certain phrases which give me the irrational rage. Anyone else?

(426 Posts)
NolansEpicDressSense Sun 26-Jan-14 19:06:15

'is your husband babysitting?' actually that's not an irrational one. It annoys the fuck out of me.

'I am eating my meal'. No you're not, you're eating your breakfast/dinner/tea/lunch/supper/whatever you want to call it, not your meal. <eal is a horrid word.

'I'm going horse riding'. I don't know why this makes me wince. It's just 'riding'. I find it really grating. This one is irrational, sorry.

'PIN number'. What? Your Personal Identification Number number? That makes no sense whatsoever.



Cheesyslice Sun 26-Jan-14 19:07:47

'With all due respect...'

Any sentence following this fucking annoying caveat is guaranteed to be disrespectful. If you want to be rude, go for it. Don't bother trying to be polite immediately prior.

Chottie Sun 26-Jan-14 19:08:43

I hate 'can I have a lend of?'

and phrases like

he / she was thieving......

bunny boiler

DarrenFox Sun 26-Jan-14 19:09:25

um, you could be riding a bike?

'please may you' upsets me

Coumarin Sun 26-Jan-14 19:09:45

We're mad busy.

It's soul destroying.

Both said by people working in retail referring to an extra person being in the store and someone ruffling up a jumper they folded.

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:09:47

The good lady wife, her indoors give me the rage.

RandyRudolf Sun 26-Jan-14 19:09:56

yy to eating my meal. Makes me want to stab them with their bloody fork.

Methe Sun 26-Jan-14 19:10:08

What on earth with the word meal?

I'm eating my meal is a strange turn of phrase but hardly offensive.

I can't stand any sentence with the word belly in it and anyone who says or writes gotten deserves to be garrotted.

JerseySpud Sun 26-Jan-14 19:10:22

'I'm not being horrible but'

'I'm sorry but'

'Sory if i sound rude but'

Coumarin Sun 26-Jan-14 19:10:36

Not exactly a phrase but 'yum' really makes me cringe.

I'm sending out the invites / I got an invite etc - makes me want to poke forks in their eyes.

Methe Sun 26-Jan-14 19:11:04

I missed out two whole words. Impressive!

What's on earth is wrong with the word meal.

Newyearchanger Sun 26-Jan-14 19:11:23

I would of thought that .....


I don't think I have ever heard anybody say, 'I am eating my meal.'

Newyearchanger Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:00


RandyRudolf Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:02

'That'll learn you' and 'will you borrow me some money' and 'can I lend some money'.

DarrenFox Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:19

I can cope with 'yum' but 'yummy' makes me want to peer icily at people over my pince nez and tell them they are no longer 5.

Even if they are 5.

GeraldineFangedVagine Sun 26-Jan-14 19:12:42

I hate 'taking this forward', 'actioning this' and 'brainstorming'.

"Let me tell you what it is..." when they are phoning me for the service I provide.
Yes, please. Do tell. It helps as my mindreading is really shit.

I don't know why this riles me so much, but it does <defiant>

RandyRudolf Sun 26-Jan-14 19:13:34

Any sentence that ends in 'or'. "Are you coming or..."

Or what????.

"I am no racist/homophob/sexist, but...."

Yes, dear, you are.

NaturalBlondeYeahRight Sun 26-Jan-14 19:14:13

At the end of the day...

So I turned around and said (always starts the ballerinas off in my head)

Most sentences with the word 'literally' in it. Is it?

Dromedary Sun 26-Jan-14 19:14:18

When your train is cancelled or delayed, etc etc: "We apologise for any inconvenience that may have been caused." Of course inconvenience has been caused, bastards!

Blueberry234 Sun 26-Jan-14 19:14:39

Totes amazeballs
and putting le in front of things like le weep and le cringe

mrspremise Sun 26-Jan-14 19:15:27

somethink = SOMETHING
anythink = ANYTHING

Grrrrrr angry angry angry angry

Coumarin Sun 26-Jan-14 19:15:52

Darren Oddly I can tolerate yummy. Yum makes me want to vomit.

Dromedary Sun 26-Jan-14 19:16:01

Also DC saying "I BRUNG my book to school". What is it about the past tense of BRING that makes it so impossible for children to remember, despite it being pointed out a million times?

Cuddlydragon Sun 26-Jan-14 19:16:20

"It's almost exactly". No it's not, it's either "almost" or "exactly". Arghhhh

sharonosaurus Sun 26-Jan-14 19:16:39

"At the end of the day"

Yes, what about it? Its fucking midnight usually, now fuck off

Pigeonhouse Sun 26-Jan-14 19:16:53

'It is what it is.'

'End of.'

or 'End of' followed by 'Simple as that.'

But my direst hatred is reserved for the phrase 'all walks of life', which I think tries to suggest that inequality and the class system is 'natural', because there we all are, walking together on our different ways.

Newyearchanger Sun 26-Jan-14 19:17:20

" I can do that for you " ... When it is just actually their job not a personal favour to me!!!!!! Just do it!

mrspremise Sun 26-Jan-14 19:17:38

and people my boss saying 'yourself' when they she mean s YOU. FFS! ITt doesn't make you sound 'posh', it makes you sound ignorant...

Dromedary Sun 26-Jan-14 19:17:58

Yes, baby language is vile. I used to know a man (in his 30s) who always spoke in baby language. Eg "I'm going for a little walkie now". Did he really think that this endeared him to everyone? Apparently so.

LottieJenkins Sun 26-Jan-14 19:17:59

I hate it when people say "My bad!!!!" angry

Mishmashfamily Sun 26-Jan-14 19:18:00

Boils my piss ....... really' is your puss actually boiling?


'Can you just get me...' <----- my dp.

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:18:04

I'm going town.... missing out "to".
Shall we go cinema?

I could go on and on. But I won't.

AphraBane Sun 26-Jan-14 19:18:09

To be honest, the use of 'give me the rage' as in your OP makes me feel rather irrationally annoyed. grin

Mishmashfamily Sun 26-Jan-14 19:18:11


mrspremise Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:02

Sorry, too many strikeouts there... Still pees me off though angry

TobyLerone Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:22

'Meal' is a really horrible word.

And 'sorry', when you're not sorry. On Baby Names, for example.
"What do you think of this name?"
"I don't like it, sorry."

Why on earth are you sorry? You're not! And neither should you be!

Also, when you've just been rude. "Sorry, but I think you're being a dick."

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:23

mrspremise you've really hit on a real bug-bear of mine. Yourself, myself ourselves. Can these people really not know that it's just wrong?

Lorialet Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:24

When people say "for my sins". Don't know why but it makes me cringe.

hazeyjane Sun 26-Jan-14 19:19:41

'Quite literally' inserted in a sentence which quite literally doesn't need the word literally.

Eg - it was quite literally a hairy situation (said to me yesterday)

NewBlueShoesToo Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:02

'It's not rocket science'. Obviously.

