It made me think about a show I listened to in upstate New York on the local NPR station call The Roundtable. While the show covered every topic under the sun, I loved it when the hosts asked people to call in with the phrase or word that annoyed them the most.
I bopped around the web a bit and found this link to a recent post about the top 10 of the most irritating phrases in the English language as complied by the University of Oxford researchers.
Not to be outdone, I've complied my own list, with comments of course. I hope you add some of your own.
- Healthful: Don't ya just mean healthy?
- Utilize: Please, just use use. Shorter, simpler, smarter.
- Irregardless: Like nails on a chalkboard
- Thusly: We've covered this
- Between You and I: Because it's really between us
- More unique: It's already unique, how can it be more?
- The fact of the matter is: What?
- Turning nouns into verbs such as We are going to solutionize the problem. My dad, who worked at IBM back in the 80's said that he heard that one a lot and it drove him nuts.
That's all I can think of at this time but I'm sure I'll come up with more.