Friday, July 24, 2009

Phrases I hate

The following phrases really annoy me:

"...have your cake and eat it, too." What exactly is the point of having cake if you can't eat it??? People always use this phrase to mean that people are expecting too much and being unrealistic, as in "You just want to have your cake and eat it too," but I challenge you to find one person who wants to have cake but not actually eat it. Who wants cake just for decorative purposes?

"It's always the last place you look." Well, yes, obviously. Because once you've found whatever it is you're looking for, you stop looking. So, the place you found it is the last place that you need to look.

"My bad." (When used in place of "I'm sorry.") For example, someone will accidentally spill something on you and then say, "My bad!" Um, are you claiming responsibility? Because I kind of already knew it was you - an apology would really be more appropriate.

"Quote... unquote." You can't "unquote" someone. It's supposed to be "Quote... end quote," as in "This is the end of the quote I was sharing." (My fifth grade teacher explained this to us, and it's annoyed me ever since.)

I'm sure I'll think of more phrases I hate later. In the meantime, what phrases do you hate?

57 comments:

helcar13 said...

I hate the word redonculous. my sister says it all the time and its annoying. lol

The New Black said...

Can't think of one of my own now, but I know my boyfriend hates it when people say 'Ya think?'...I guess it is an equivalent of 'Duh!' or something??

Dollface said...

hahaha... my bad is a good one!! but yes, how do you have your cake and eat it too, dont u eat cake? ahhh xxxoo

tea for tessa said...

Ha ha-- I was just thinking about the "have your cake and eat it too" quote yesterday and about how lame it was. Good timing.

I hate LOL. example

Boy: I'm going to the city this weekend--probably gonna be a crazy time.
Girl: LOLOLOL!

alright- not funny and most of the time people aren't really laughing. It's just stupid and I haven't used it in at least 2 years--proudly.

Have a good day!

Lori said...

The "last place you look" always drives me nuts too.

James ~n~ Amber said...

It gets under my skin when someone says "That car is sick!" As in, awesome ? I'm sorry, but sick means you are puking and have the runs, and in no way makes me think of something great !

SP said...

THANK YOU! I'm new in blospot, I never studied English and.... I FOUND YOU! I Will follow your blog with interest and pleasure. And sorry for my English...my bad! Italo.

.::L said...

I try to class it up and instead of "my bad" i say... mea culpa.

Dingo said...

Aggggghhhhh! I hate:

"At the end of the day..."

"It is what it is."

"We need to take [insert whatever] to the next level..."

And because I'm a teacher,

"I don't have the assignment because my printer was broken."

Fabulously Broke said...

"That's gay" to mean that's bad.

I hate it. I also hate being too PC, but that one really annoys me.

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" LIES!!! See: Being teased is a good thing

"No sh*t Sherlock".. ANNOYING.

I have so many more...

Practically Perfect... said...

Yeah, I'm not a fan of "my bad", either. Good choices!

Susan said...

I can't stand "You dropped the ball" and "Think outside the box"...either one will send me into a near blind rage.

SkylersDad said...

I hate "It is what it is"... Yeah, no shit!

And my least favorite word that seems to be in use everywhere is retarded. That makes me hate.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

Yeah...mine is I'll keep an eye out for you which is a horrific visual if you think about it. But no one does. But me.

LegalMist said...

I can't stand the phrase, "no, I can't" when used by managers for a discretionary action such as giving a refund or issuing a credit or some other compensation for very poor service and/or a mistake that the vendor made. They should just admit that they don't *want* to make it right. Because if they wanted to, they would.

My word verification is "mania." Seems about right for this topic!

jenny said...

Anything that begins with, "God told me to tell you..." since God finds it more important to tell you something He needs to tell me instead of just talking to me directly...

This is the first time I've commented, but I love your blog! It is filled with great wit and humor- something I definitely need. Thanks!

Diane J. said...

The one thing that grates my nerves is when people either say or write "...an historical..."

That drives me insane! You pronounce the H (as in his, hiss, hippy). You are not saying "...an istorical..." argh!

I recently saw a prominent news person pronounce this incorrectly and it repulsed me. I lost all respect for that person.

Okay, I'm hopping off my soapbox. It felt good to vent that frustration.

Oh, I completely agree with the quote, unquote issue, too.

The House Girlfriend said...

I hate the word "dank" or when people say "scope it". First of all "scope it" sounds so dumb, like you are just trying WAY too hard to be cool, and "dank" just sounds gross. Like "Hey, that's some dank cake." Okay so why would I want to eat damp and chilly cake? That's like licking a cave's wall.Anytime people say "dank" that's all I can think of, like a bat cave or something. Stupid!