Gift wrap - no, it's wrapping paper, wrap is a verb. (Don't start me on the tortilla/wrap.)

Love PIN number. In our village there was an Annual AGM Meeting.smile

Mishmashfamily Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:07

'Sick in my mouth'
Actually all the over used MN phrases..

"I hurted my back"

But when DS4 says he wants his sausage 'cutted' up, it's adorable of course wink

Ellengriswold Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:42

"Personally speaking..." (What else would
It be?) Same for "in my opinion..."
"Here, here!" (Argh the spelling.)
sits in corner rocking and thinking of all the others

NolansEpicDressSense Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:52

Annual AGM Meeting! Oh crikey!


Misspixietrix Sun 26-Jan-14 19:20:57

I get stabby when people include totes reem etc in to their sentences and amazeballs gets a deathstare of me. The word moreover annoys me too. Also people who say "No offence but..." Mostly followed by something offensive.

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:21:04

<giggling at Annual AGM Meeting>

bequiasweet Sun 26-Jan-14 19:21:10

'fallen' pregnant
'We're' pregnant
My 'boy' (when 50 year-old woman refers to her similarly-aged man-friend)
At this moment in time
I was 'sat' on the chair
It's time for 'Mum' to feed 'baby (don't be so lazy, we both have names you know)
I'm going toilet (or any similar announcement which misses out 'to the')

And breathe ..... grin

'Annual AGM Meeting' grin
Must've been especially important, that meeting <impressed>

NolansEpicDressSense Sun 26-Jan-14 19:21:58

I like amazeballs etc


emotionsecho Sun 26-Jan-14 19:23:21

"I brought this new top at the shops today" No you BOUGHT it aaargh!

Wasers - people who use was when it should be were.

Like Lily, the word moist, just something about it and the faces people make when they say it. Totally irrational I know.

Misspixietrix Sun 26-Jan-14 19:23:57

Sorry OP grin.

oldgrandmama Sun 26-Jan-14 19:24:12

Politician speak - such as: 'lessons have been learned' ... 'hard working people' ... 'we're all in this together' (ha ha ha ha - ROFPMS)

cherrytree63 Sun 26-Jan-14 19:24:19

Needless to say...

Then don't say it!!!!

'Let's be clear ...'

Any 'infantalisation' or 'euphemistic' of language - lady garden, time of month, baby dancing

RandyRudolf Sun 26-Jan-14 19:26:02

I'm going to the Asda.

Morgause Sun 26-Jan-14 19:26:40

Lots of these.

And unnecessary "etc".

We were having breakfast etc.
We took photos etc


LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:26:53

What's baby dancing? (Dare I ask)

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:06

<wishing I hadn't asked!>

shoom Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:36

"The Mrs", "her indoors" etc.
"Lessons learnt".
"Paying it forward".
Anything that seems overused. Business-speak. Or other stock phrases that really mean nothing will be different in future but let's pretend. grin

bigbarns Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:43

Not quite a whole annoying phrase but a colleague at works says "can we be pacific about this" instead of specific.
Sniggering at PIN Number and Annual AGM Meeting

Lily, aka DTD = doing the deed wink

Ratfinkle Sun 26-Jan-14 19:27:52

A bag of crisp

It's a bag of crisps, plural

wetaugust Sun 26-Jan-14 19:28:35

'Poorly' - exactly what diagnosis is this?

'Going forward' when they mean 'in the fututre'

Since I retired I have refused to speak corporate-bollox any more.

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 19:28:41

grin [embarrassed]

Morgause Sun 26-Jan-14 19:28:49

And cohort and outwith

NolansEpicDressSense Sun 26-Jan-14 19:29:06

'The Asda' is correct though, iirc it's the Associated Dairy or something similar.

Which doesn't make it any less irritating.

People using 'less' when they mean 'fewer' irritates me beyond reason. Not so much in speech, but written down it hurts my poor head.

wetaugust Sun 26-Jan-14 19:29:43

And 'calling' someone when you actually mean 'challenge'

IamRechargingthankYou Sun 26-Jan-14 19:30:54

"strategies" - you mean "strategy" don't you? and unless you're a general or a chessmaster you really shouldn't be using the word for everyday things anyway

"good, good" - instead of just "good"

Mehrida Sun 26-Jan-14 19:31:46

Wow factor.

Words cannot describe how much I hate those two words put together like that.

emotionsecho Sun 26-Jan-14 19:32:05


Parkend Sun 26-Jan-14 19:32:28

'See you later' when I know I will never see that person ever again.

wetaugust Sun 26-Jan-14 19:33:14

and referring to anyone over 18 a a 'lad', as the description seems to excuse all sorts of anti-social behaviour.

And having a night out with the lads = a rare excursion in the evening with your similar boring 40-something contemporaries.

bridgetsmum Sun 26-Jan-14 19:33:15

Playdate. I really hate that word

And I have a friend who constantly used words in greeting cards and in Facebook that her kids use.
Like "happy burpday" and "falmetines day"
Plus she calls her kids the squiddiewinks or the chizlers!!!!


HumphreyCobbler Sun 26-Jan-14 19:36:46

yy to invites. It is an INVITATION. Invite is a verb.

Prolly is awful too.

Don't see the issue with meal, it is a perfectly normal word.

HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs Sun 26-Jan-14 19:40:37

I've inboxed you. [facebook]

No. You've messaged me. The message is in my inbox.

muppetthecow Sun 26-Jan-14 19:42:13

Perscription (I'm a pharmacist so I get this a lot!). It's a PREscription which was PREscribed.

yy to bought/brought! If you bring it you have brought it, if you buy it you have bought it.

I used to have a t-shirt that said "Never enter your PIN number into an ATM machine as you may contract the HIV virus". It's amazing how many people just could not understand it...

Hunfriend Sun 26-Jan-14 19:42:27

"can we be pacific" ???????
Surely no one says this< pleads>

kennyp Sun 26-Jan-14 19:43:06

little man
"a wine" EURGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
sunday roast
yummy mummy
people who tell you what a whacky/evil sense of humour they've got
primarni for primark. just call it primark, for fucks sake.
even stephens
tut (for rubbish)
so he was like, and she was like.
international conglomerate
piers morgan
john bishop
john bishop
john bishop
michael mc intyre

kennyp Sun 26-Jan-14 19:43:48

my husband says pacific!!!!!! but he is more like neil from the inbetweeners than neil from the inbetweeners is.

SoBloodyFrustrated Sun 26-Jan-14 19:45:27

Finally others who share my dislike of the word meal! The way it sounds the fact that Facebook is rife with people posting 'lovely meal' fuck off it was dinner, you ate dinner!!!

