Annoying Phrases

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Annoying Phrases

Postby spooky girlfriend » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:22 am

(Idea ripped off from ElVez)

"If you can see it, you can be it."

"There's no I in TEAM.



Come on guys, you know some more!

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Postby RedShoes » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:26 am

"When you assume you make an ass out of "u" and "me"."

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Postby El Vez » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:27 am

1. "How will it play in Peoria?"
2. "The customer is always right."
3. "I do a little of everything."
4. "No excuses."
5. "You're doing a heck of a job, Brownie."
6. "Good writers borrow, great writers steal."

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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:40 am

I work in public relations, which is responsible for a ton of these:

1. "Let's workshop that idea, concept, etc." (no kidding, I've heard this one)
2. "Leverage" used as a verb, often followed by some nonsense such as "best-in-class technology", "industry-leading expertise", etc.
3. "Thought leadership"
4. "Intellectual capital"
5. "Influencers"
6. "Strategic alliance" (usually there ain't much strategy involved)
7. "Solutions"

I'm sure I could come up with a hundred more.
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Postby Mr. Average » Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:12 am

"Got Milk?"
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Postby verbal gymnastics » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:03 am

WSS - some of those are just oxymorons aren't they?

Some that irritate me are

1. With respect (which usually means nothing of the kind)
2. My learned friend (which always seems to patronise)
3. Touching base
4. You've got to be in it to win it
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:10 am

verbal gymnastics wrote:WSS - some of those are just oxymorons aren't they?


I don't know if they're oxymorons, maybe just annoying jargon. Whatever they are, they annoy the hell out of me.
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Postby bobster » Fri Sep 09, 2005 11:55 am

I've actually always liked the steal/plagerize quote (T.S. Eliot?), but then every great quote eventually becomes an annoying phrase...

"Everything happens for a reason." (My retort: "Yes. To screw me up!")

"Politics stops at the water's edge." (This one makes me really, really, really, angry everytime I hear it.)

"Think outside the box" (Surprised no one else mentioned this one.)
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Postby so lacklustre » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:27 pm

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Postby noiseradio » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:29 pm

You need to have paradigm shift.
Be proactive (worst fake word ever).
Make no mistake...
Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes it.
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Postby Who Shot Sam? » Fri Sep 09, 2005 1:35 pm

create synergies
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Postby so lacklustre » Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:16 pm

Come on you blues
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Postby bobster » Fri Sep 09, 2005 2:54 pm

Most annoying phrase I sometimes find myself using..."How do we position this?"

Most annoying phrase my boss likes to use, "through the use", as in our trade show exhibits are built through the use of aliminum, or I avoid starvation and dehydration through the use of food and water.
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Postby bambooneedle » Fri Sep 09, 2005 3:15 pm

When a salesperson says "how much do you want to spend?" instead of discussing a product.

"same difference"

"what's up?"

"...but that's just my opinion" or something like "I like chocolate donuts, but that's just me"

when in obvious pain "are you ok...?"

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:31 pm

On the other side of the pond? (sorry!)

Yeah, all that verbifying nouns that is meant to represent how dynamic and go-getting you Americans are (which explanation in itself is annoying enough) is just bollocks. 'Hey, let's bollocks that!' 'I want to leverage you, baby.' Grow up and use the words as intended! Then again, that's part of the fluidity of the English language, and something pretty well unique to English (as far as I'm aware), so maybe we shouldn't hate it so much.
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Postby bobster » Fri Sep 09, 2005 5:53 pm

Otis, a very impactful statement. Allow me to outstandify it.

Now, back to business.

"I'm just giving you a hard time." -- said after someone has more or less deliberately insulted you, which is supposed to make everything okay...by admitting that you're deliberately trying to, well, insult you. Saying, "I'm just pulling your leg" or the many equivalents is a less annoying, but I have an, er, hard time, with any statement in which you admit/claim to be joking. If you have to say you're joking (and sometimes even I have to), something has gone greviously wrong.
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Postby RedShoes » Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:06 pm

I had a family friend that used to say "For your F.Y.I." and, try as we might, we couldn't convince him that what he was saying was idiotic.

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Postby bambooneedle » Fri Sep 09, 2005 6:25 pm

On the other side of the pond? (sorry!)


Forgot about that one. Bugger!

But you can't have your cake and eat it too. It's all good... yada yada yada... whatever. It is what it is. Sorry. That's just me. Can I ask you a question? Better not... if it's not broke don't fix it, no point in reinventing the wheel. Now, let's rock n' roll. Fuckin' A! It's mainly the parroting of phrases that bothers me, makes me want to open up a can of whoop ass.

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Postby Mr. Misery » Fri Sep 09, 2005 7:40 pm

"Feel free..."
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I've had you so many times but somehow I want more.

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Postby DrSpooky » Fri Sep 09, 2005 8:43 pm

But wait there's more...

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Postby Mr. Average » Fri Sep 09, 2005 9:21 pm

"reorientated"
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Postby noiseradio » Fri Sep 09, 2005 10:58 pm

"Well, that's your opinion."

Yeah, no shit. I was the one talking.
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Postby so lacklustre » Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:02 am

Whatever
blah blah blah
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Postby little martinet » Sat Sep 10, 2005 8:48 am

"moving forward..."

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Postby spooky girlfriend » Sat Sep 10, 2005 9:20 am

Hand to God, I got this one in some spam this morning:

"Goals are dreams with deadlines"

Eeech.


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