07 November 2008

Somebody has compiled a list of the 10 most irritating phrases and it would seem that I use almost all of them*, “24/7”, which I guess makes me “fairly unique”.

I will make a defence of “I personally”.  A lot of the time in the media people are not speaking personally they are speaking collectively, in other words on behalf of organisations whether it be the government, business or pressure groups.  So, it is reasonable to make the distinction when the views you are expressing are genuinely your views and not those of the organisation you represent.

* The one I don’t use is “With all due respect”.  No prizes for guessing why.

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  1. Gotta no respect?

    Posted by Blognor Regis on 07 November 2008 at 01:53pm

  2. One I particularly hate is “no brainer”.  It’s usually a trick to sidestep good arguments against whatever idiocy is being claimed to be obviously good.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 November 2008 at 06:12pm

  3. Also I’m getting very tired of that thing with words separated with full stops in order to emphasise.  Just.  Fucking.  Stop.  Doing.  This.  Please.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 November 2008 at 06:14pm

  4. Especially when proceeded by “Two words”.  Followed by:  Two.  Words.

    Or three or four or however many.

    Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 07 November 2008 at 06:15pm

  5. Surely not “shouldn’t of”, Patrick?

    And everyone seems to be jumping the shark rather too much, lately, too.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on 07 November 2008 at 06:17pm

  6. Yeah, I tend to avoid “Shouldn’t of” but I rather like “jumping the shark” and “no brainer”.  And still find the full stops thing quite amusing.  And it does help to emphasize things.

    Blognor Regis wins the non-prize.

    Posted by Patrick Crozier on 07 November 2008 at 06:41pm

  7. I have suddenly discovered a profound aversion to the phrase:

    “That is so wrong on so many levels”.

    Yes? So explain them then if it’s so easy. It has the same drawbacks that Brian mentions in comment 2.

    Posted by Peter Briffa on 08 November 2008 at 03:45pm

  8. With all due respect, wazzup Patrick? At the end of the day, I personally absolutely think it’s not rocket science.

    At this fairly unique moment in time, it’s a 24/7 nightmare.

    You shouldn’t of. That is sooo wrong on so many levels.

    Kewl bruv.

    Posted by Antoine Clarke on 11 November 2008 at 06:31am

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