Rachel said...

I hate those!! And I hate when people say LOL outloud in real life...

Girl On A Journey said...

Lmao!! I always get annoyed by the have your cake and eat it too one. Thank you for putting these out.

Carrie said...

Haha. I've argued that first one to my mom many times...it drives her insane. (She just doesn't want to admit I have a valid arguement. It would force her to abandon one of her favorite expressions. ;])

Amie said...

Not a phrase, but I can't stand when people say, "irregardless"....NOT A WORD!

Lisa said...

i'm in the navy...so i have a whole special set of really annoying phrases that i have to hear about every day that make me want to punch something.

"get this place squared away"...(to mean...get it cleaned up, in order, etc). like what does that even mean anyway?

"roger that"...(meaning...i understand, i suppose?) just...irritating.

and then there's..."hell to the nizzo" which isn't navy related at all, but my boss says it all the time. don't ask me why. but he says it pretty much daily. so..yeah. there are many more, but most have already been mentioned. haha. thanks for this post! love your blog by the way. :)

Lisa

Lisa said...

ps: haha, just a quick response to someone above. i used to be bugged by "an historical", too...but then i looked it up. that's proper english, believe it or not...odd huh?

TMC said...

I don't care much for "just so you know."

For example...
Just so you know, I won't be eating at that restaurant ever again.
or
Just so you know, you're about as cute as a monkey's ass.
or
Just so you know, my use of 'just so you know' indicates my inherent douchebag nature.

J.J. in L.A. said...

Not so much phrases, as the words:

"Wheelchair-bound" - I'm not TIED to my wheelchair. It's my freedom, NOT my prison!

"Often" - it's ofTEN, not offen. The 't' isn't silent. Grr!

The Peach Tart said...

My Mom used to say "you can't have your cake and eat it too" at which point I wanted to take that cake and shove it where the sun don't shine

Georgie K. Buttons said...

Not a phrase, but a word. "Moist." Don't know why.

Sarah said...

i hate it when people say 'it could be worse.' is that supposed to make me feel better?? cause it doesnt. i am not saying this is the absolute worse thing to happen ever, but it's bad enough to ruin my day so shut up.

and to one of the above comments, in my sister's articulation class she actually learned that the t in often is silent :/

Tranquility said...

Oh my gosh! I completely agree. Those are exactly the same sayings that drive me crazy! I especially dislike 'my bad'! That cake one though... that's been driving me nuts since I was a kid!

Leah said...

I HATE it when somebody is telling you a story and they said "whatever, whatever" to fill in blanks...
example: B and I were hanging out by the pool "whatever, whatever"
what does this mean?? I don't know what you were doing by the pool. It just seems ignorant to me. If your going to tell me a story fill the details in please.

Also, I hate it when somebody says IDK instead of I don't know in conversation. It's not a text, speak please!

I feel your annoyance Tova.

LT

CSIowa said...

The first expression actually makes some sense if you turn it around:

"You can't eat your cake and have it, too."

In other words, once you've eaten your cake, it will be gone and you won't be able to go back to the point where you had cake to look forward to. One can't continue to make use of something that has already been used up. I agree that it is a ridiculous expression as it is commonly phrased.

"I could care less" is one expression that annoys me. Think about it. Why would you announce that you could, in fact, care less than you do? Why not say you could care more? Who cares?

What people mean to say (but often don't) is "I couldn't care less." In other words, there is no possible way that the issue at hand could be more meaningless to the speaker.

Kensi said...

The phrase "I could care less" when the person actually means "I COULDN'T care less"...

Kensi said...

Ok... from now on, I'll read the comments before I post mine....

noelle said...

A bit nit picky I know, but you will appreciate this because you seem like a stickler for proper English...

When people say anyways, versus the grammatically correct anyway with NO "S". When someone says anyways, it's like nails on a chalkboard. I shudder even typing it. :)

Hazwani said...

I agreed with Sarah. Perhaps worse things have happened, but the thing that happened to me made me feel awful so could people just stop judging.

One more thing I hate is when I'm upset and people say 'calm down' or 'chill' or 'relax'. Ok, I'm annoyed, or angry or whatever, for a reason. And I have the right to be so, haven't I? *sigh*

wendy said...

Going to be unpopular here today:

"It is what it is" is one of my FAVORITE phrases! I say it all the time when something cannot be changed...I use it instead of c'est la vie.

