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Annoying verbal tics?

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Britalian, Oct 10, 2006.

  1. FLMountainMan

    FLMountainMan Senior member

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    I stutter, so my life is one big annoying verbal tic [​IMG] . Such is life.

    I hate the recent rise in the misuse of the word "literally." I hate hearing some girl say she literally did a hundred shots, a sportscaster saying that Lebron James was literally on fire, etc. It wouldn't be a big deal, but we don't have a lot of synonyms for literally, so it would be nice if the original meaning was kept intact.
     
  2. hi-val

    hi-val Senior member

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    [​IMG] Pretty good book on the subject.
     
  3. Andrew V.

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    Throwing a "going forward" or "at the end of the day" into every sentence drives me crazy.
     
  4. gmku

    gmku Senior member

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    I have a friend who has the habit of beginning about every third sentence with, "Well, you know, what I guess I'm really tyring to say is..."

    One time I was sitting with him and his wife when he did this, and then his wife, when he finished, said, "Well, you know, what I think he is really trying to say is..."

    I just about lost it. I had to bite my cheeks to keep from laughing.

    I thought I'd get used to it, but it's so bad I can hardly stand to have a conversation with him. Like, just say it! Don't try to say it! Don't tell me you're trying to say it! Just say it!
     
  5. THEBIGDODDY

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    I know because I counted.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. THEBIGDODDY

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    "ya know what I'm sayin'?"
    Exactly.. hate it. Young black men do that all the time to me. As an older black man, it grates the hell out of me. Sometimes I feel like saying, "fuck no, I don't know what the hell you're sayin'!"
     
  7. Fade to Black

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    I have a friend who has the habit of beginning about every third sentence with, "Well, you know, what I guess I'm really tyring to say is..."

    One time I was sitting with him and his wife when he did this, and then his wife, when he finished, said, "Well, you know, what I think he is really trying to say is..."

    I just about lost it. I had to bite my cheeks to keep from laughing.

    I thought I'd get used to it, but it's so bad I can hardly stand to have a conversation with him. Like, just say it! Don't try to say it! Don't tell me you're trying to say it! Just say it!


    haha i don't think we can have a real life conversation if this is the case

    i was on the phone with a friend from the states yesterday, after i hung up i thought about all these things mentioned here i'm guilty with, it was a "DAMN" moment considering i don't use the phone for chats often. I like to think I don't really use any of these that often in live interaction.
     
  8. THEBIGDODDY

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    ..I realize this is about verbal ticks, but the motivations and thoughts drive it somewhat.

    For example, being asked for advice by someone at work when they feel they are being treated unfairly for me goes like this..

    Young coworker: Man, I hate this place, they are fulla shit up in here.
    Me: In what way?
    Them: What? It's just ridiculous how they do things?
    Me: Ridiculous in what way?
    Them: What are you talking about??? Fuck!!!
    Me: I can't help you if you don't help me understand what's really going on.
    Them: Whatever.


    Young black coworker: Man they are trippin'.
    Me: Trippin' how?
    Them: Man, you know how they are!
    Me: Who is "they" and what did they do?
    Them: Why you actin' like that?
    Me: Acting like what...?...I'm trying to figure out what's going on.
    Them: What the fuck man, I'm tryin' to tell yo ass, dayum!
    Me: Nigga please you ain't said shit..come to me when you have a REAL issue!

    [​IMG]
     
  9. THEBIGDODDY

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    And the infamous..

    "..every single time"
    "..exactly the same thing I was thinkin'..."

    And..

    "..I know - right!?"
     
  10. Fade to Black

    Fade to Black Senior member

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    ..I realize this is about verbal ticks, but the motivations and thoughts drive it somewhat.

    For example, being asked for advice by someone at work when they feel they are being treated unfairly for me goes like this..

    Young coworker: Man, I hate this place, they are fulla shit up in here.
    Me: In what way?
    Them: What? It's just ridiculous how they do things?
    Me: Ridiculous in what way?
    Them: What are you talking about??? Fuck!!!
    Me: I can't help you if you don't help me understand what's really going on.
    Them: Whatever.


    Young black coworker: Man they are trippin'.
    Me: Trippin' how?
    Them: Man, you know how they are!
    Me: Who is "they" and what did they do?
    Them: Why you actin' like that?
    Me: Acting like what...?...I'm trying to figure out what's going on.
    Them: What the fuck man, I'm tryin' to tell yo ass, dayum!
    Me: Nigga please you ain't said shit..come to me when you have a REAL issue!

    [​IMG]


    these could go in a Boondocks comic strip.
     
  11. The Deacon

    The Deacon Senior member

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    The late basketball great Dennis Johnson when interviewed in the 80's by the local Boston sports reporter John Dennis (currently an uber morning cohost with the provocative and erudite Gerry Callahan on Sports Radio Giant WEEI AM 850 in Boston) would resort to saying "or,so" instead of etc., and the like, what have you...

    It was mind-numbing and totally incongruent to hear him end his non-sequitors and every single one of his answers with that phrase. As an illustration verbalize any statement, comment or simple sentence and then end it with "or, so" and you'll get where I'm coming from.[​IMG]
     
  12. James Gatz

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    Hot damn, I just posted this first one in the Annoying Buzz Words thread, but it works here too:

    A lot of women and girls I know frequently use the phrase, "I'm over it" to mean, "I'm really annoyed about it," which doesn't make a bit of sense to me, seeing as how they're pretty much opposites; they seem to utter this after every single annoying thing mentioned.


    On a somewhat amusing note, my grandmother has a tendency to use the phrase, "and everything and that you know," after every other sentence. She's also partially deaf (and has been for years,) and thus people talking to her need to repeat themselves frequently, but since she didn't want anyone to know she was losing her hearing instead of saying, "what?" she'd say, "that what?" to make it seem like she just wasn't paying attention, which has by now completely replaced "what?" in her vocabulary, meaning "that what?" is asked even when it makes no sense whatsoever. She's in her 80s so she gets a pass from me, but man does it drive my mum and my aunts and uncles crazy.
     
  13. Spilotro

    Spilotro Senior member

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    When people stick "uh" in between every 3 or 4 words.

    I also would like to add that double negatives drive me crazy, and also that the word "just", as in "you're just trying to protect them" should be avoided. For me, the word often signals preconceived notions and lack of understanding. It seems to be accompanied by a closed mind in my experience, so I don't use it, period.

    I'm working on getting rid of "you know" at the moment, and I just recently cured myself of the "you've got, I've got" syndrome.
     

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