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Which Phrases Irritate You Most?

November 19, 2008

When listening to others or reading something, what words can drive you crazy?

Here are the top ten irritating phrases from Oxford University’s database:

  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

Here are the contributions from BBC Magazine readers:

  1. Basically
  2. To be fair
  3. To be honest
  4. Going forward
  5. The fact of the matter
  6. Let’s face it
  7. Touch base
  8. 110% (or more)
  9. In the pipeline
  10. The reason being
  11. I’m not being funny but …
  12. You know,
  13. By the end of play today
  14. Singing from the same hymn sheet
  15. Can’t get my head round it
  16. A raft of proposals
  17. To roll out
  18. Don’t just talk the talk, you got to walk the talk.
  19. Lessons will be learned.
  20. Actually

You know, to be honest, I actually say some of these quite frequently.

(via Lifehacker)

One Comment leave one →
  1. November 20, 2008 10:38 am

    My favorite: It’s done come time to not know nothing.

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