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:
- At the end of the day
- Fairly unique
- I personally
- At this moment in time
- With all due respect
- It’s a nightmare
- Shouldn’t of
- It’s not rocket science
Found via Neatorama
I like it – can you think of any others?