Also the phrase 'can I get' when ordering something. No fuck off you can't get, you may have!

bigbarns Sun 26-Jan-14 19:45:56

Sorry Hunfriend, I'm afraid it is true.

scarffiend Sun 26-Jan-14 19:47:14

When people say 'obviously' about something you know nothing about. It's not bloody obvious to me! Particularly grating when complaining about a sub standard service which had been provided. 'Well obviously this is how it works and so it's not our fault. Obviously.' Shhhhhhhhhh!!!

Hotmad Sun 26-Jan-14 19:47:46

It annoys me so much that people get the words tactical and tactile mixed up. Eg on big brother one of the girls complained that someone was tactile voting!

lastonepicked Sun 26-Jan-14 19:48:01

'Well, the thing is, is...'

Is. Just is.

OhGoveUckYourself Sun 26-Jan-14 19:48:57

'I'm sat here' - no you are sitting not sat. I sit, I sat, I was sitting. Basic stuff really.
'I'm bored of' - no, you are bored with not of something.
'I'm laying in bed' - are you a chicken? No, so you must be lying in bed not laying.
I think my head has just exploded....

lifeinthefastlane1 Sun 26-Jan-14 19:49:12

peoples absolute refusal to use or write the word me, ... and I, I and ... is not always correct and sounds really pretentious when its wrong, also over use of the !!!!!!

bigbarns Sun 26-Jan-14 19:49:27

Another one which just came to me is when getting off a train why do they feel the need to tell you to take your personal belongings with you. What other sort of belongings are there?!

Joysmum Sun 26-Jan-14 19:50:51

Sorry OP, I need to specify whether I'm riding my horse, my bike or my motorbike so I need to be pacific specific.

Ask, isn't pronounced arks
Words ending in 'ing' aren't pronounced 'ink'
'I don't mind', when somebody is arksed asked for a preference and then doesn't agree with the choice others have made angry

bigbarns Sun 26-Jan-14 19:51:20

"Can I have this for free?" No you bloody can't, you can get it free or for nothing, but not for free.

lifeinthefastlane1 Sun 26-Jan-14 19:51:30

however ...and me , me and ... does not bother me at all!!!!!!

weebarra Sun 26-Jan-14 19:52:58

"Going forward" - I once counted the number of times my boss said this in a half hour meeting. 15!!!
Nom/noms - you are 36 and have a degree in philosophy. Please don't.
Should of - just annoying
Quite specific to my part of the world, "yous" for plural "you".

strongurgetofly Sun 26-Jan-14 19:55:10

I fucking hate when people say nom nom nom
Among other things.
I'll try and think of more.

OhGoveUckYourself Sun 26-Jan-14 19:55:18

Oh and I forgot the irritating ' no problem'. You are in a restaurant and order dinner or a drink and the person taking your order replies 'no probblem'. Why, just why?

SueDoku Sun 26-Jan-14 19:55:42

'Pacific'..... Aaargh..!!

'Nucular power' - I cannot tell you how relieved I was when George W gave way to Barack Obama - a man who can pronounce 'nuclear' as it is spelt.... smile

'I goes/he goes' used instead of 'I said/he said' when reporting a conversation

'You're joking me?' -- used by my DC regularly if they think that I'm not being serious angry smile

strongurgetofly Sun 26-Jan-14 19:56:21

I fucking hate when people say nom nom nom
Among other things.
I'll try and think of more.

strongurgetofly Sun 26-Jan-14 19:56:22

I fucking hate when people say nom nom nom
Among other things.
I'll try and think of more.

scarffiend Sun 26-Jan-14 19:56:51

The pacific thing pisses me off too. As does 'defiantly' instead of 'definitely'. I'm so intolerant of bad spelling. I know someone who posts on Facebook 'huges' when she actually means hugs. When I read that I want to hug her round the neck. With my hands. Really tight.

MrsSteptoe Sun 26-Jan-14 20:00:17

Latte. It's milk. If you mean cafe latte, say so.
Unique, unless it is.
The Man from Majorca (when talking about Nadal), the x-times winning German champion (when talking about Schumacher), any similar shit. THEY HAVE NAMES. USE THEM.
Myself, unless it's correctly used.
Monies, when you mean money.
It should be noted that. Almost always five words that could be cut without leaving any hole whatsoever.

shoom Sun 26-Jan-14 20:00:39

Can I point out that the OP said "phrases which cause irrational rage". grin

MrsSteptoe Sun 26-Jan-14 20:00:57

*Caffe latte. Sorry.

MrsSteptoe Sun 26-Jan-14 20:01:13

shoom grin

5HundredUsernamesLater Sun 26-Jan-14 20:01:31

I don't know why but I hate it when people say 'trying for a baby' and I hate being called 'Hun'

LilyTheSavage Sun 26-Jan-14 20:04:35

I've got to say it, I was trying to keep quiet but I hate the word serviette when used instead of napkin (unless you're speaking French and talking about a towel). If you mean paper napkin then say it.

'Can I get' instead of please may I have. Aarggh!!

Hassled Sun 26-Jan-14 20:08:04

"colourway" to mean colour. I bought a coffee machine yesterday which came in a range of colourways, apparently.

And, increasingly, the word "light-hearted". There has to be an algorithm somewhere which can ban it.

Felix90 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:08:22

'Gin o'clock' or anything similar really winds me up.

Also my sister thinks you say 'high rate' rather than 'irate' angry

MrsSteptoe Sun 26-Jan-14 20:08:34

With you on "Can I get", but I've started to hate "may I have" instead of "can I have" (and I do know the former is more polite). It's something to do with the way DH says it. He really makes a big deal of saying MAY I have, like he's trying to emphasise how correct or fucking polite he is or something. I'm going with can I have out of pure irritation.

Marshy Sun 26-Jan-14 20:09:05

In a restaurant or cafe, being asked what you would, you say 'i would like' not 'can I get'. Some of my favourite people do this. They really should stop...

missymarmite Sun 26-Jan-14 20:09:51

Could of, should of, would of... Argh!!!!! NO!!!

It's could have, should have, would have ( abbreviated to 've is fine).

Just drives me insane with irrational rage!

Marshy Sun 26-Jan-14 20:12:04

Cross posted with kindred spirits! We should go to a cafe together and order properly!

SoBloodyFrustrated Sun 26-Jan-14 20:12:28

I'm going to Tescos urgh no you're going to Tesco. Asdas is another.

JerseySpud Sun 26-Jan-14 20:12:52

'i am so wary of this' instead of weary.

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:12

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:13

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:13

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:13

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:13

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:14

It probably says a lot about me that my immediate reaction was "what's wrong with specifying it's horse riding? They could be riding an ostrich"

or a bike. whatever. [skulks off to go live with the ostriches]

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:40

Fuck. Sorry.

bigbarns Sun 26-Jan-14 20:19:50

A friend sells some diet product and regularly advertises it on Facebook as a great way to loose weight.

sheriffofnottingham Sun 26-Jan-14 20:22:18

Someone in a shop hands you your change and says 'thanking you'.

