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What Words Do You HATE?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by athletics, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. Lady Canuker

    Lady Canuker Senior member

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    challenge

    At work they insist we use challenge in place of problem [​IMG]
     
  2. CarbonatedTsoda

    CarbonatedTsoda Senior member

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    No offense to any southerners, but "y'all" drives me nuts. Also when people substitute "ironically" for coincidentally.
     
  3. redcaimen

    redcaimen Senior member

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    The word "moot" almost always strikes a discordant note. I firmly believe it destroyed Rick Springfields career.
     
  4. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    "like"
    "all"
    "whatever(s)"

    - She's literally like OMG! And I'm all like whatevers about it.


    I overheard this amazing statement on the bus once:

    "Ohmigod! That's like almost exactly what I meant to say!"

    (I'm still puzzling over this one)
     
  5. Epaulet

    Epaulet Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    "Action"

    When used as such:

    "Damn bro, you gonna get a little tequila action going?"
    "Alright guys, I see you already have some appetizer action on the table. Need more drinks?"
    "Awe yeah, I can't wait to watch a little Don't Mess with the Zohan action tonight"
     
  6. scotsman

    scotsman Active Member

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    "Physical" when meaning to say "fiscal"

    The phase "I'm not saying, I'm just saying"
     
  7. Musselma

    Musselma Senior member

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    WTF? Secondhand smoke has been proven beyond a doubt to have negative health effects. Even Penn & Teller noted entertainers/libertarians/anti-regulation activists, who were violently against any kind of smoking regulations admit that they erred in their television show, and that secondhand smoke is harmful.
    I think he was referring to the fact that we CALL it secondhand smoke, but it's really just smoke, and we added a word in front of it for no real reason. I'm pretty sure he was NOT talking about its health effects. To add my own to this list: Seen, when used in the following manner: "I seen that", etc.
     
  8. freshDenim

    freshDenim Active Member

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    dept,

    "free and fair elections,"

    freedom,

    destiny,

    tried,

    should

    ...

    Damn, I could go on and on here.
     
  9. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    "Oh My God"!!
     
  10. ShakyStevens

    ShakyStevens New Member

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    student body - just say students!
     
  11. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    "just sayin'"

    what a completely idiotic phrase
     
  12. bryce330

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    I hate when the prefix "pre-" is unnecessarily attached to a word to create a new word that makes no sense.

    "Pre-boarding" is the best example I can think of. There's no such thing as "pre-boarding" a plane - it's just boarding, it's just that some people get to do it before others. "Pre-approved" and "pre-qualified" are other examples where the use of "pre" is entirely unnecessary
     
  13. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Senior member

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    diverse
    rich (as in richly diverse)
    provenance is a good one, it sounds way too pretentious
    partner when used to refer to a husband or wife, etc.


    I agree with every example you used, especially diverse.
    Popi and Mami are idiotic
    I always hate when people say"You know what I mean" after every few sentences in convo. Not a word but still.
    Like.
    Dude.
     
  14. mczewd

    mczewd New Member

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    The word "moot" almost always strikes a discordant note. I firmly believe it destroyed Rick Springfields career.

    Especially when they pronounce it "mute."

    I'm surprised none of my pet peeves is mentioned:

    Impacted (unless they are speaking of a wisdom tooth or constipation) or any other variation of impact that has nothing to do with a collision.

    Using a reflexive case pronoun as the object of a proposition or verb (e.g. - "You must notify Ms. White or myself")

    Using a subjective case pronoun as an object (e.g. - "It's the best possible course of action for Bill and I")

    Plus, I agree about the misuse of "less" vs "fewer". This may not be correct, but I have always thought of less as singular and fewer as plural.

    This is a great thread. English is getting the crap kicked out of it by our English-speaking society.
     
  15. choowy

    choowy Senior member

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    When the words "hip" and "trendy" are used to describe clothes.
     
  16. mrgoodeals

    mrgoodeals Active Member

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    LabelKing Senior member

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    Server farm--I don't like the way it sounds.
     
  18. designprofessor

    designprofessor Senior member

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    "flyover country"
    assumes there's something better on the other side of it
     
  19. Augusto86

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    "flyover country"
    assumes there's something better on the other side of it


    On the other side of what?
     
  20. Jenaimarr

    Jenaimarr Senior member

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    "acute" - as in an acute condition/acute pain/acute illness

    It sounds the opposite of what it means.
     

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