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Phrases that drive you mental

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  1. Ethics Gradient

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    I was reading through the BBC News site as per usual, and read an article which included comments from the general public.
    A certain phrase was used that makes me hit the roof by some bloke as an argument infavor of a particular issue that really annoys me to the extreme ..... and it got me thinking about other phrases that are in current vogue due to world news or fashion that irritate me to the extreme.

    Its either phrases chanted as a mantra to 'prove an argument' even thought they are wrong .... or missuse / missunderstand of a phrase.
    The current two that spring to mind are:

    "If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide"

    - not only is this simply 'incorrect', its incredibly naive as well - yet it gets trotted out by Joe Public all the time when people are discussing issues of the law, indenty cards, passports, speed cameras or other issues of liberties and their ristrictions.

    a) the phrase is just completly wrong.... your waste size,age,exam results, sexual preferences, number or lack thereof of sexual partners, your voteing, your bank balance ..... how many people would be happy with that information being in the public domain ?
    Because the phrase is a carte blanche statement, you are saying that you are happy to divulge ALL information about yourself. Some may say ' well, we don't mean to everybody, just to the authorities ' .... I am sure there are some details about yourself that you would not be comfortable in people no matter who they were knowing about ... If you really thought about it.
    The will ofc be exceptions to this, but I am guessing pretty much the majority of us are not completely whiter than white nor exhibitionists.

    b) There will be very few citizens in this country that have never broken a law. Be it shoplifting as a child, tresspassing or having a sneaky wee behind a tree when you 'just have to go' .... recording music and tv shows, being abit drunk sometimes etc.
    'Well it only applies to murders and such' you'll hear them say .... no innocent man has ever been convicted then ? ;)
    The seem to forget so quickly about people with bits of wood in a bag being killed by the police, or people being shot many times in the head on the tube .... "If you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide"
    So the fact that most of us actuall DO have something to hide if we actuall went through the law books and looked at what we do during a day .... and the fact that innocent people get convicted and killed ....

    .... the phrase is pretty much a big pile of cow poo.


    "War on Terror"

    as a metaphor is compeltely valid ... ie meaning political policies aimed at dealing with the situation.

    ..as used by muppets stateing " Well, we are at war .... " ... no we damn well aren't ;)

    IT'S A SODDING METAPHOR ... buy a dictionary and stop using it as an excuse to compare it to world war 2 rationing, identity cards or an excuse for a cockney knees up round the old piano.
    Its not a reall war ... so just deal with it :lesson: ;)



    ..... so what current phrases get your goat ?
    ( now I have got a couple of mine off my chest :) )
     
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    "At the end of the day" is one I really hate as people tend to use it all the time now :mad:
    "For sure" - why not just say yes ?
     
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    I can't comment on individual cases
     
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    yeah well I like turned round to him like, you know what i mean then he like turned round to me and he was all like yeah whatever
     
  5. ufitsy

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    :confused: is this a Vicky Pollard reference
     
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    just phrases that "drive me mental"
     
  7. Ethics Gradient

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    "What eveeerrrrrr"

    If they think they are an american teenager and forget they are british ... I tend to forget I am a civilised man ;)

    "XYZ sucks"
    "XYZ is gay"

    As used as the only reponse to critique any sugguestion, product, film or person .......
     
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    "At this moment in time"

    How about "right now" to cut down on useless verbage?
     
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    or even just 'now' would do
     
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    "knowat I meeeaan" ....like .....know what I mean
     
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    HI,

    Other useless phrases...

    I ain't dun nuffink - Well, that generally means you HAVE done something.

    Are you a comedian? - In some cases, the answer might actually be yes.

    "Civvies" - okay, so it's not technically a phrase, but people use it in the wrong way, e.g. he's wearing civvies. Ummm, nope! "Civvies" is actually short for "civilians"!

    "Street cred" - surely street cred is like Monopoly money, i.e. totally bloody worthless

    "My name is Michael Caine" - he's never actually said this, despite all the jokes and comedians who claim otherwise.

    People who use the f-word, for every other word in their vocabulary annoy me.

    "In my time, we learnt the 3 R's" - Oh, so that would be reading, Writing, and Arithmetic, would it?! You obviously didn't learn how to speak correctly then! :rolleyes:

    "During the course of investigations" - investigations aren't a course of any kind

    "along the lines of" - you mean "like"

    "as to" (as in, as to the whereabouts of...) - you really mean "about"

    "at an early date" - soon

    "be in a position to" - can

    "during such time that" - while or whilst

    "in spite of the fact that" - despite

    "in the amount of" - for

    "until such time as" - until

    I should mention, that I probably use many of these... so Sorry, folks! :D


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    That is a secret between me and the toilet :)
     
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    Hi,

    Other phrases that annoy me:

    "I shouldn't tell you this, but..." - Well don't bloody tell me then, you tit!

    "No thanks... Oh go on then, just one!" - men mainly say this when offered sweets, chocolate, or a taste of something from a friend or other half. For goodness sake, make you mind's up! It's a simple choice between "Yes" and "no"! Arrrgghgh! :rotfl:

    "One for the road" - Yeah, like the M1 really gives a toss if you have another pint of Guiness before you go home!

    "****" or "fecking.." annoys me also - Just say the f-word, don't bother trying to soften it, because we all know what you really mean! :rolleyes:

    "So how was your day" - Do you really mean this, or is that a rhetorical question, by which you are simply trying to be nice to me, for some odd reason?!