No, it's thank you. Saying thanking you is simply narrating your own life in the third person, and the fact that you haven't actually said thank you means you're narrating it inaccurately

shoom Sun 26-Jan-14 20:22:56

Threads that begin with "Has anyone ever".
Yes! Probably many thousands of people have changed to that career / been to that holiday resort / eaten in that restaurant.

Stinkyminkymoo Sun 26-Jan-14 20:23:34

Meal is for chickens.

That is all.

nennypops Sun 26-Jan-14 20:24:18

"Cleanse", particularly in adverts. What's wrong with "clean"?

Pardon my French : usually followed by a fake guilty look

You're an adult - fucking swear or don't fucking swear just don't say Pardon My French you twat.

nirishma Sun 26-Jan-14 20:27:10

" I was literally DYING"


BecauseIsaidS0 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:29:47

game changer - makes me want to scream.

MrsSteptoe Sun 26-Jan-14 20:31:40

Sports commentators: "xx is asking all the questions". "Has he got enough in his locker?"
And speaking of questions...
"begs the question". It does not mean "raises the question".

wetaugust Sun 26-Jan-14 20:34:29

I'll have a continent please Carol.


It's consonant you moron.

desertmum Sun 26-Jan-14 20:35:37

he did awesome NO it is he did awesomely ( that is if you have to say it at all)

Caitlin17 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:36:46

"Snuggle"- it's as bad as moist.

"She was sat there" no you mean "she sat" or "she was sitting"

"In the event of" a phrase can almost always be replaced by"if"

puntasticusername Sun 26-Jan-14 20:40:51

I did NOT know that about Asda being the Associated Dairy thingy. Interesting.

Tescos, Asdas, yes, annoying - but OTOH, no one in the history of the world ever said "I'm just nipping to Sainsbury".

Others - "[facile observation], I'll tell you that for free". Oh thankyou - because of course I do normally pay for conversations.

"To be fair...".

"In the round".

I'll think of more.

NinjaPenguin Sun 26-Jan-14 20:41:39

Calling something 'mental'

And saying 'I'm a bit OCD'

And 'stabby'.

CassCade Sun 26-Jan-14 20:42:59

My mother's lack of grammar drives me mad.

A prime example was when speaking about DD doing something last week: "she done it really good!"

I can't stand stand it. I do have issues with her though, and the grammar (lack of) doesn't help.

Mother: "So I see the umbrella, right... "
Me: "You mean, you saw the umbrella... "
Mother (indignant): "That's what I said!"

Peacocklady Sun 26-Jan-14 20:44:12

"So what have you got to tell me?" In the context of a catch up with friends etc.
it always makes my mind go blank and puts me on the spot. I like spontaneous conversation!

NinjaPenguin Sun 26-Jan-14 20:44:14

Oh, and my DS' girlfriend says...

'What is air?'

And 'naaah then/den.'

And 'LOL' or 'JK!' out loud.

She's a lovely, wonderful girl, but those four phrases get on my nerves, I admit.

missymarmite Sun 26-Jan-14 20:47:12

Caitlin17 I'm with you on the 'snuggle' word. If you have to use it, it's "snuggle up",not just "snuggle" on its own. Have read some appalling cheap American kindle books where the heroine used this constantly. It really got my goat (I'm sure that last phrase will annoy the fuck out of someone but there you go)

Misspixietrix Sun 26-Jan-14 20:49:58

I have never heard anyone say LOL in real life. Hoping I never do too smile

WitchWay Sun 26-Jan-14 20:51:12

It was to die for - my mum uses this about puddings - grrr
I was sat - AARGH was sitting
I text him - no NO you texted him or even better sent him a text

Caitlin17 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:52:58

"Wow just wow"
"Political correctness gone mad" (translation I'm losing the argument but this is my trump card)

Someone mentioned "outwith" yes unless you are drafting a legal contract where it can be useful.

Generally people using legal terms incorrectly, especially Americanisms in the context of English law and English terms in the context of Scots Law.

I understand you're not legally qualified but just refer to the concept of what you're try to say in plain English. It'll make your point sound far more convincing than throwing in random legal jargon.

DadOnIce Sun 26-Jan-14 20:53:06

One similar to Mrs Steptoe's above is the tabloid tendency to refer to thesps, singers etc. by their latest work, even when it isn't necessarily their best or most memorable.

You know, like calling Prince "the 'Cinnamon Girl' hitmaker", when hardly anyone bought that and most of us think of him more as the "Purple Rain" or "1999" singer.

Or referring to actors by their latest flop film: "Brad Pitt [blah blah blah].... the 'World War Z' actor said...." Aaagh!

AdventColander Sun 26-Jan-14 20:53:48

"I'm good" in answer to "How are you?"
Holibobs for holidays
Brang as the past tense of bring
Starting a story with the word "So".

DizzyZebra Sun 26-Jan-14 20:55:09

Would "horsing" be a better alternative to horse riding OP? I was explaining something to a friend once and he suddenly came out with "i have been horsing before you know!"

Maybe the two of you could start a trend grin

My hated saying of the month is when people talk about the circles they move in. Just say your friends ffs! You do not spend all the time walking around in a circle do you?!

fizzykola Sun 26-Jan-14 20:55:17

'What you have to remember is.....'
Said by Patronising Bastard.

Caitlin17 Sun 26-Jan-14 20:55:27

And clearly I meant "trying to say..."

Iwannalaylikethisforever Sun 26-Jan-14 20:58:15

Facebook me.
Play date
Date night
One person I know says I fink it's more better, childish use of language is embarrassing
Lastly not exactly what op was asking but irritating anyway is when people read things wrong, for instance, the shop bedeck, I know someone who says bed-deck grrrr
Matalan became Mataland !

Olivegirl Sun 26-Jan-14 21:01:05

Meal ? grin I get it ...it's so annoying ..

Can't stand it when I hear people calling others bab or babe confusedconfused

puntasticusername Sun 26-Jan-14 21:01:12

Wait right there.

People actually say "lol" irl? They SAY it? They say "lol"?

brain asplode

Oh yeah, when people say "brain asplode" as if it's cute or something.

puntasticusername Sun 26-Jan-14 21:03:16

I wanna - that is annoying, but I found DH's version of it funny - he genuinely thought that Persimmon Homes was called Permission Homes. Weird.

notso Sun 26-Jan-14 21:04:57

When people say things like" I'm going to team that with a black trouser"
Or "this would look great with a wedge"

When PIL people talk about weather and say "*they've given* snow for Monday" who the fuck are they giving all this weather away?

