10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language

A Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare is a new book by Jeremy Butterfield that “takes a thorough look at the English language and exposes its peculiarities and penchants, its development and difficulties, revealing exactly how it operates.”

Top 10 Most Annoying 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
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science

I’m a notorious pain-in-the-neck when it comes to poor word choice and business-speak. The words above (and so many more) are crutches for weak vocabularies.

My most hated fake/real word is incentivize. Eg. “I will incentivize the staff with a talk titled RIP Good Times.”

I also get annoyed when people start statements with “hopefully”, as in “Hopefully, someone will read this post and leave a comment that illustrates my genius.”

For the record I take no responsibility for my own actions or statements.

Via Wired


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