    "What's up!" - Don't you really mean "hi" or "hello"?! Otherwise my answer could be "my cock", "the sky", " a flagpole", or even "a word that means the opposite of down"! Sheesh!

    "keep sparklers at arms length" - as opposed to what? Just centimetres from my best friend's eyeballs?!

    "As big as a... (a grizzly bear, a mountain, a 100-tonne truck, etc) " - Why don't you just say it was bloody big, rather than trying to compare it to something very big, which we've never actually seen.

    "I know this place like the back of my hand" - So tell me, then: exactly how well do you know the back of your hand... you pillock!

    "Take your thumb out of your backside"... - of course, that's where I always keep it!

    There are a load more... here!


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    I hate overly happy people . You know the ones.

    They normally drop in some pithy comment like "cheer up it might never happen" to anyone who doesn't walk around with a permanent inane grin on their face. They giggle and jokes over every single subject regardless of how serious it is.

    Beware the happy , trust the grumpy. They are grumpy because they are not thick.

    My favourite saying is "empty vessels make the most noise" because it is without a doubt utterly true.

    If you want to illustrate it just find any Australian backpacker in London and most of the population of New Zealand.
     
  15. PoochJD

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    Hi,

    Oh, that's so true! :D

    And can I just add, the saying "Keep your shirt on", as another hated phrase. Ditto with "In a minute" and/or "Just a sec(ond)" - which I have to say I do use. All are annoying!


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    Similarly, "absolutely" meaning "yes".
     
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    the expression 'half-arsed', how does that work?

    And people who, basically, explain something by saying 'basically, it works like this'
     
  18. PoochJD

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    Oooh,

    Another three that spring to mind, are...

    "Why can't you be normal, like X person" - And how normal are they, exactly?!

    "...or I'll knock your block off!" - Well, you're more than welcome to knock my block off, if you can find it!

    And, my personal favourite that every parent uses to their kids after spanking or slapping them "Do you want another one"?! One of these days, a smart-arsed kid is going to actually say "Yes, please! Because it was really wonderful having my arse cheeks/the backs of my hand/leg (or whatever else) tanned by you, and I do so enjoy the pleasure of being beaten by someone who's older and who should also be wiser than me. Would you mind doing it a bit harder please, so I can really feel the pain? Thanks so much!"


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    “It cheap at half the price” well it would be wouldn’t it, the correct saying is “Cheap at twice the price” meaning it was very cheap in the first place.
     
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    T'is me again...

    And what about the phrase "If you don't do X, then I'll spank you into the end of next week!" - Got a time machine, have we now, father?! :clap:

    "Like.." is another word that gets misused severly. "You know, it was just, like, so huge, and like, I couldn't get anywhere near it, 'cos like it was, you know, just... wowwwwww!"

    Or, "Eat my shorts", which Bart Simpson loves to say. Or when people say "Kiss this.." and point to their bum. What would happen, if someone actually said "Okay then"?! :eek:


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    'as soon as possible' = they mean 'I want it now', I translate as 'once I've finished all my other stuff that has correct deadlines'
     
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    "Urban living"

    Another word for the inner city used by estate agents to convince people that it's ok to spend 180k for a pad next to or in a deprived area.
     
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    I HATE HATE HATE this phrase. Its trotted out whenever people can't be arsed (or aren't capable) of having a decent discussion/arguement. As soon as they can't think of anything else to say they say this.

    Rant over :mad:
     
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    Hi,

    Rhetorical questions are also annoying. Things like:

    "Mind if I sit down?" (Do I have a fecking choice? Oh, you've sat down already.)

    "Can I see you for a minute please?" (And if I say no?)

    "Would you just do this for me, before you go?" (Again, do I have a choice in the matter?)

    "If I were you, I'd...." (You mean, you want it done your way, because your way is better than mine.)

    "See you soon" (Well, you may not see me soon, at all.)

    "I need to talk something over with you" (No you don't. You want to tell me something, and if I dislike or disagree with it, you're going to hate me even more!) :D

    "You might not regret it now, but you will soon." (Doesn't that kind of depend on if I give a s*** about you, or even have a conscience?!)


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    Hi,

    Advertisers use these ones lots....

    "New and improved" - they've changed something

    "Better than our nearest competitor" - not entirely accurate

    "Owners said there pets preferred it" - and how would the owners know this?

    All are complete b*ll**ks! :devil:


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    Pooch - EG has really rocked your world with this thread - go on man - let rip!!!:D

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    Hey Gary,

    Good to see you on the forums! :)

    It's not that, just that I'm sat waiting for a friend at Uni, so don't have much else to do, other than post to the forums. :D

    And I really hate it when people say something "rocked my world"! :rotfl: When was the last time a rock, came anywhere near your neck of the woods?!


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    Be careful with that - you'll have his/her*eye out

    * delete as appropriate
     
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    nice reply :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    Ozzy Osbourne rocked my world when i was 13 and i've been rocking ever since :rotfl:

    Gary

    PS: nice to be here :)
     
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    And there's more...

    When people say "X sucks" or "X blows". We all know they really mean that X is something they dislike, but more often than not, said item doesn't blow or suck at all! Unless it's one of those old-fashioned hoovers. :D


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