Feb 11 2010

What phrase annoys you the most?

A survey recently revealed the most annoying phrases used at work and the number one phrase? "Thinking outside the box." Is there a phrase that you hear regularly that drives you crazy? One that you overuse?

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1/23/2010 12:56:50 PM
Jasmine United States
Hi, I don't like it when people say, "whatever."
1/23/2010 1:02:27 PM
Jessica United States
"what happens is" really annoys me! my mom says it all the time! it drives me crazy!!
1/23/2010 1:03:32 PM
Barbara United States
I attend a lot of trainings and I just finished college.  So, the phrase that I've heard one to many times that annoy me is, "Now with that said..."
1/23/2010 1:06:09 PM
Dale United States

        "It could always be worse"

1/23/2010 1:18:20 PM
ren United States
i don't like when people say "nevermind"
why bring it up in the first place!
1/23/2010 1:19:39 PM
Matt United States
I hate it when people at my high school say, "Whatever you say!"
1/23/2010 1:19:47 PM
Ron United States
The word "eXACTly" is extremely overused. I hear it all day long at the office.
1/23/2010 1:20:07 PM
Mari United States
It drives me nuts when managers or supervisors say, "Keep me in the loop." ugh...what happened to "just keep me posted or updated"?
1/23/2010 1:20:14 PM
Jana United States
I find the overuse of the word "like" incredibly difficult to overlook. If I'm talking to someone who says it 17 times in 30 seconds, I tend to not pay attention to what they're talking about!

Also, the word "irregardless"--which isn't a word, and the phrase "I could care less"--when what's intended to mean "I COULDN'T care less!"

*whew* Thanks, I feel better. Smile
1/23/2010 1:20:32 PM
Doris United States
"I'm not trying to be difficult but..." and then they go on with their sky-high demands...
1/23/2010 1:21:08 PM
Matt United States
Also, "In a minute", when it really takes them like an hour.
1/23/2010 1:21:56 PM
Julie kouri United States
Julie kouri
I can't stand when people a sentence with , "the reality is.  . ." do they live in such a fantasy world that they have to announce when they are in the real world???
1/23/2010 1:22:32 PM
briten United States
my dads always tells me, think inside the cube and around the cirle
1/23/2010 1:23:31 PM
Sheri United States
I don't like it when someone is trying to explain something insinuating and says,  that dress you are wearing (for example) is... "how should I say"... hidious!
1/23/2010 1:23:34 PM
Matt United States
Oh, and I ALWAYS get this one: "Whatever floats your boat."
1/23/2010 1:25:43 PM
Arsham (sam) United States
Arsham (sam)
"like", "actually" and "you know" and people usually use it all in one sentence. it annoys me a lot! First think and then talk!
for instance:
Actually, you know! I am not really sure like what is going to happen! I think, like, when you do this...... etc.
it drives me in sane! can you please say what you need to say in one complete and correct sentence!  
1/23/2010 1:28:20 PM
Leandra United States
I hate when someone constantly says, "I don't mean to offend you but.." That is so annoying and then they say something something rude, I also HATE IT when you say to someone "what is your problem?" and they say in retort "YOU!"  UG!!  so aggravating. And another thing is where you like something someone else doesn't like and the person says "NERD ALERT NERD ALERT NERD ALERT!"  Which that doesn't make any sense though but I have had that been said to me numerous times, but in a joking way but it is still annoying.
1/23/2010 1:30:39 PM
Arsham (sam) United States
Arsham (sam)
"like" "actually" and "you know"
Drives me in sane when people you them, and some how they manage to use it all in one single sentence!
Actually, you know, I think when you, like, do this, something happens! I, like, dont know what to say!!
it can be difficult to figure out what they are trying to say!!!  
1/23/2010 1:32:53 PM
Ashley United States
My bad!  It always annoys me when people say this.  It's such bad grammar!
1/23/2010 1:36:23 PM
Ellen United States
There are several phrases I don't really like.

