Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Oxford's New List of Top Ten Irritating Phrases

Oxford's New List of Top Ten 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

I would add:
  • Using "the National Football League" instead of "the NFL"
  • "Here's a guy..."
  • or referring to an injury by the body part, ala "He's out with a knee", which is just a tick above useless info
  • combing the three, which causes my head to explode
  • "step up", used in a sports context a lot, but increasingly in the office which I hate. No one needs to "step up", if everyone just does their f'ing job then things get taken care of (dammit, end of sentence preposition)
I love #5, only because of "Talladega Nights"

Larry Dennit, Jr.: That little obscene gesture is going to cost us a bundle.
Ricky Bobby: With all due respect, I didn't realize you'd gotten experimental surgery to get your balls removed.

(Sadly the follow-on "with all due respect" one isn't in there, nor is the rest of the exchange from the quote above, which is hilarious)

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