12 Most Irritating Words and Phrases
Every decade has its words that became worn out from overuse. In the sixties, it has to have been “groovy.” The 70’s introduced the tired term “bummer.” In the 80’s, “bitchin’” turned everyone into a surfer dude. In the 90’s, I’d venture to say that “bling” became the word that no one wanted to hear anymore. And in the decade that began this millennium, I nominate “metrosexual” for the most irritating word of the millennium to date.
Note: I will not be mentioning “like” and “you know” and “all” as replacements for the word “said.” They are too far gone to be listed here.
1. It is what it is
But it shouldn’t be anymore.
2. Man cave
Let’s let this one stay in it’s hole and not come out for a while.
Um, not so much.
4. Baby bump
Enough already. Pregnant is pregnant.
Used so often it means virtually nothing. This one gets the award for most perpetually overused.
Dismissive and rude. Used by sullen teens everywhere. Another one that has transcended time.
Said like this: “LIT-rally.” What is that about, anyway?
8. Think outside the box
This is so tired that we should all start thinking INSIDE the box instead.
9. It’s all good
Except it’s not all good. Some of it’s just ok. Some is bad. Like this tired phrase.
We are all in process, processing, in the process of, etc. Maybe we should stop processing and just DO or BE.
11. Just a thought
This usually precedes a critical or argumentative statement. Unnecessary and condescending.
At this point, so much of our lives is virtual (if we are computer-based) that we need to come up with an alternate word that means online reality. Because it’s not virtual anymore — it’s real!
One more thing… when did “often” become “off-tin”? Did I miss the memo on that (oops, that one’s a bit irritating, too)?
What words or phrases drive you crazy? That is all.
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