1. 'Sounds like a personal problem to me.'
     - My mom says this to me. She heard it from her boss at her 1st? job. That can be annoying.

2. 'Burn'
     That REALLY annoys me.

3. 'Like'
     I don't mind people saying 'like' a lot. I say it a lot. I think that is a word that a lot of teenagers say. And me being a teenager, I probally say it a lot.

4. 'Whatever'
     I don't really like it when people say that to me.

Whew! That's just a few of the phrases that annoy me. I'm sure there are more but..... Smile
1/23/2010 1:37:47 PM
Sam United States
"oh no it's the end of the world isn;t it"?
1/23/2010 6:41:40 PM
Dennis Kearney United States
Dennis Kearney
I became an "unmarried" person today. My wife left me in July 2008, a week shy of our 4th anniversary. I had served 14 months in Iraq as a flight nurse, flew 25 missions to 14 different countries. Came back with night terrors, insomnia, and anger. All the anger was directed at doors and walls, never at her or our daughter. She wasn't able to handle the anger and left, kidnapping our daughter. 18 months later, due to a quack psychologist, I only get to see my daughter 6 days per month. I pray for the female you mentioned who is going through a divorce, and wish I could offer encouragement, but it's gonna get worse. If it wasn't for my daughter, I would have pulled the trigger months ago. The VA only made me 50% disabled, but I still cannot work at all due to the PTSD and a tear in my spinal cord at L4,5. My house is in foreclosure, yet my relationship with God increases hourly. I sit in my car often and cry. I still only sleep 2-3 hours per night, yet every morning I find the strength to get up and feed the dog and go to school. I'm in class at the VA to become a chaplain to work with vets. Please keep me in your prayers.
1/23/2010 6:43:56 PM
Carol Coffelt United States
Carol Coffelt
It absolutely drives me up a wall when you make a call to a business and your call is answered by a
a recording device and tells you to press 1 for English!!!!!!!!! Bill Cosby states he will become a write in as Presidential Candidate of 2012 "Any use of the phrase: 'Press 1 for English'  is  immediately banned.    English  is  the official language;   speak it or wait outside of our borders until you can. WOO HOO I will vote for him in a "New York Minute"!!!!!
1/23/2010 6:44:43 PM
Gilbert Kalombo United States
Gilbert Kalombo
I have a three yr old girl whose response when you call her name is "what" but with a high tone voice.

In short when someone response with a high toned "WHAT"
1/23/2010 6:47:55 PM
Hannah Joy United States
Hannah Joy
what really annoys me is when people start saying something with the phrase "It was really funny" or when people use the word "fur" instead of "for" SmileSmileSmileB-)!
1/23/2010 6:49:12 PM
Jessica United States
Hanging around a bunch of surfers, I hear it constantly. Not your dude. Heard one surfer call his own mother a dude.
1/23/2010 6:49:17 PM
Tammy United States
Hi! the words that annoy me are... "If you will", "give or take a few", and over use of the word "viable".
1/23/2010 6:50:37 PM
Bill Leppert United States
Bill Leppert
When I am up flying or especially when i'm giving flight instruction the phrase "Any Traffic Please Advise" drives me insane...
1/23/2010 6:55:00 PM
Jasmine United States
I don't like never mind or probably most of all: "No offense." And guess what? It usually offends you.
1/23/2010 6:55:07 PM
Ellen United States
Here are some phrases that do and don't annoy me.

1. 'Whatever'
    I don't like it when people say that to me.

2.  'Sounds like a personal problem to me'
    My mom says that to me.

