Words, phrases & expressions you hate

Discussion in 'Taylor's Tittle-Tattle - General Banter' started by Maninblack, Mar 17, 2019.

  1. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member

    I feel physically sick now, thanks
  2. Sahorn

    Sahorn Reservist


    No, the English is ‘forthcoming’
    As is, “go forth and multiply..”
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  3. "So"
    As in "So, I was on the bus this morning..."

    When did this start happening?
  4. HappyHornet24

    HappyHornet24 Crapster Staff Member

    Swimming against the tide with this one but I still bristle at all the "Amercanisms" (is that a word?) that are taking over the English language. I think I am the only person left who still goes to the cinema to watch a film, rather than taking a trip to the movies.
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  5. Maninblack

    Maninblack Reservist

    I still go to the pictures!

    Also annoying is the Americanism of theatres for cinemas, particularly when promounced 'th-ee-ay-ders'
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  6. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    Every once in a while I go to watch a motion picture on the silver screen.
  7. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    Even though I lived there for 15 years and even though I know many Americanisms are actually an older and purer English than we use today in the UK, I too dislike a lot of them. I still ring somebody rather than call them and TV programmes aren't shows and they come in series not seasons. Seasons are reserved for football, (but it's fine if they want to call it soccer).
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  8. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    That's "a big ask".
  9. Carpster

    Carpster Reservist

    Anybody who says chillaxing needs an old fashion spanking.
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  10. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    On Post #65.
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  11. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    Especially if you pronounce it in the Irish way.

  12. Bwood_Horn

    Bwood_Horn Squad Player

    Oddly in one lab I worked in we used Irish/Joackanese pronunciation to differentiate between ion and iron (pronounced eye-RON) also film (thin/thick layer of a substance on a substrate) and fil-UM (video/spectroscopic recording of film formation). Gosh weren't we exciting.
  13. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    You are most certainly not alone.
    I spend a large amount of time with children aged 6-11, correcting such irritating uses:
    "Movies", "I'm good" instead of "I'm well thank you and how are you?" "mall," "cookies".
    On and on they go,like a nun's knickers.
  14. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    You’re not a footballer, right?
  15. wfcmoog

    wfcmoog Tinpot

    "I'll just leave this here."
  16. Loyalhornet

    Loyalhornet Academy Graduate

    These really annoy me as well , but in particular the ‘corporate’ ones which people use at work .

    ‘Touching base’ , reaching out’ (why can’t you just say contacting !

    ‘Talking to’ .. no talking about !

    and the worst one of all I don’t have the bandwidth .. what ??? People actually use these phrases at my office .
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  17. Hussar

    Hussar Academy Graduate

    So, at least since Beowulf - 'Hwaet' in the Seamus Heaney translation

    So. The Spear-Danes in days gone by
    and the kings who ruled them had courage and greatness.
    We have heard of those princes' heroic campaigns
  18. FromDiv4

    FromDiv4 Reservist

  19. soton_orn

    soton_orn Reservist

    “I could care less” grates on me. It’s couldnt.

    “Very delicious”- delicious is an ungradeable adjective
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  20. kVA

    kVA Reservist

    Very average- is the school kid who is ‘very’ average better or worse than the one who is average?

    Bang average.
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  21. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    I know that is the usual phraseology but I’m not sure it’s correct.

    ‘Couldn’t’ plus ‘less’ = two negatives, therefore signifying that you do care.
  22. RookeryDad

    RookeryDad Squad Player

    A geeky side of Beowulf I had previously missed.
  23. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    Less is simply an adjective here and not subject to negation. Only verbs can be negated in a double negative.
  24. Meister

    Meister Administrator Staff Member

  25. PhilippineOrn

    PhilippineOrn First Team

    RD can pull you up on the full stop!
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  26. Keighley

    Keighley Squad Player

    Oh, OK. I stand corrected. In that case I concur with my learned friend above.
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  27. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    And it's a railway station, not a train station (even though the American version is more logical, as the station never moves).
  28. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    I stay at home and listen to the wireless
  29. Happy bunny

    Happy bunny Cheered up a bit

    I meant to write the RAILWAY doesn't move
  30. CYHSYF

    CYHSYF Academy Graduate

    When you are having a conversation with someone and they say 'well I'll let you get on' - they might as well just say 'I can't be farking bothered talking to you any more' and be done with it
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  31. Diamond

    Diamond Squad Player

    "Your call is important to us"

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  32. kVA

    kVA Reservist

  33. The undeniable truth

    The undeniable truth Squad Player

    In a similar vein..."....due to an exceptional level of calls"...everytime I happen to call? Exceptional level of calls my Ar**. You've just recruited too few staff.
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  34. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu Keyboard Warrior Staff Member


    How the **** am I meant to end conversations with really boring extroverts now and remain polite? They won’t get the hint that I am bored to tears with them.

    Think I’ll just walk off
  35. I Blame Bassett

    I Blame Bassett Squad Player

    Especially the last,which I'd never seen or heard before.
    I'm not keen on 'housekeeping' either. The use of or the work!

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