When people add an h to words that begin with o. A mum on the yard told me her son plays the hoboe grin

The rage, the sex and the Tuesday

Coumarin Sun 26-Jan-14 21:07:02

Not a spoken phrase but 'sending you baby dust'. Said on ttc forums. If you're still living in a land of magic sparkles and wishes you should be using contraception. <bitter>

Mind you I haven't darkened their doors for a longtime now.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Sun 26-Jan-14 21:12:07

Punt - I would laugh at that and remind dh of his error

Also hate it when people say "oh they are just blowing smoke up up your/my arse "... Why?? What for? I'm familiar with what it means but it's so annoying.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Sun 26-Jan-14 21:14:57

Notsoe . I can't help imagine giving a "wedgey" to the person who said that would look good with a wedge ...

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 21:16:37

I get shabby when people say "hashtag" in real life.
A woman at work does it all the time.

"it's snowing outside. Hashtag coat shopping!"

"I saw a flash mob yesterday. Hashtag awesome!"


Mia4 Sun 26-Jan-14 21:17:39

I don't mean to bitch/moan/offend' yes you bloody do that's why you're acknowledging it!

'Like' every few words or so. On the train, I overhear many phone calls due to a malfunctioning Ipod, one time I counted 23 in a two minute conversation.

I'm literally', said when it makes no sense.

The word 'naice' when written, looks wrong, grinds my gears.

dementedma Sun 26-Jan-14 21:20:49

Pacific instead of specific
Invite instead of invitation
Sikth - its SIXTH!! SIXTH dammit!
Text as a past tense

dementedma Sun 26-Jan-14 21:25:24

Oh, and horseback riding which is even worse then horse riding
And the signs in our town exhorting us to " shop local'..... I have to write an additional "ly" on to create the adverb.
And my colleague who says "I've went"

ellietrying Sun 26-Jan-14 21:26:06

If you're looking for something and people say "oh it's always the last place you look" - of course it is! I'm not going to carry on looking when I've found it am I??

Objection Sun 26-Jan-14 21:26:11


I give up!

Get involved

Hiphopopotamus Sun 26-Jan-14 21:29:14

People that say ATM Machine - more of an issue with Americans that I know, but same issue as PIN number.

A Facebook one - people that comment on status's/newsfeed threads saying 'I've PM'ed you' or 'I've inboxed you'. Attention seeking pointless bollocks. The person you have sent a message to know's you've messaged them because they've received a fucking message!

Ifihadmytimeagain Sun 26-Jan-14 21:32:18

Asdas, Tescos, Lidles. No, it's Asda, Tesco and Liddle.

The phrase 'With respect', always followed by an insult. Bloody financial advisor lost a great deal of commission after using this fraise during our conversation last year. Cheeky fecker.

Same as I say, used instead of 'as I said'

and finally, my favourite, 'the wife'. Horrible.

SingingGerbil Sun 26-Jan-14 21:33:42

The excessive use of myself and yourself in sentences. Worst culprits being shop assistants and people in telesales. Sorry if you work in either of those industries. I think they just tie themselves up in knots with it and end up sound ridiculous.

wetaugust Sun 26-Jan-14 21:37:46

Asdas, Tescos, Lidles. No, it's Asda, Tesco and Liddle.


Where I come from it's Asdal , Tescol and Liddle.

Oh are!

Marshy Sun 26-Jan-14 21:37:55

Err - ifihad you do know it's Lidl, don't you...?

2mummies Sun 26-Jan-14 21:38:12

Maybe it's a regional thing (we've moved 50 miles further west than we used to be), but when people say "Where did you get that to?", instead of "-from", or similar. Really gets to me.

Whatfun Sun 26-Jan-14 21:38:35

A big ask.

My bad.

Both phrases make me want to scream.

SaucyJack Sun 26-Jan-14 21:40:06

"Me time"

Pass me the sick bucket.

SingingGerbil Sun 26-Jan-14 21:40:32

Oh and when women say they "caught" when saying that they got pregnant. Surely you catch a cold, you don't magically catch a baby. A man has to put his willy inside you (sorry, got that off another thread blush)

Catsize Sun 26-Jan-14 21:50:26

Silver/Golden/Diamond wedding anniversary.

'I haven't had time'.

'I was stood/sat'.

Catsize Sun 26-Jan-14 21:52:03

singing, I have been pregnant twice and a man didn't do that, but
I also hate the 'caught' thing - am with you in that one! grin

Catsize Sun 26-Jan-14 21:52:20


NinjaPenguin Sun 26-Jan-14 21:52:56

I can image walking down the street and having a random baby chucked at you, and being told you're now pregnant.

Caitlin17 Sun 26-Jan-14 21:54:40

My mother-in- law calling my husband "son" instead of his name.

DumSpiroSpero Sun 26-Jan-14 21:57:37

'she's pregnant to him'

Wtaf is that about?

oohdaddypig Sun 26-Jan-14 22:00:40

"Yummy mummy" <boak>

"Belly pork"

"Can I get" ... Irrational I know but it winds me up

TypicaLibra Sun 26-Jan-14 22:00:47

In a similar vein to AGM meeting and PIN number I've just realised I refer to 'the le Creuset'!

storynanny Sun 26-Jan-14 22:04:14


drbonnieblossman Sun 26-Jan-14 22:04:36

sorry if already mentioned but when people say "yooz" instead of "you".

"I'll see yooz two later".

puntasticusername Sun 26-Jan-14 22:05:42

People say "hashtag" too? Fuck me, what is the world coming to? Seriously? I am NOT going through childbirth and child rearing twice in order to leave my kids in a world like THAT. I DEMAND A RECOUNT.

I wanna - oh, I do remind him of his error, don't you worry.

Just like when he thought the name of the Flatiron Building in New York was pronounced "Flatty-ron Building".

And when I said Dalmatians were bred as carriage dogs - ie to run behind carriages - and he said "Oh, really? They must be stronger than they look, then". Because he thought I meant the dogs were PULLING the carriages themselves.

I'll stop before this turns into the equivalent of the extremely annoying thing that is the "stupid things my gf said" column in mens' magazines.

Snorting through nose at "playing the hobo" btw grin

drbonnieblossman Sun 26-Jan-14 22:07:15

but Typical, you can get away with that because "le" is part of the brand name of the item . The fact that the damned things are wrist breakingly heavy is another issue in itself!

dementedma Sun 26-Jan-14 22:08:33

Never mind hashtag and lol, my ds says "BTW' phonetically as in buh tuh wuh.
Eg. I need bus money tomorrow buh tuh wuh.
Text speak gone mad!

sarine1 Sun 26-Jan-14 22:08:49

Shop assistants and people in restaurants who look at me and say 'yawright?' 'Yes, I'm fine thank you' is the answer to that.
I want a coffee or to pay for this shopping that I'm carrying, not to be asked a meaningless question. Drives me mad....
(grumpy old woman alert)

Caitlin17 Sun 26-Jan-14 22:09:49

"Pre-order [insert name of CD/DVD/handbag]"

It's just "order".You're placing an order which will be processed when the item goes on sale.

drbonnieblossman Sun 26-Jan-14 22:09:59

baby mother/baby father. makes the bile rise.

