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uncle ebeneezer
11-26-2008, 12:57 AM
Brendan, this one's for you:

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/oxford-research.html

Anyone have any other nominations?

Ocean
11-26-2008, 01:51 AM
Brendan, this one's for you:

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/oxford-research.html

Anyone have any other nominations?

Si, claro, pero en otros idiomas.

"Claro" es una de esas palabras irritantes. Pero no hablemos de irritantes, que por aqui hay muchos...

bjkeefe
11-26-2008, 09:16 AM
Brendan, this one's for you:

http://blog.wired.com/underwire/2008/11/oxford-research.html

Anyone have any other nominations?

Heh. Thanks. Always nice to be reminded that I'm not the only curmudgeon in this area.

Actually, most of the entries wouldn't make my own top 10 list. Some I agree on, for sure. #2 ("fairly unique") is a good nomination, although "very unique" and "most unique" bother me more.

I can't hear #3 ("I personally") without thinking of Miss South Carolina (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww), but other than that, I don't mind this one so much.

#5 ("with all due respect") is irritating, but as far as pre-excuses for saying something obnoxious goes, I'd replace this with "frankly."

#9 ("24/7") seems well past its peak. I probably would of ;^) had this on a top 10 list a decade ago.

Right now, I think no top 10 list of annoying phrases can be complete without "thrown under the bus." I wonder if this one will annoy me for the rest of my life, or if it will fade. I feel the same way about "if you will," thanks to Dick Cheney.

I'd definitely reserve space for "X%" where X is any number greater than 100. I also want to call attention to this recent phenomenon: apparently, no one just works anymore; everyone is always "working hard."

Here's a long-time pet peeve, which I can excuse when I hear it spoken but never when I see it written: "try and" instead of "try to," as in "you should try and learn the meaning of the infinitive form."

I'm sure I'll be back with more.