3.   'Like'
    I don't mind when people say like a lot. Teenagers tend to say that a lot. I'm a teen though and I say it a lot, I'm sure. Smile
1/23/2010 6:55:33 PM
Annalee Green United States
Annalee Green
Doesn't it drive you crazy when people say "SO" When they run out of words to say after a sentence. "So" What? Why are you saying so, as if your going to continue the sentence with something else.
1/23/2010 6:56:51 PM
Sierra United States
Alot of kids at my high school when they do something wrong say "My B." Not only does it drive me crazy it also drives the teachers crazy!
1/23/2010 6:57:55 PM
Valorie United States
Well, Scott just said the word 'like' about 8 times.... like, that drives me crazy, do you, like, know what I mean? I know it's like just one word and not like a phrase, but, like, it is just a word that is like way overused!
1/23/2010 6:58:31 PM
Faith Sisters in Christ United States
Faith Sisters in Christ
I hate it when people say "oh my GOD" I don't think that's right and "oh God" it depends how you use it but.... use it in agood way not bad! GOD IS LOVE
1/23/2010 7:00:49 PM
Leandra United States
I can't stand it when people talk in Text talk, it is so wrong, what are people turning into?
1/23/2010 7:01:29 PM
kevin United States
The phrase " right on " is annoying, but I use it ahahahaha
1/23/2010 7:02:55 PM
Samantha United Kingdom
I am driven crazy with the phrase "I don' care"
1/23/2010 7:05:07 PM
Sean United States
Top three most annoying for me are
1) "if you will" more than once in a conversation

2) that sucking sound people make with their tongue and the roof of their mouth before they start talking

3) when an adult say "no hu-uh" when answering a question

I'm probably guilty of overusing "man" and "dude" when addressing someone!
1/23/2010 7:06:53 PM
Charleen United States
It drives me nuts when people say "he goes" or "she goes" when they mean "he said" or "she said".
1/23/2010 7:07:07 PM
Kerry United States
"It is What it is"
1/23/2010 7:09:19 PM
coatbridge Canada
Have a nice weekend has always irritated me, it's like an order.  

I guess the real reason it annoys me so much is that unlike other people I used to work with I didn't have anything to look forward to during the weekend.  As work was my life.
1/23/2010 7:15:53 PM
Teekey United States
do you text? cuz im an teen and wen u r texting 4 the majority of ur free time, its really hard to swich back 2 english. btw, like my grammer? =)
1/23/2010 7:17:47 PM
Teekey United States
also  it reeeeaaallyy sets me off when peeps start talking, and then they start , kind of stuttering?
for example: so like, i meen, like, uhh, urrg!! like, like uhh, never mind!! ohhh that drives me insane!!
1/23/2010 7:33:57 PM
kevin United States
Right on
1/23/2010 7:34:59 PM
kevin United States
I hear "right on" all day at work
1/23/2010 7:35:14 PM
Amy United States
1/23/2010 7:36:14 PM
Jeanette United States
I just can't stand it when people say: "u kno wat im sayinn????" it drives me nuuutssss
1/23/2010 7:57:36 PM
dana kauffman United States
dana kauffman
It totally irritates me when people say "let me tell you something" which translates into this is what your doing wrong and i am always right!!  also if i hear our dear president mention yet one more "teachable moment" i may spontaneously combust... Laughing   oh and one of the phrases that i hear more and more...."i know right!"   ugh
1/23/2010 7:59:31 PM
Melissa United States
I hear this all the time, and someone else has already commented on this overused phrase, but people are always saying, "With that being said" "with that said"  "having said that"  it all means the same thing and i hear it mostly from commentators on the news. They really need to find a new phrase to say, or just say it, without using this phrase at all.  
1/23/2010 8:09:14 PM
Samantha United States
"Good Grief"
1/23/2010 8:10:20 PM
Karyn United States
I can not stand it when someone finishes a sentance with.   "I know right"
1/23/2010 8:13:48 PM
Colleen United States
I don't know if it counts as a phrase or not, but I hate it when people use the term "24/7."  It just bugs me!
1/23/2010 8:20:56 PM
Karyn Staton United States
Karyn Staton
It drives me crazy when people say "I know...Right?!" so annoying, and the youth seem to be saying it all the time!
1/23/2010 8:27:27 PM
Faith Sisters in Christ United States
Faith Sisters in Christ
1/23/2010 8:28:23 PM
Joel United States
Business Professionals use the word "ABSOLUTELY" too much! Everyone in my office uses and it drives me crazy.

