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Over used phrases & cliches

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Paula+ Report 4 Dec 2012 14:13

Is it me? but it really gets my back up when people use clichés and worn-out old phrases in everyday conversations, they make me want to hiss. When someone says "Think outside the box," I feel like stuffing them inside a box. I think I will scream if I hear another person say "like, you know" or "whaterver" one more time. I get so tired of the insincerity of people who say someone looks “stunning”


AnnCardiff Report 4 Dec 2012 14:16

a few things that really bug me -

people who say "absolutely" instead of "yes"

people who say "at this moment in time" instead of "now"

people who say "these ones" instead of just "these"

why oh why do they do it? do they think it makes them sound more important or more intelligent?


Annx Report 4 Dec 2012 14:27

I agree Paula. One thing I hate to hear is 'd'you know what I mean' at the end of every sentence. Everything these days has to have a 'modern twist'!!! 'At the end of the day' is another I hate as well. Why can't people think of something original to say.


ChrisofWessex Report 4 Dec 2012 14:28

'I am not trying to be funny but'................................


Merlin Report 4 Dec 2012 14:30

Obviously you don,t like "Blue Sky Thinking" :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D :-D ;-)


JackBunion Report 4 Dec 2012 14:34

Yet another thread about cliques:-( :-( :-( :-(

From whence did the idea for this thread originate. At the end of the day, it is no skin off my nose. RR seems to have become a very popular cliche with one viewer : ;-)

Chris, I AM trying to be funny, but.........

Budgie Rustler

Budgie Rustler Report 4 Dec 2012 14:37

My grandkids dont use "Wicked" anymore, it seem to have changed to "Cool" now.

They didn`t believe me that we used "Cool" in the 1950s not forgeting that ordinary normal folk at that time were looked upon as being "Square". :-D :-D :-D

yeh, like good, innit . :-D :-D :-D


Paula+ Report 4 Dec 2012 14:38

This takes me back to a time some years ago, a women came to my company to give a presentation during the introduction she said " We all must be on a level playing field" my brain just stopped listening as I tried to relate what she was saying to the topic of the presentaion. :-S :-S

Annx My Father used to buy the Readers Digest, I used to love looking at he words in the front of the book, I still do that when I pick up a copy.


GoldenGirl1 Report 4 Dec 2012 14:41

Closure is a word that really bugs me.

Emma x


Paula+ Report 4 Dec 2012 14:44

John You are soooooooooooo funny. The word is clichés
it is a a noun meaning phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought.


JustGinnie Report 4 Dec 2012 14:44

During the endless video clips of the X Factor wanabees I lost count of the number of times they said "and you know what" and "I've wanted this all my life".

'You know what I mean ' and 'Like' at the end of sentences drives me mad too.

Maybe I am just a grumpy old woman you know what I mean like :-D :-D


Paula+ Report 4 Dec 2012 14:45

I HATE it Emma. It is so American.


AnnCardiff Report 4 Dec 2012 14:46

and why do people say "so I turned round and said.....", or "he turned round and said....." - they never turn round - what's that all about


JackBunion Report 4 Dec 2012 14:51

Paula+ What is wrong with "it". You surely don't remember the "it" girl :-0 Yes, "it" is very American.

I used the phrase "from whence" cos I thought I heard it on University Challenge this week as "two words that mean the same thing so one word will do". Not sure about that.

Face? Bothered? I should cocoa. :-D


Kay???? Report 4 Dec 2012 14:53

One that really really really bugs me to distraction and is so thoughtless and of no comfort to the bereaved ......

"""""""Oh dear I' m sorry to hear/read that,,,,,,,,,but they are in a better place,"

NO!,,,,,,,the better place for them would still have been with their loved ones.

know wa,ht I mean.


Paula+ Report 4 Dec 2012 14:57

Oh I have set myself off now. Another phrase I hate is "Cutting a long story short"

John I personally do not remember the "IT" girl But I do remember Gin and "IT"


AnninGlos Report 4 Dec 2012 14:57

Kay, and how do they know?


BarbinSGlos Report 4 Dec 2012 14:58

"On a journey" seems to be popular too. Drives me mad.

Was just going to add they don't catch a bus or car and then I've said "drives " me mad and I haven't been anywhere either

If you get my drift #####


AnnCardiff Report 4 Dec 2012 15:12

yes, we've been on a journey, a learning curve - we are so blessed!!!!

and as for the It Girl - aka Clara Bow, when I was a teenager an old man on the bus going to work said to me "gosh, you are the image of Clara Bow" never heard of her, so when I got home, asked Mum and she told me who she was - Hollywood never called though :-( :-( :-(


SheilaWestWilts Report 4 Dec 2012 15:30

'At the end of the day'......