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Chayne Lynx
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01:35 PM on 05/10/2013
Wardrobe malfunction. Bullying, Epic, Random.....these are all horrible and make me cringe. I've heard my kids say they were trying to be random...doesn't that defeat the purpose?
12:10 PM on 05/10/2013
Epic. No one over the age of 16 should use that word to describe food, a party, an outfit, etc.
And "epic fail"... don't even get me started.
12:06 PM on 05/10/2013
One of my most hated phrases is: You know what I mean? When anyone keeps interjecting that phrase into their speech I tune out.
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nwbl
10:05 PM on 05/12/2013
I know what you mean. ;)
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11:40 AM on 05/10/2013
"Drive me crazy" is a phrase that I don't care for as it is either a ridiculously gross exageration or the person saying it is overreactive and would be well served with some self examination.
11:25 AM on 05/10/2013
Actually mine isn't a phrase but instead is actually a word and the word is ACTUALLY! Everywhere, and I mean EVERYWHERE I turn I hear it. Sometimes it's used countless times in one sentence. Actually I went to the mall and the store actually had the actual item I actually wanted." GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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beanbrain
God bless the USA
03:18 PM on 05/10/2013
AND "BASICALLY"
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margomcg
06:20 PM on 05/10/2013
I, too, don't like how often this word is used, but actually (this is a legitimate use, I think!) there are times when it should be used, as in when one is trying to refute a wrong statement. We do overuse a lot of terms, though, don't we?
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nwbl
11:09 AM on 05/10/2013
I hate the use of "So" at the beginning of a sentence where it is unnecessary and irrelevant. e.g. "What did you do this weekend?" "So, we wanted to go skiing but there wasn't enough snow." This is done a lot by 30-omethings and younger. It has to go.
lovelygirl33
Fiscally Christian, Socially Inclusive
11:55 AM on 05/10/2013
That was mine too. It sounds affected or like a sign of insecurity (like they can't say what they have to say without the 'So' security blanket).

Either way unnecessary and annoying.
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Bubbawubba Gump2
11:06 AM on 05/10/2013
How about 'I'd like to say..." ? Why don't you just say what you'd 'like to say"? How needy and chuckle-headed can you be?
11:05 AM on 05/10/2013
Sometimes it is not the word or phrase itself. Sometimes these words are simply over-used and, even more, used in the wrong places.

I'm not fond of hearing "it is what it is" over and over. But, still, I like it. Kind of like Popeye - "I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam, I'm Popeye the Sailor Man" - no more, no less. It has power of expression - this is what this is, no more, no less and don't diminish or subvert it by reading somehing else into it.

There is one word that I'd like to add to your list. The use of "impact" as a verb. I think many times it is used because people do not know how to use "affect" or "effect" - or don't even know that those words can be used. Whenever I hear it, I judge (though it may be unfair) that the speaker has received a substandard education, sold out to "pop speak," and/or can't express themselves very well.

Oh well.
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deepintheheartoftejas
Middle o/t Road = Yellow stripes & dead armadillos
11:55 PM on 05/10/2013
'Whenever I hear it, I judge (though it may be unfair) that the speaker has received a substandard education, sold out to "pop speak".'

Do you know that the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge used "impact" in a figurative verb sense? I dare say he was vastly more able to express himself than ten thousand people that object to the usage. The objection makes absolutely zero sense. It just shows the bankruptcy of any sort of original thought on the part of people that peeve about century-old usages.
10:58 AM on 05/10/2013
I cringe when I hear "it is what it is" who started this?
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clnlsanders
10:56 AM on 05/10/2013
My most unfavorites are, "That being said" and "quit drinking the Kool Aid". It's usually the know not how to spell crowd that are the worst offenders when it comes to spewing cliches!
10:51 AM on 05/10/2013
Watching HGTV, I hear the overused phrases like "open concept." Uhhh...that has been a trend now for a while and each person says it like it's a novel thing. Or "We love to entertain." Gah! Why can't it be "We like to have people over" or "This is a great hang out spot for our friends."
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KiltsAreHot
Many times I've gazed along the open road
01:28 PM on 05/10/2013
YES!

I would love to see a couple or a family say, "You know, we value our private/quiet time and we're looking for something cozy and easy to maintain."

And heaven forbid if the place doesn't have stainless steel everything and acres of granite...
05:18 PM on 05/10/2013
KiltsAreHot, you are so right, I forgot those. I was just talking to my neighbors the other day about stainless steel everything and acres of granite. Too funny!
04:25 PM on 05/10/2013
Don't forget "wow factor"! Just as bad!
05:19 PM on 05/10/2013
Lol...yes! Too funny! I am sick of hearing about "depth" when you see a makeover show about hair. "We gave her highlights and lowlights to give her some depth." Bluh! Oh, and you can't forget "Fabulous!"
10:49 AM on 05/10/2013
"Basicially" is the most overused word in a phrase i have ever heard.30 years ago you hardly heard the word used in a phrase.It's becoming an epidemic.
10:47 AM on 05/10/2013
I know this is a word not a phrase, but, the one that sets my teeth on edge is "unpack" for "explain."
10:44 AM on 05/10/2013
Ms. Emling - I have carefully read your three posts on language usage. Twice. Do you intend to eventually make a point? Or are these simply peevish airings to relieve the inner turmoil you feel when others do not speak according to your idea of our collective standard(s)? As a fan of the late comedian and logovore George Carlin, I must say that I enjoy having my attention drawn to various human foibles. What I liked most about Carlin's ability to encapsulate his peeves, was that he almost always drew a conclusion, or a remedy, or an alternate narrative. Will you deny us the view of the other side of your coin? Is there a golden shadow opposite the dark ones you describe? In short, what's your point? If your intent is only to air peeves, then I must name one of mine -- my pet peeve is the people who are merely peevish. The antidote? Let us see your humor expanded, or your predictions of what lies ahead, or your imagined consequences to mete out to repeat violators. I mean, give us SOMETHING, for crying out loud! Otherwise I will be left googling William Safire and reminiscing about the long-ago linguistic and usage misdeeds of the populace, and reminding myself that we survived all right after all, and we do still seem to have the capacity to understand each other, even in the face of gross misdeeds against the always changing, ever moving standard of "correct".
11:16 PM on 05/12/2013
"I mean, give us SOMETHING, for crying out loud!" Are you really crying out loud?
09:37 AM on 05/13/2013
. . .exactly!
10:38 AM on 05/10/2013
I think society as a whole has almost completely dropped the words "please" and "thank you". You don't hear them very much. I think our society lacks any meaningful respect for each other in day to day activities.
11:04 AM on 05/10/2013
You have to add "no problem" as a substitute to "you are welcome".