Absolutely this and absolutely that......
1/23/2010 8:36:58 PM
cheri gill United States
cheri gill
"You know what I mean".... This is especially irritating if it is used over and over in the conversation.
1/23/2010 8:39:34 PM
cheri United States
To Dennis Kearney, God bless you. Things will get better I promise! God bless you
1/23/2010 8:47:58 PM
June United States
This isn't a phrase, but it drives me crazy when people (including radio people - sorry guys) use I instead of me.  I found this on the Internet:

A simple way to determine if you should use “I” or “me” is to take the other person out of the sentence.

How about this one:

“Suzie smiled at Tom and me.”
“Suzie smiled at Tom and I.”

A lot of people would choose the second sentence, because they are afraid of sounding stupid by using “me.” However, when you take Tom out of the sentence, you would say, “Suzie smiled at me.” Right? That means that, “Suzie smiled at Tom and me,” is correct.

Thanks for letting me get this off my chest!
1/23/2010 8:56:59 PM
PC United States
I know, thats what they said when they don't know what you are even talking about. They have done everything and been every where!
1/23/2010 10:30:38 PM
gabbie United States
my husband always makes a statement and then says huh at the end to make it a question, like:
I think I will go to the store now.  Huh?
And then theres always the famous "have his cake and eat it too."  Ok, seriously, whats the point in having cake if you can't eat it?
1/23/2010 11:21:03 PM
Danae United States
To Dennis Kearney, thank you for serving our country!  I have been through a divorce myself, without all the extra complications you're going through, and it was terrible enough.  But God is good... He carried me through and put me in a much better place.  I pray that the Lord will do the same for you Smile
1/23/2010 11:28:06 PM
Jennifer United States
I can not stand the phrase " Whatever and Say la Ve
1/23/2010 11:45:17 PM
karen United States
Kelly used it when you were talking about doing this on the air this afternoon.  "GO FIGURE" !!

Also it bugs me so much when singers pronounce 'you' like 'zhu'; 'yeah' like 'jeah'; and 'and I' like 'nDie'  (Brandon Heath in 'Give Me your Eyes' is a perfect example! Listen to his 'yeah..yeah..yeah's!
1/24/2010 12:04:17 AM
karen United States
Oh yea... I don't like '24/7'
And people are people, not 'peeps'!
And can we please get rid of 'WooHoo!'??
'My bad', and when people say God's 'growing me'. That's bad grammar. I hear that one a lot too. Should be 'God is allowing me to grow'.

1/24/2010 12:05:03 AM
Sam Bosso United States
Sam Bosso
When someone is talking to a group of girls and they call them "Guys". Every man on every season of the bachelor calls the room full of ladies, "Guys". I know terms change but when used like that, makes the person sound very wrong.

I can't stand to hear anyone use the term "Sucks".
I'm sorry for even writing it, but maybe people will read this and STOP. It is used all the time by young and old, also on T.V., this enrages me And I let them know. It is one letter away from another term that's over used, but I'm not going to write it down.  Please help me stop these raunchy terms from being over used, it degrades people.