I also say "my bad" but I know it's silly!

My biggest pet peeve is when people say "You might could..." Might and could are both auxilliary verbs and do not go together!

I am an English teacher, so any type of subject-verb agreement or noun-pronoun agreement mistakes make me crazy.

I also hate when people say "sex" when they mean "gender" and they say "less" when they should say "fewer."

Oh - I could go on ALL NIGHT with this!

Mariana Soffer said...

I will never love somebody so much asa I love you

Jen said...

Thank you everyone I need a good laugh!

I agree with alot of these. The kids that work for me all the time say "These Janks" What the hell is Janks? Not a single one of them knows what it means yet the use it like toliet paper! Kids these days!

Joanie M said...

I hate hate hate it when anyone calls someone a retard.

And "ya know what I'm sayin'"?

And the word "like" "I was, like, so happy, like, when my kid, like, cleaned her room."

and what the hell is "jawn"?? (I'm not even sure how to spell that word.)

SimplyValorie said...

Hahaha, this is crazy, I was just talking about this yesterday!

I hate it when people say LOL out loud. I always want to reply, "REALLY?! Are you on the internet right now?!"

Also, "that's gay" to mean it's bad, "fugeddabouti" (Apparently, the New York way to say 'forget about it.') and "bomb" to mean good, as in "that car is bomb."

Okay, done venting. Great post! :)

Maya said...

Haha! So true all of those! By the way, I love your blog! Wish I could write as well.. :)

Aspiring Solo said...

soft drinks

It's soda, people.

So Not Mom-a-licious said...

I swear I thought I was the only person who realized the 'quote...end qoute' thing.
Also, did you know that it's 'bald face lie' and not 'bold face'...exactly.
Proper grammar, it's so hard to find these days.

lamazeteacher said...

Using the word "that" to follow "people" instead of "who". If people were things, then using "that" is correct but since we live and breathe, a sentence should read "Some people who....."

Joy said...

I hate the "my bad" phrase too for the very same reason. It's not an apology!

stepfabulous said...

I hate hate hate the old "well, to be honest............" seriously, where you gonna lie to me in the first place? I would hope you'd always be honest.

FABIANA said...

I hate:
_ do you know what I meam?
and LOL is for teenagers!!!!
xoxo : come on!

I love:
I am told!!!!

spontaneityanonymous said...

Oh, I could go on and on, but the one phrase that bugs me the most is, "I could care less." Seriously, people, is it really that hard to add in an extra syllable and make it, "I couldn't care less"?

Organic Meatbag said...

I hate, hate, hate the "My Bad" too... one time a friend of mine kept yelling "My bad" during a softball game...his Dad, who also played on the team got fed up and screamed "Will you stop saying my bag?!"
Hahahaha!

Mrs. Foodie said...

I hate it when people mix up "can" and "may."

Question: Can I go to the bathroom?

Answer: Yes I believe you physically can go to the bathroom.... however I don't need to hear the details of your effort.

Your blog keeps me entertained at work everyday! Thanks.

Wendy said...

It's not so much a phrase - but it really grates on me when people say "supposebly." It's "supposedly," morons!

gorrión said...

I absolutely hate when people say "further" when they really mean "farther." Farther refers to physical distance. Like, I ran half a mile farther (not further) today than yesterday.

Further is used when talking about ideas or concepts etc. Like, he only wants to further his agenda.

I also hate when people say anywayS! Oh, and possibly the worst is saying "snuck" instead of "sneaked." Snuck is not a word!

I could go on and on... I'm nerdy about grammar. I better stop now...

Darci said...

"I could care less" When used to express how little someone cares about something

It should be said, "I could NOT care less"

MeghanM said...

Hilarious!

I. Share. Stories. said...

I hate the "just kidding" that is thrown out with a chuckle. The chuckle lets you know that even though they are trying to make it into a joke by laughing and saying those two words there really is truth behind it. they are just trying to feel you out to see if you accept and are okay with what is coming out of their mouth.

"I know that guy was totally was staring at my boobs. I would have let him grabbed them to see that they are real. chuckle just kidding chuckle"

...mmm... said...

Good commentary on those quotes. I hear ya, btw, about having blogs discovered as you mentioned on sidebar. I've had that happen twice now--ugh. The worst thing is you cant even have same people follow you as someone will be lurking to find you. Al very annoying and really cramps freedom to write and be real if so worried about hurting others. now i simply have to cover everything with double meaning and be more vague.

In my opinion, we don't devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks. ~ Calvin & Hobbes