WitchWay Sun 26-Jan-14 22:19:44

Urgh yes yes pre-order - like Free Gift - aargh

applecrumbleandcream Sun 26-Jan-14 22:21:04

At the end of the day.....


Big ask

Roll it out (Manager uses this a lot)

Be rude not to..... (grrrrr)

Nom nom nom

fink for think

SliceOfLime Sun 26-Jan-14 22:25:18

Things in the singular that shouldn't be, in clothes shops usually: 'trouser' / 'jean' / 'tight' instead of trousers, jeans, tights...

mindthegap01 Sun 26-Jan-14 22:27:03

Let me just run this past you...

I can see you're busy...

Or people who want to speak to you when you're in the middle of talking to someone else, so they just hover next to you until you're forced to be rude to the person you were talking to in order to not be rude to the RUDE hoverer. Grrr.

tallulah Sun 26-Jan-14 22:40:52

Newspaper reporting concerning a child that always has to include the word "schoolgirl". Seven year old schoolgirl Lucy.... She's seven, what else would she be?

Also "grandmother of 3" unless it's relevant to the story. "Grandmother of 3 gives birth to triplets" is fair game, but "grandmother of 3 wins at bingo" isn't. They never describe men as grandfather of 3.

PicardyThird Sun 26-Jan-14 22:41:55

Yy to 'falling' pregnant 'to' someone. Or having children 'to' someone. I presume 'catching' and 'falling' both come from the days when a pregnancy was more likely than not to mean trouble of some sort sad

Disliking 'can I get' isn't irrational. When you order something using that, you are effectively asking if you can go behind the counter and serve yourself.

I love 'outwith'. And 'yous' counts as dialect, I should think.

NigellasDealer Sun 26-Jan-14 22:47:30

'how's you?'
'are you all right there?' (in pub/shop)

nothing wrong with 'youse' every language needs a plural second person pronoun - just that English has not got one!

IneedAsockamnesty Sun 26-Jan-14 22:50:30

Calm down, usually said by a person falling over themselves to annoy you.

At this moment in time, hate that.

mindthegap01 Sun 26-Jan-14 22:57:21

Pacifically. It's SPECIFICALLY you idiot!

ashtrayheart Sun 26-Jan-14 22:59:51

Woman at work always says 'income coming in' no need.

Lemonfairydust Sun 26-Jan-14 23:03:45

"At the end of the day...."

Janorisa Sun 26-Jan-14 23:08:00
Tinymrscollings Sun 26-Jan-14 23:13:19

"Thank you for your email. I am currently out of the office between Monday 1st and Friday 5th"

No, no, no. Either you are out currently and will return on the 5th or you're out of the office between Monday and Friday. Not both.

Rowlers Sun 26-Jan-14 23:15:07

D'ya know what I mean?
"Sweet" (kids at school saying it now when impressed; it used to be "ledge" as in legend)

NigellasDealer Sun 26-Jan-14 23:17:08

'minidealer has failed to complete her homework, she was given a detention but failed to arrive and failed to inform us'
angry - is that teacher trying to tell me something?

drbonnieblossman Sun 26-Jan-14 23:18:18

if yous ia being used collectively then surely no need to specify the number of people to which it refers. it's common slang.

Gullygirl Sun 26-Jan-14 23:20:48

The reason why - the reason IS why ffs.
Baby Mamma.
A little bit of sick just came in my mouth.
I was like,she was like,I was like...
Reality show contestants talking about their "journeys".
Wine o' clock.
Facebook friends who are constantly feeling blessed.

ilovesooty Sun 26-Jan-14 23:23:32

I text him
Littleman / little lady
Quite unique - unique is an absolute term
Discrete instead of discreet
My bad
Perfect (said by a colleague when she's not listening)
This is it
Not being funny but
So I turned round and
He done it
I'm going Asda

Just to start with...

GW297 Sun 26-Jan-14 23:24:31

When push comes to shove

nirishma Sun 26-Jan-14 23:25:01

'LOL' at 'feeling blessed'.

I'll add that one to my list.

ilovesooty Sun 26-Jan-14 23:27:00

Oh, and questions ending in "no"

ilovesooty Sun 26-Jan-14 23:27:43

Phased instead of fazed.

Littleen Sun 26-Jan-14 23:34:29


at the end of the day (jeremy kyle show anyone?)

reem (what does it mean?)

asdonians (as in someone who shops in asda. What is wrong with Asda!)

"...is more bigger than yours" / "is more better than yours" and so on

Littleen Sun 26-Jan-14 23:34:53

oh and "by the skin of my teeth"

drbonnieblossman Sun 26-Jan-14 23:36:44

diarise is the correct term.

letsgotothebeach Sun 26-Jan-14 23:36:58

Me thinks.....

NigellasDealer Sun 26-Jan-14 23:37:01

"off my own back"

NigellasDealer Sun 26-Jan-14 23:37:54

who says 'diarise' is correct?? it's a horrible term!

PixelAteMyFace Sun 26-Jan-14 23:47:02

Pretty please - really loathe that

Back in the day

Hun, bubs etc

Having a little blub

At this moment in time


Shouldn't of

Didn't ought to

"Rant over" usually written after a moan that wasn't really a rant.
And you can tell it's over, because it's over. You don't write "sentence over" when you've finished a non-rant!

CouthyMow Sun 26-Jan-14 23:49:05

"Oh my days". Seems to be a very 'Essex' one. I live in Essex. I hear it multiple times a day, and it makes me very stabby!

PixelAteMyFace Sun 26-Jan-14 23:52:43

Trust me

I don't mean to be rude but....(invariably followed by some rude or tactless remark)

Horses for courses

Gets on my tits

"The wife" "the missus"

My better half

CouthyMow Sun 26-Jan-14 23:55:14

Ibrufen. It's fucking ibuPROfen.

Busyoldfool Sun 26-Jan-14 23:58:12

I think we all agree that..... No we don't!

CouthyMow Sun 26-Jan-14 23:59:35

Pacific for specific makes me want yo put my fingers in my ears and run away. At the end of the day yes, Ex, at the end of the day I'm glad you are my ex so I don't have to hear this for the hundredth time today.

Blud. And other teenager speak in general. Have you ever tried to follow the conversation of teenage girls? Only every third word is recognisable as English.

Busyoldfool Mon 27-Jan-14 00:01:16

"Can we help you with/ to...?" when they want you to do something or "How can we help you to improve...". Hate it.

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 00:01:39

everything has gone "tits up"

CouthyMow Mon 27-Jan-14 00:02:38

Another gem from my Ex - escape goat instead of scapegoat. I've gently and not so gently in the end tried to explain the concept, but he still persists in saying that he's the escape goat at work. It makes me very irrational, and I have to leave the room before I embed a fork in his tongue!

