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#640520 - Wed Jul 13 2011 01:41 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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If all those words were banned, how would we play Buzzword Bingo at a manager's presentation?
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#640536 - Wed Jul 13 2011 01:59 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Originally Posted By: Rowena8482
I guess a paradigm is whatever you want it to be Ozzz laugh


Yeah, no, but like, fine words butter no paradigms!

There's an Aussie habit I dislike but find myself saying. We Aussies feel the need to confuse everyone by answering a question with "Yeah, no." Then we add an explanation so the questioner has an idea of what the answer might be. "Are you going to the party?" "Yeah, no. I think I'll go but I might be late." I think athletes being interviewed started the trend to give themselves more thinking time. wink
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#640632 - Wed Jul 13 2011 04:14 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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My friend says she heard a gentleman with an american accent (how subtle I am) asking in a supermarket:
"Do you have, like, ice cream?"
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#640655 - Wed Jul 13 2011 04:51 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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"Do you have, like, ice cream?"


Makes you want to answer "Sorry, sir, we only have dislike icecream".
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#640657 - Wed Jul 13 2011 04:53 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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" "Yeah, no. I think I'll go but I might be late." I think athletes being interviewed started the trend to give themselves more thinking time."


I think it may have come from a British comedy, the name of which escapes me at the moment (Little Britain ?). One of the regular characters used the expression "yeah, no" a lot and it caught on.
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#640661 - Wed Jul 13 2011 05:11 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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I have had enough of people talking about how 'devastated' they are about things. Just because you got booted out of whatever reality show you are on does NOT mean you are devastated. You might be upset but I think devastated is just a bit over the top. I also can't stand hearing about the fact that they are on a 'journey' (in respect to reality tv shows) grrrr it drives me up the wall!
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#640663 - Wed Jul 13 2011 05:14 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Originally Posted By: MotherGoose

I think it may have come from a British comedy, the name of which escapes me at the moment (Little Britain ?). One of the regular characters used the expression "yeah, no" a lot and it caught on.


It was on South Park! Which isn't one of ours...
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#640667 - Wed Jul 13 2011 05:24 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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One word that I find irritating, especially on news and current affairs programmes, is "issues". They over-use it instead of more appropriate words like problems or concerns. On the radio station I listen to, when reporting on the traffic, they frequently say "Avoid a particular area because there's been an accident that's causing traffic issues" and I feel like phoning them and saying "It's not causing issues, it's causing problems".
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#640725 - Wed Jul 13 2011 11:02 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Oh but MotherGoose, it's ever so much more amusing when you pronounce it "isssssssssssues" : )

Flopsy: priceless response(s) lol.

TriviaPaul: I absolutely adore BS (oops Buzzword) Bingo. Well, except when we get caught passing around the cards during a seminar!

My sister has an irritating habit of saying "and so on and so forth" approximately every 4 sentences. But I guess it's not ALL bad, because sometimes I'm grateful that she chooses NOT to elaborate : )

I'm also not fond of the "Wassup?" question/attempt at a "greeting". I thought it would have wandered off into obscurity by now, but apparently not. So when people ask me "what's up?" I either respond "the sun", or "if you're a guy, probably the toilet seat" ~~~
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#640727 - Wed Jul 13 2011 11:13 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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The only way to get beyond these problems is with some CLOSURE.
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#640728 - Wed Jul 13 2011 11:27 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
ren33 Offline
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"Thanks for the heads up"??????What the heck is that?
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#640731 - Wed Jul 13 2011 11:45 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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neccesary evil. There are really no alternatives?

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#640781 - Thu Jul 14 2011 06:20 AM Re: Phrases I would like banned
ren33 Offline
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Does anyone else really object to: " I love him to death"?
To me that's really creepy.
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#641080 - Fri Jul 15 2011 02:04 AM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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"From the get-go". It's a horrible imported phrase (I won't say from where it originated) which has begun to creep in here. Don't they mean "from the start"?

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#641083 - Fri Jul 15 2011 02:19 AM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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And while we're at it, how about "upscale boutique"? That is surely a contradiction, as the literal meaning of "upscale" is to make something bigger. "Upscale" is increasingly used to mean "Upmarket" or "Exclusive"

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#641121 - Fri Jul 15 2011 08:18 AM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Loads, but two particularly get on my nerves, the very new 'going forward' which so many business hacks say in news interviews as if it means something at the end of every sentence, and the very old but equally irritating 'if you will', again which means absolutely nothing. If you're going to use cliches at least use ones which add something to what you're saying...
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#641277 - Fri Jul 15 2011 06:33 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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"It is what it is." Really? Like I thought it was "It is what it isn't," you know what I mean?
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#641316 - Fri Jul 15 2011 10:42 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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I would ban any phrase containing 'synergy', 'enable', 'facilitate', or 'outcomes'. If I hear the phrase 'Enabling synergy to facilitate productive outcomes' one more time, I may snap and throw a thesaurus at someone laugh It isn't even a whole sentence!

I'm irrationally biased against 'to all intents and purposes' after a colleague kept getting it wrong - 'to all intensive purposes' just isn't quite right :P



Edited by _elbereth_ (Fri Jul 15 2011 10:43 PM)

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#641320 - Fri Jul 15 2011 11:26 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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TV shows that talk about "the journey" do my head in. "You've been on a journey". No, they've been on a TV show. Frequently, they have barely moved at all.

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#641418 - Sat Jul 16 2011 11:51 AM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Snowman, I've seen food critics talk of a recipe that was on a journey. I understand what they mean (I think) but it does sound a little silly. "Closure" irritates me too but I think it irritates me more because I can't think of a better word for it. As soon as I have a substitute for "closure" that I like I'm using it. smile

Or perhaps we should all repeat the mantra I have in my head at times which lets me calm down when I see or hear English being murdered... "It's a living, changing language. It's a living language..." Over and over again until I relax. laugh
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#641420 - Sat Jul 16 2011 01:01 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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On trend, that is one which drives me crazy. What is wrong with fashionable?
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#641448 - Sat Jul 16 2011 03:58 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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I don't understand when people say things like: "She's very nice... not!" crazy Can't you just say "She's not very nice"?? The "not" at the end of the sentence makes it sound so silly!


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#641487 - Sat Jul 16 2011 08:27 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Originally Posted By: MotherGoose
I think it may have come from a British comedy, the name of which escapes me at the moment (Little Britain ?). One of the regular characters used the expression "yeah, no" a lot and it caught on.

Yeah but no but it was indeed Little Britain, and the character was the glowingly eloquent Vicky Pollard.

Vicky Pollard in court
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#641488 - Sat Jul 16 2011 09:09 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Originally Posted By: sue943
On trend, that is one which drives me crazy. What is wrong with fashionable?


In the same vein, 'on message', as in 'she's very on message right now'. I hear that on the news a lot when anything remotely political is happening.

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#641503 - Sat Jul 16 2011 11:57 PM Re: Phrases I would like banned
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Hmmmmm, "on point" is getting a bit overdone too"
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