For Serious

Top 10 Most Irritating Phrases of the English Language

In his book Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare, Jeremy Butterfield outlined the top 10 most irritating phrases of the English language. (Why damp squid?)

… the book’s author Jeremy Butterfield says that many annoyingly over-used expressions actually began as office lingo, such as 24/7 and “synergy”.

Other phrases to irritate people are “literally” and “ironically”, when they are used out of context.

Mr Butterfield said: “We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often – an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism – and the same seems to happen with some language.”

Here they are:

  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

Found via Neatorama

I like it – can you think of any others?

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8 thoughts on “For Serious

  1. 11. Mommy, mommy, mommy!
    12. Mommy, where are you?
    13. Mommy, are you done working on your machine?

    Sorry– I shouldn’t of added these, but I hear them 24/7– having a toddler you know, it’s a nightmare. They absolutely won’t qualify for the next edition of Damp Squid, but with all due respect to Mr. Butterfield and his devotees, at the end of the day, I personally would rather hear all of the top ten most annoying phrases in a single paragraph… hey, it’s not rocket science; at this moment in time I’m just starved for adult conversation.

    How do you like me now? 🙂

  2. I literally peed my pants reading these entries!! Odd that “fairly unique” made the list but not “very unique”. Oh well.

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