say, ‘Okie Dokie’ to other grown up people. I worked with a lady who was the bosses wife. She was on reception and it was a professional services office. Her husband was a chartered accountant and we also (ie. Me) wrote up family trusts for our clients and provided all sorts of other book keeping and accounting services and some marketing assistance. She was so unprofessional. She and her husband were always late and always showed up with wet hair and ate at her desk where clients came in. She took so many days off, and I had to cover the desk when she wasn’t there, leaving me behind with my own work. She always used to say, ‘Okie Dokie’ to clients and other people on the phone. Gah… drove me nuts. Her husband was a classic conspiracy theory nut and was positive the moon landing was a hoax. I had no idea they were such nut jobs. I never would have taken the job, but the rest of the group more than made up for it. They were awesome, and the office was two blocks back from the beach. ;) In it for the lifestyle, I was. All year round, you could take your lunch and sit on a table and watch the surfers…. with the words, ‘Okie Dokie’ ringing in your ears.

jca's avatar

Another one I just thought of is “butthurt.” Sounds so stupid.

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