According to this article, below are the top ten most irritating phrases. Let’s review it, sulz-style.
1 At the end of the day
Pretty irritating, I would say. I use this occasionally. 😛
2 Fairly unique
I don’t use this, but I suppose it’s irritating ‘cos it sounds wishy-washy. Is it unique or is it not? Just make up your mind! 😆
3 I personally
I try not to use this phrase but I suspect I must have before. It sounds pompous, thus irritating.
4 At this moment in time
I don’t find this irritating. It’s just a phrase to remind the listener or reader the context of the utterance.
5 With all due respect
Hoho, this one can be quite irritating if used with the wrong effect. People most of the time do not have the respect mentioned in that phrase because what follows after it doesn’t sound respectful at all, almost always!
I don’t find this irritating, but I notice that Westerners tend to use this word in a verbal interview. Example:
Broadcast Journalist: Blablablablablablabla?
Interviewee celebrity/politician/etc: Absolutely! Blablablablablablabla…
And the “absolutely” always sounds a little smug and pseudo-intellectual to me when I hear it.
7 It’s a nightmare
Usually the person saying this would be frustrated with a situation. In which case, I’m more likely to sympathise than be annoyed by this often-used phrase. ‘Cos well, when things go way out of hand, it is kind of a nightmare, isn’t it? One that you’re living in, that is.
8 Shouldn’t of
I have never heard of this phrase and if I have I would be super, super irritated. It doesn’t even sound grammatical. Whoever started that??
Probably irritating ‘cos it’s too cliched.
10 It’s not rocket science
Like, DUH. Talk about pointing out the obvious!
So which of these phrases did you find irritating?
On a similar note, I notice that I use a lot of repeated phrases myself in my speech and writing. Which of my often-used phrases comes to your mind when you think of me? 😛