Dennis Kearney, your not alone, stay strong.
God Bless You & Yours,
In All Ways, Always, Sam
1/24/2010 10:24:50 AM
Toni United States
My sister always overuses the word "dude" and it drives me batty!
1/24/2010 11:56:26 AM
Christine United States
I have two phrases that annoys me and I find myself saying one of them at times...drives me nuts.  That one is, "I know, right?" and the other one is one that I heard my mom and dad say quite a lot and I've NEVER heard them say in all my life! I'm 29 and I just started hearing them saying it about 2 to 3 years ago! It's "Holy Crow!" What the???? haha
1/24/2010 1:17:53 PM
Andrea United States
"It is what it is....."
1/24/2010 1:19:50 PM
Andrea United States
another....."with all due respect", then the person says something inappropriate or rude.
1/24/2010 1:56:10 PM
Tiffany United States
It drive me nuts when people use "the" insead of "my".  For example, I grew up with my dad always saying "the wife" or the daughter".  Hello!!!!  If you love them, then claim them by saying "MY wife" and "MY duaghter"    Smile
1/24/2010 6:52:20 PM
Dee Phalp United States
Dee Phalp
The one that really annoys me is FYI or For Your Information. It rubs me as rude and inconsiderate. I think if information is needed then just come out with it.
1/25/2010 12:12:29 AM
Doug United States
"Your call may be recorded for quality and training purposes".  There have been many times I wish it was because the customer service was non-existent and all employees should learn how not to treat customers.
1/25/2010 12:14:13 AM
Rebekah United States
The phrase that really annoys me is "lol" and "whatever"
1/25/2010 12:26:39 AM
Tina United States
2. Phrases that annoy me is
  1. when someone says "I will tell you the truth"and then tells you something. does that mean all the other times they are lieing to you??
  2. my boss always says when things are not going well "it is what it is" REALLY
1/26/2010 1:32:48 PM
Barbie United States
When people say "I'll do it tomorrow" but tomorrow never comes. I's so glad god didn't say I don't have time to save you right now, so i'll do it tomorrow. Isn't GOD GREAT!!!!!!!!!
1/30/2010 9:24:32 PM
banana8llama United States
A really big catchphrase right now is "epic fail." Basically whenever someone messes up, especially in front of other people, someone else in the room will shout, "EPIC FAIL!" Usually it's done in the spirit of fun, but it's really annoying. The one time I said it I felt really silly.
2/2/2010 4:37:27 AM
celina United States
i work at a high school. i think the most annoying phrase is "that's not fair!
2/4/2010 6:21:22 AM
Linda United States
It makes me nuts when people misuse "myself" when me or I would be the appropriate word to use.

Wrong usage:
The boss asked John and myself to give a brief presentation.

Correct usage:
The boss asked John and me to give a brief presentation.

If you took "John and" out of the sentence would you say, "The boss asked myself to give a brief presentation"?  I bet you wouldn't!  Stop it, people!!
2/5/2010 7:21:45 PM
Jenny Lawhon United States
Jenny Lawhon
Hi I am Jenny Lawhon, and I am 11 years old.
For me in school the words,
-cool beans
and for some reason the word Beast.
are used way to much
2/10/2010 6:19:44 AM
Teshia Greer United States
Teshia Greer
Hi im Teshia  !

Heres one id alwayss usee

"Holy Noodles" !

3/21/2010 3:55:09 PM
Nikki United States
"It is what it is."
8/29/2010 4:46:40 PM
Samantha United States
I think it is very telling that "Imma mom" has replaced "I have children."  "Imma mom, Imma mom."  And it is especially annoying when it is used to qualify a value anyone might have:  "Imma mom, so clean water and air are very important to me."  Like the rest of us don't have a reason to care.  "Imma mom, so I'm on a budget."

It's worse when the women act self-sacrificing:  "Imma mom, so I don't have time to shower, eat or read."

And don't get me started on "I'm a single mom."  Women so enjoy the sympathetic reaction that phrase gets that I have met married women with hard-working, traveling husbands who complain, "During the week, I'm a single mom."

I also dislike the endless, dramatic proclamations about how nothing and no one is more important than their kids.  The drama of it all!  "I'd throw myself in front of a truck for my kid."

People have been reproducing forever without all of this drama, these proclamations, this labeling.
8/29/2010 10:08:20 PM
Samantha United States
I know a grown man who asks "No offense?" before saying the most insulting things  He makes it sound like he is asking permission, and getting it.  "No offense?  You're stupid."

12/4/2010 7:05:21 PM
Jamie United States
I'm like Samantha... "No Offense..."!

Why start any sentence with, 'No Offense'!

Just dumb, stupid, and annoying!

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