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Words or phrases that drive you mad

One thing that gets up my 'ooter is car advertising. Saw an ad the other week: 'Ford Focus (2000), with genuine 180,000 miles with service history...' The bit that gets my goat is the ad continued: 'Drives like new'.

It might drive nicely but it won't DRIVE LIKE NEW!!!!
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Anything trendy inflames my nostrils, and always has, ever since I was in my teens. Then it was people calling each other "Ma..a...an," now it's coffee shop customers starting with "Can I get..."

In between it was all the business jargon covered in other threads, though I've retired so it doesn't shake my tree going forwards.

Then there are yukky words the press repeat in every article whether relevant or not: snowflake, millenial, patriarchy, sea change.
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Now you've got me started!

Awesome, iconic, very unique, solutions, 'can' when it should be 'may', logistics. I've even seen 'logistic solutions', probably meant 'removals' or 'deliveries'. Swapping out plus any number of other americanisms. Pressure when they mean force. 'Escaped gravity' when something is in orbit when it is gravity that's keeping it in orbit. Centrifugal when it should be centripetal. I'm going to stop there. Save some for others. I need a lie-down now.

Another is the misuse of 'fewer' and 'less' as though they are interchangeable.
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Journey, when used to describe any sort of mental challenge, is the one that winds me up the most, as in "I have given up smoking, it has been a long journey".
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"Can I get......." This is probably top of my list too.

"See you soon...." From receptionist (for instance at the opticians where you have an eye test every two years) as you leave the shop.
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Others that drive me bonkers is: "I'm just touching base". Or these stuck up chavs. You have a face-to-face conversation and they say: "OMG". They look down on you as if they've stepped in something nasty, if you say 'oh my god'.
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Cold callers who start off by saying "and how are you today". I am afraid I have been known to say "as if you give a f***".

I am also with Starkers ^ "Journey" aargh!!
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i still dislike the term pre-owned and will continue to say second hand.

saying absolutely all the time when a simple yes would suffice.
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saying absolutely all the time when a simple yes would suffice.
Yes, absolutely

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Centrifugal when it should be centripetal.
Is that the one you get when you swing a centipede around in a circle holding his legs

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Like....So many people my age (under 25) use 'like' as every other word as if they cannot string a coherent sentence together. "So like, you like know the person that was like.....grrrrr

That and 'mansplaining' its not a thing I'm afraid feminazis....
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All of the above, and my long standing hatred of the over use of the word - I'm getting the jitters already - 'amazing', to describe everything.

'what was it like meeting God?' It was amazing!
'Can you describe him?' He looked amazing!'
'what did he say?' Amaze-balls!

You just know you're not going to learn a great deal from the person who met God.

Oh - as for the 180,000 genuine miles in adverts. I wanted one with 180,000 fake miles on it ;-)
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and another thing

Pre-order the latest whatever today in shops. If I place an order for something I expect it is not in stock but will arrive in due course. So what different happens if I pre-order something. Do I have to go back and order it again when the supplier has it available?
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'First to see will buy' is a pet hate.
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Going forwards
Let me run it up the flagpole
Let's put some wheels on this wagon and see which way it rolls.

That sort of management bullcrap stuff.
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All of the above, and my long standing hatred of the over use of the word - I'm getting the jitters already - 'amazing', to describe everything.

'what was it like meeting God?' It was amazing!
'Can you describe him?' He looked amazing!'
'what did he say?' Amaze-balls!

You just know you're not going to learn a great deal from the person who met God.

Oh - as for the 180,000 genuine miles in adverts. I wanted one with 180,000 fake miles on it ;-)
Oh yes.

Just like "awesome" - being filled with awe.

Meeting God would be "awesome" - not that he/she exist but I digress.
Seeing a sun explode would be awesome.
Even a volcano in full explosive mode would be awesome.
Eating an ok pizza isn't.

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A few phrases really bug me...

Completely agree with the 'like' epidemic, I'm starting to catch passive stupid from it.

1. What you don't get, right... - Especially when someone has specifically asked your opinion and then for some reason is offended by it.
2. I'll take a... - You won't TAKE anything, you'll say 'please can I have...' (Retail will make you hate this one)
3. Anything that's phrased as a choice but in fact therein lies no choice at all - Don't give me a choice if I can make the WRONG one!
4. Why don't you just get a new/normal car - Your preoccupation with my choice of transport does not interest me or affect you - Or perhaps I should follow it up with "What you don't get, right!"

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Is that the one you get when you swing a centipede around in a circle holding his legs
Make sure you're not likely to go off at a tangent!
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People who refer to their house as a "property"! Just a business transaction then, not a home?? Grrrrrr

People who say "math" not "maths"!!! Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Generally on the news over dramatising an event. Shock horror it's winter and the weather is cold!! The other week the north of Scotland got hit with gale force winds. It's not news, it happens every winter and multiple times. It's just weather!!!!

I'll calm down now!!!

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Well not entirely in this category but an observation from today. When moving, sticking little notes on objects saying 'Plant IT', 'Desk IT', 'Chair Administration'..... I DO know what a chair, a plant and a desk are!

Also the word 'but' as in: You are right, but.......
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Well not entirely in this category but an observation from today. When moving, sticking little notes on objects saying 'Plant IT', 'Desk IT', 'Chair Administration'..... I DO know what a chair, a plant and a desk are!

Also the word 'but' as in: You are right, but.......
Yes, 'but' negates everything said before it.
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Does it have to be car related?

'Eat me' bananas and 'keep me' bananas!

Supermarkets telling me what to do with my South American fruits!!!
Ar$#ho€¥s!!!!!
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"If I'm honest...". That'd be nice.
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"If I'm honest...". That'd be nice.
Not necessarily - I might prefer you to keep your unpalatable opinions to yourself.

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Going forwards
Let me run it up the flagpole
Let's put some wheels on this wagon and see which way it rolls.

That sort of management bullcrap stuff.
Going forwards does my head in. To the point where if someone says it I often respond by asking if we can go backwards or sideways instead.

Many moons ago, someone gave me a bull**** bingo sheet full of this nonsense. The idea being that you take it to meetings and tick them off as you hear them. I had a manager who was full of this crap so I used to openly hand out copies to my colleagues. It worked as she realised that she spoke absolutely ******** half the time and toned it down. Then she got promoted and became a million times worse.

These days I love to throw in a bit of running things up the flagpole, letting things wither on the vine, not dying in a ditch over things etc. It amuses me no end so it's a win-win for everyone.

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