BumPotato Mon 27-Jan-14 00:03:11

Going forward

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 00:05:18

"escape goat instead of scapegoat"
haha couthy, my brother's business partner used to say that - bro always had an image of him riding a goat off into the sunset.....
another classic from the same person was (on the phone to a customer) - 'do not worry madam, everything is underhand'
poor bro would be sitting there going 'nooooooooo'

deakymom Mon 27-Jan-14 00:08:17

its not so much what people say (although people saying you need to learn her something is WRONG!) its type talking (like facebook etc) when people have the most amazing spelling you have things like fanks somink wut finking i fought dat two (apparently fought is thought) and one person (who has been removed) going into a total illiterate rage about ten lines of misspelt uncorrected blather that defied even my ability to read it in places apparently someone could fud roight of ? "DELETE AND BLOCK!!!!" i just cant tolerate it

deakymom Mon 27-Jan-14 00:12:58

meggins just because you put M in front of it doesn't make it manly

and i'm still singing the go compare advert every-time they are mentioned

alicetrefusis Mon 27-Jan-14 01:56:37

'Can I get' rather than 'may I please'
ree search rather than research
Ee ther rather than either
It's generic, Innit
Personal belongings
Train station etc

CaoNiMa Mon 27-Jan-14 03:51:59

Something that annoys me is when people start sentences with "Look..."

I'm a journalist, and it happens a lot when I interview people, e.g.

"What do you think of the latest developments in XYZ?"

"Look - I think that they're..."

So oddly aggressive!

scantilymad Mon 27-Jan-14 04:47:31

I think this might be specific to the South West but someone asking "where's that to?" instead of "where is that?" makes me want to tell them to stop speaking like such a yokel.

NurseRoscoe Mon 27-Jan-14 05:01:09

Not really a phrase but 'tum' instead of tummy. Hate any other word for it rather than stomach or abdomen actually but 'tum' is the worst

'Can I have 5 minutes of your time'

Oh there are loads!

EmmaBemma Mon 27-Jan-14 05:29:02

"Something that annoys me is when people start sentences with "Look...""

That annoys me too. Also, I'm noticing that more interviewees on telly and radio are starting their answers with "So...". It's annoying in a more subtle way, but now I've started noticing it I hear it all the time.

EmmaBemma Mon 27-Jan-14 05:30:16

On the other hand, regional syntax variations of the kind described here do not bother me at all - I like them.

MistressDeeCee Mon 27-Jan-14 05:31:50

"basically" & "literally" inserted into almost every sentence. I caught the tail end of a tv interview recently and the interviewee said "basically I was literally, literally, really really scared". It was about a mate who'd made her jump. & she said it more than once. It gave me the absolute and utter rage. When people say "and I was like" mid-sentence it also gives me the rage.

As does "Im not being funny but...". Because then, I know you ARE going to be funny. As in funny peculiar, not funny haha. & people who write "goodnite" or "tonite" in text messages. WHY? where's the sense in replacing "gh", & then adding on a random "e"?

I feel better now Ive ventedgrin

GhettoPrincess001 Mon 27-Jan-14 05:58:08

Aaargh ! What the hell is the problem with the word, 'meal' ? I don't get it. Yet another, 'only on MN' example.

Thank you mrspremis, I agree wholeheartly.

However here's mine:

sangwich = sandwich
ungion = onion
hospikal = hospital

gimcrack Mon 27-Jan-14 06:30:44

'Learnings' - used regularly at work and makes me very cross.
'Listen' - used by twatty broadcasters, such as Dermot and Richard Madeley.

Going forward. It makes me want to poke their eyes out.

WitchWay Mon 27-Jan-14 07:22:54

Pixel "Didn't ought to" is Midlands dialect - awful but not thought wrong there

Hate any corporate speak - Out of the envelope / push the envelope etc

Also HATE any version of "all singing from the same hymn-sheet" grrr

threebats Mon 27-Jan-14 07:24:41

'So be it...' I am in a rage just typing it... My ex used to say this all the time when he could not get his own way. I hear it now and boil. Literally, I boil...
And when somebody says a thousand pound instead of a thousand pounds - I realise this is a specific thing to an area or accent though and would never correct a person but I dislike it.
I absolute hate 'so be it'...

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 07:24:47

Aaargh ! What the hell is the problem with the word, 'meal' ? I don't get it. Yet another, 'only on MN' example
actually no, my bro once dumped a woman he was dating cos she suggested they 'go for a meal'

threebats Mon 27-Jan-14 07:27:05

Keep me in the loop....
What the actual feck?
You mean keep you informed?

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 07:27:21

oooh telephone sales people who use the reflexive pronoun -
'mrs dealer - is that yourself? myself and my colleagues are just phoning everyone to ask.....'

'thanking you'

threebats Mon 27-Jan-14 07:28:41

You know when people say, 'This is a great space for entertaining...'
I have visions of a circus act turning up and a great ho-ha of an evening ensuing.
I realise they mean having people over for 'a meal' (apologies to the above poster for that!)
But really....

I am going now else I will spend all day here going through phrases I either hate or find funny.

bragmatic Mon 27-Jan-14 07:33:29

Also, I'm noticing that more interviewees on telly and radio are starting their answers with "So...". It's annoying in a more subtle way, but now I've started noticing it I hear it all the time.

I'll see your "So" or "Look" and raise you the piss boilingly infuriating "Well, let me just say this…"

Well, of course I'll let you, you dolt. I just asked you a question didn't I?

rollonthesummer Mon 27-Jan-14 08:15:22

'How will you evidence that?'

(I won't 'evidence' it, you smeg head, but will be showing you my evidence.

'I'm loving this/enjoying this/hating this/noticing this'. Surely it should be, I love this, enjoy this, hate this or have noticed this..?!'

OutNumberedByBlue2 Mon 27-Jan-14 08:30:57

Bab or baba or me bab in reference to a baby or as a term of endearment.

That was so organic / you're so organic - very pretentious & bloody annoying.

Batch (regional thing I know) but it's a bread roll that has been cooked in a batch. Aaaahhhh!

Babylonmood Mon 27-Jan-14 08:36:48

Don't get the meal thing.

Surprised that "bless you" / "ohhhhhhh, bless" has not been mentioned. Sickening sweet banal nothing response.

Hate "change their bum" instead of change their nappy.

I need to loose 3 stones.

Lose and stone!

Monies. Usually comes hand in hand with incorrect use of myself/yourself. Monies is a valid useful word but is rarely used correctly.

This too shall pass. Only on MN but it depresses me as it reminds me of the more serious "lest we forget". Since it is usually referring to some unwanted sleep/behaviour issue, it feels overly dramatic and sinister.

I'm sure there are more. I'll be back.

itsbetterthanabox Mon 27-Jan-14 09:11:47

Bored.com or exhausted.com when describing an emotional state not a website!

