OMG, this list is, like, sooo amazing! Literally. (Not).
If that sentence made your head want to explode, you're in good company. Researchers at the University of Oxford have compiled a list of the Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language. You think it's annoying when someone starts a sentence with the word "ironically," when it most certainly is not? Or when John McCain uttered "My friends" enough times to warrant a drinking game? Or when a friend says, for the 50th time in a conversation, "to be honest with you..."? Check out Oxford's worst offenders:
10 - It's not rocket science
9 - 24/7
8 - Shouldn't of
7 - It's a nightmare
6 - Absolutely
5 - With all due respect
4 - At this moment in time
3 - I personally
2 - Fairly unique
1 - At the end of the day
Oxford tracks overused phrases, buzzwords and commonly broken language (how many times have you heard someone say, thinking they're being smart, "I turned the job down for a myriad of reasons"?). Their 2008 list appears in a new book, Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, by Jeremy Butterfield
Personally speaking (heh), I despise it when restaurants advertise "fresh" fish. Um, do you realize the quotes don't set off the word fresh, but rather imply, as fingerquotes would, that the fish really ain't all that fresh? Whatevs. Check out this Wired blog for other readers' suggestions and post yours below.
Unless, you know, you could care less.