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 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   DavidinBerkeley   (Member)

I am tired of hearing people say "slippery slope." It just sounds, oh, I don't know, lazy. Like they're just using a buzzword instead of thinking about what really needs to be said.

Same with "notes."

"Oh, the pasta had these wonderful woodsy notes to it." Very yuppy, very I'm-so-hip-I-know-the-buzzword-for-it.

What words or phrases are on YOUR hit-list?

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 2:40 PM   
 By:   scorechaser   (Member)

"HereĀ“s your bill." big grin

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   crazyunclerolo   (Member)

I am tired of hearing people say "slippery slope." It just sounds, oh, I don't know, lazy. Like they're just using a buzzword instead of thinking about what really needs to be said.

Same with "notes."

"Oh, the pasta had these wonderful woodsy notes to it." Very yuppy, very I'm-so-hip-I-know-the-buzzword-for-it.

What words or phrases are on YOUR hit-list?


buzzword, hit-list

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 4:12 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

arguably and the use of the word (question) anyone?.

Hillary was arguably the weakest candidate in the field. Bosnian gunfire, anyone?

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 4:13 PM   
 By:   drivingmissdaisy   (Member)

Thats so gay, I hate that one so much, very derogatory toward gay people. What is means is gay = stupid

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 4:18 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

geopolitical

sound bytes

spin

spin control

 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 5:52 PM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

"the both of them"

"we're efforting more information"

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 4, 2008 - 8:12 PM   
 By:   Thread Assasin   (Member)

"...at the end of the day..."

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 12:16 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

The good thing is these phrases usually do go away; especially in the age of the "information super-highway".

I dislike a lot of 'business-speak'. Awful phrases jammed together - cloying, mealy-mouthed, and punchable. Especially with AQI.

"A raft of new proposals"

"proactive"

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 1:25 AM   
 By:   Urs Lesse   (Member)

"...at the end of the day..."

Sadly, I hear that phrasal in GERMAN now more and more often. It's a pain in the...ears because it is so obviously just implanted from English.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 4:33 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

"But I digress."
"Can I help whosever's next?"
"Chillax"
"Irregardless"
"Just sayin'."

Also hate when people butcher phrases: I know someone for whom, "Six of one, half-dozen of the other," is "One-half dozen other". And the way she says it, I think that she's never actually thought about the phrase, and how her version makes no sense whatsoever.

Less of an issue vocally, but in writing, "could of" instead of "could've" bothers me.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 4:38 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Thats so gay, I hate that one so much, very derogatory toward gay people. What is means is gay = stupid

I have a friend who's Jewish and a lesbian. She was visiting a friend of hers, I won't mention where, but in that friend's community "That's so gay" was a very common phrase. So my friend talked to her friend about how offensive it was to her, and her friend talked to her family, and they agreed they'd try not to use that phrase around my friend. Later on, one of them used the phrase, "That's so Jewish" in exactly the same way, not knowing my friend was a Jew.

Anyway, yes, the use of such words pejoratively is awful and I hate how commonplace and accepted the phrase, "that's so gay" has become.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 4:54 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Anyway, yes, the use of such words pejoratively is awful and I hate how commonplace and accepted the phrase, "that's so gay" has become.

I've never used that phrase but I've heard it a lot from kids. I don't think there's an association with homosexuality when they say it. It's just a phrase.

Why not just live with it? There are few things in life more tedious than offended people.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 5:13 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

I've never used that phrase but I've heard it a lot from kids. I don't think there's an association with homosexuality when they say it. It's just a phrase.

Why not just live with it? There are few things in life more tedious than offended people.


I guess I'd rather raise educated and thoughtful children who know their language and history than children who mindlessly use pejorative phrases they don't even really understand.

Or maybe we should also just live with racial slurs, misogynistic epithets, and religious and cultural insults, accept that they're colloquial, and get on with out lives. In fact, let's not do anything about anything that we find wrong or upsetting, because by God we'll be found tedious by others who don't share our particular points of view and wish we'd just shut up about it already!

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 5:14 AM   
 By:   Ray Faiola   (Member)

I'm all fagged out from this thread.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 5:26 AM   
 By:   Steve Johnson   (Member)

"Just shoot me". I'm Damned tempted to do it when I here someone say it.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

Less of an issue vocally, but in writing, "could of" instead of "could've" bothers me.

Me too. Reading that is like nails on a chalkboard + chewing on tin foil to the power of animal droppings.

And 'think outside the box' needs to die.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 6:50 AM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

I guess I'd rather raise educated and thoughtful children who know their language and history than children who mindlessly use pejorative phrases they don't even really understand.

I like to dream sweet dreams too.

Or maybe we should also just live with racial slurs, misogynistic epithets, and religious and cultural insults, accept that they're colloquial, and get on with out lives. In fact, let's not do anything about anything that we find wrong or upsetting, because by God we'll be found tedious by others who don't share our particular points of view and wish we'd just shut up about it already!

Maybe we should! Seems better than getting hung up about it - whichever side of the 'insult' you are.

Constantly thinking "am I offending someone by saying this" or "is this person offending me" ... that's what's tedious.

If there's real malice or intent of harm against you or yours then by all means be offended - but if not then it's more logical to focus your worries on the people who really want to fuck you up.

 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 7:41 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Is it getting hung up about something to respond to a message board question about phrases that bother you with a discussion of phrases that bother you?

I'm less concerned about the threat from people who "really want to fuck me up" than I am about the threat from people who just don't give a shit about other people.

I don't stop and fret every time someone says "that's so gay," but it does bug me, and does fall under the category of "phrases that need to just go away."

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 5, 2008 - 8:01 AM   
 By:   Overtones   (Member)

Dude

Bro'

 
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