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November 7, 2008, 05:09 PM
A top 10 of irritating expressions has been compiled by researchers at Oxford University - Newspaper Article (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/debates/3394545/Oxford-compiles-list-of-top-ten-irritating-phrases.html). (Tax dollars hard at work). And their results 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

Regarding this list... At the end of the day I personally think it's a nightmare. The list absolutely shouldn't of been compiled at this moment in time and nor is it fairly unique. And with all due respect to the researches, a task to compile such a list is not rocket science and doesn't need 24/7 research.

Further more, and inasmuch as one is permitted to by the rule of law, I personally shall, at this moment in time, add to this list of annoyances...

11 - It's all good. Said whenever something goes bad.

12 - You know what this is? Said while rubbing index and thumb together, indicating a small violin playing a song of sympathy for the person whining

13 - Outside of the box/square.

14 - Paradigm shift

15 - Just kidding / only joking. Usually said after an insult - or - after someone arks up at what was just said to them. Hint for those who say it... when you add it to your remark, it is not believe and the listener doesn't for one second think you are kidding/joking.

16 - No problem / Not a problem. Can be said multiple times during a conversation. E.g....

Customer: Scuse me. Could you get that box down off the shelf for me?
Assistant: Sure, not a problem.
Customer: Thanx.
Assistant: No problem.
Customer: Oh, I see these are tan, could you see if you have fawn ones out back.
Assistant: Not a problem
Customer: With buckles on them
Assistant: Not a problem
Customer: And could you make sure they have RFID tags so I can be tracked
Assistant: Not a problem

Me (thinking): Oh for fax sake. Shut the frigg up with the Not A problem crap will ya, or I'll rip ya bloody tongue out and feed it to that fat kid over there, hoeing into his greasy fries and burger. (Side note, if you're offended by my use of the term Fat Kid, you need to harden the heck up.)

17 - Know what I mean / know what I'm say'n. Placed at the end of a sentence or series of sentences. I have an urge to say, "No, I don't know what you mean" and have even done so on occasion.

18 - Over it. As In... I'm over it; I'm over the election; I'm over the traffic jams; etc. I'm over "over it" :)

19 - Dramatic Quotes. Which is to say, when people, during a conversation, raise their hands and make Quote Signs with their first two fingers of each hand. As if to highlight a word they speak. And those who use them, usually do it when such dramatics aren't required or the word doesn't need highlighting.

20 - Sick / Wicked / Filthy / Etc. Used to mean good. Sorry. I'll play dumb and take it literal. I'm so yesterday.

21 - Gay. To mean Bad. And bad as in Not Good. Not the convoluted use of the term to mean Good. So when you see something doesn't look good or is to be thought of as not good, such as a wreck of a car or whatever, "That car's so gay." HEY, you're so gay for calling things gay.

22 - What-ever. When used as a comeback for something.

Ok. I'm harsh. And understand we use a lot of these terms daily. But their annoyance isn't so much at their use - but - Overuse. An occasional Not A Problem or Know What I Mean is fine. It's when it's said after every pause, ya know. That is annoying, ya know. And then, ya know, it grinds you down, ya know. Like.

Any you, like, wanna add to the list, like, just go ahead like.

Michael Ross

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