At the end of the day it was literally at the top of most irratating phrases
November 10, 2008 5:43pm CST
Oxford University's top ten most irritating phrases: 1 - At the end of the day 2 - Fairly unique 3 - I personally 4 - At this moment in time 5 - With all due respect 6 - Absolutely 7 - It's a nightmare 8 - Shouldn't of (Instead of shouldn't have) 9 - 24/7 10 - It's not rocket science Daily Telegraph top ten list: 1 Literally 2 A safe pair of hands 3 I'm gutted 4 Basically 5 Going forward 6 Upcoming 7 Shouldn't of (Instead of shouldn't have) 8 Up until 9 Neither here not there 10 On a daily basis I'd like to add, the use of 'In context' when what is meant is 'In this set of circumstances.' Do you find these phrases annoying or perhaps there are others you would wish to add? all the best urban
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• United States
11 Nov 08
I find absolutely nothing annoying about "at the end of the day", "at this moment in time", "with all due respect", "absolutely", "24/7", "it's not rocket science", "literally", "basically", "upcoming", "up until", "neither here nor there" or, "on a daily basis". I think if people find such common and ordinary phrases annoying, they need to get a life and stop being so picky and worrying so much about how other people express themselves. As for the phrases, "fairly unique" and "shouldn't of", I don't feel that they are annoying either, just incorrect, though I have been guilty of using them a few times myself, especially when tired. As for, "I personally" and "it's a nightmare", sometimes they annoy me and sometimes they don't. It all depends on who is saying it, what my opinion is about that person, and/or what they are talking about when they use those phrases. I never heard the phrases, "a safe pair of hands" or "I'm gutted" so I can't say about those. One that I would like to add is hot water heater. That one does urk the sh*t out of me. It doesn't make sense. It heats cold water to make it hot, it does not heat water that is already hot. I think it should just be called a water heater, not a hot water heater!
• New Zealand
11 Nov 08
1. How about "It's all about TRUST". Coming from a politician! 2. All things considered. 3. We shall see. 4. It will play itself out. I personally believe at this moment in time that its a nightmare. People shouldn't of literally considered, in this set of circumstances that are fairly unique that a safe pair of hands are neither here nor there; I am gutted going forward that it is not rocket science. At this point in time with all due respect to politicians it is all about trust. Helen Clark our outgoing Prime Minister campaigned on trust.