Mignonette Mon 27-Jan-14 09:22:59

My pet hates-

People who 'curate' . Unless you are a Curator, no you didn't. You chose a load of stuff for your home.

People who 'edit' as in a 'finely edited collection of clothing'. No you chose a load of clothing. Unless you actually are an Editor.

Both rife in fashion and home design. If I read another Sunday supplement with a feature about the 'finely edited home of another bloody hipster' I will vomit. Literally wink.

Bubba, bubs, hubby, baba

Especially when used by HV or midwives. Piss off with the baby talk

Mignonette Mon 27-Jan-14 09:40:04

Oh yes Sauce. I have a whole list of health related ones.

'Pop over there/pop clothes off/on. I don't pop. Never have.

'Normal Birth' err as opposed to my abnormal one you mean? MIdwives PLEASE stop using the normal word. It should be unassisted or minimal intervention birth. Same for 'Natural' birth. No such thing unless you delivered out of a medical setting without any MW assistance, Konakion, Synto or help delivering the placenta.

'Normal Birth' can be so offensive. Please choose your words.

'A sharp scratch'. I have never 'scratched' anybody with a needle. It is a sting or a sharp pain. Or not that painful at all. Depends upon the person.

'Can I have a feel of your tummy?' I am not five. I am a grown woman. It is not my tummy.

Being referred to as 'Mum' or 'Mum to be'. Yes I get the (cod) psychology. But I have a name, an identity something other than a Mother. Please do use it.


ShephardsDelight Mon 27-Jan-14 09:42:23

slut shaming (its ridiculous , sexist works just fine)

end of! (always at the end of a rant!)

narcissist!!! thanks to hear if I hear it anywhere online, irl, tv my insides go RAWR!!!!!ARGH!!!

don't be defensive ! [anger] Oh i really hate this,..usually after a criticism you're responding too...people are obviously gonna defend themselves.

FastWindow Mon 27-Jan-14 10:03:17

Oh I recognise the 'where's that to' and tescol, asdal vernacular.

Also 'a good ideal' instead of idea.

That's just an accent though and doesn't bother me.

'right now' instead of 'at the moment' is so Americanised and makes me go grr especially in a corporate setting. The only exception is Will Ferrel saying it in Zoolander. 'he's so hot right now' and that only gets my thumbs up because it's meant to be tongue in cheek!

agedknees Mon 27-Jan-14 10:08:59

My mil's favourite - how's your little job, said to her dil's, never to her sons.

SabraCadabra Mon 27-Jan-14 10:10:05

When people call the shop Home and Bargains, its not its Home Bargains inmassive letters above the shop.
Deal breaker
At the end of the day he's my husband, so he's not your husband in the morning at the start of the day?
Fell pregnant

ShephardsDelight Mon 27-Jan-14 10:12:06

fell pregnant is a good one.

WitchWay Mon 27-Jan-14 10:23:46

Noticed people using the verb "doing" for taking medication which really bugs me - "I've got a cold so I'm doing paracetamol" - no you are not "doing" it, you are "taking" it; it's not a class A substance FFS.

LJL69 Mon 27-Jan-14 10:26:43

YY strongurgetofly...nom nom make my hair clench

SabraCadabra Mon 27-Jan-14 10:28:11

Texted, hate that- I've just texted my mum

dontsqueezetheteabag Mon 27-Jan-14 10:29:49

there is a guy at my work who says the following nippy things all the time which annoy the feck out of me:

I'm not being funny but....

It is what it is......

I don't mean it that way but........


soverylucky Mon 27-Jan-14 10:32:38

"and do you know what?" Said in the middle of a big speech.
Going to the bathroom instead of going to the toilet when you are out. There is no bath in the public loos.

BUT what really annoys me is the removal of the word and from everyday sentences eg
I will go get my coat.
Go get your shoes
Go find where we are meeting.

I can not bear it.

MrsDeVere Mon 27-Jan-14 10:34:10

After watching BBC Breakfast this morning I have developed a hatred for the word 'Bitcoin'.
STFU about fucking BITCOINS. Sweet Jesus how many times do you have to say it?

I am really serious about this one though....WHEN did it become ok to start every sentence with 'so', 'look' or 'listen'?

'So' is annoying but 'look' and 'listen' are just bloody rude.

No coincidence that sCameron is one of the worst culprits. Rude bastard.

Also, round here they say 'goin a toilet', 'goin a school' 'pourin a rain' etc.
I hate that.

crazykat Mon 27-Jan-14 10:35:00

"Like" every third word in a sentence.

"Can you learn me ..." Makes me want to slap whoever says it.

MrsDeVere Mon 27-Jan-14 10:36:22

Oh yeah

don't ever say 'source'.

You didn't source those darling fair trade scatter cushions. You BOUGHT them.

crazykat Mon 27-Jan-14 10:37:56

Gawjus, speshul etc drive me mad. Makes me want to buy the offender a dictionary.

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 10:38:01

" 'goin a toilet', 'goin a school' 'pourin a rain' etc."
ooh mrsdevere i used to talk like that as a teenager....grin

MrsDeVere Mon 27-Jan-14 10:59:06

<shudder> @ Nigella

Don't get me wrong, I aint be funny and I am only sayin' but when people talk like that it makes me sound posh.

Which is no mean feat let me tell you.

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 11:01:05

hahahaha i suspect you may live in my old endz mrs devere

DiseasesOfTheSheep Mon 27-Jan-14 11:17:25

By Jove. Double ablative, much? I feel the same about all the usual ones: should of, would of, confirmation instead of conformation, off my own back. Not cool, not cool at all.

Also hate onomatopoeic words, and unnecessarily juvenile turns of phrase. Yum, yummy, mmmmmm, comfy, toasty, etc.

Completely irrational but give me "the rage".

DiseasesOfTheSheep Mon 27-Jan-14 11:24:57

Oh not to mention all the bizarre things people say.

"Cancelled due to weather". Wow you have weather? No shit Sherlock, these is weather every day. Bad weather? Now that would make sense. Same situation for blood pressure - "the doctor says I have blood pressure"... I should bloody hope so, if you're up and about and, you know, alive...

Freckletoes Mon 27-Jan-14 11:25:58

Small majority, or large majority or small minority or large minority! If it is a majority it is most of, a minority it is very few of-there's nothing in between!
Half dead. Something/one is either dead or not. No half measures!

JRmumma Mon 27-Jan-14 11:34:05

The term 'lil man' is currently my biggest bug bear. Hate it. He is not a lil man, he is a baby.

I must admit I often say them, when I mean those, but I do try not to. I can always picture my friend shaking his head at me when I say it.

Babylonmood Mon 27-Jan-14 11:46:24

Yes - little man gets to me. I have never heard someone call their baby girl little woman.

BornToFolk Mon 27-Jan-14 11:52:15

"said friend" as in "said friend did XYZ". I've been seeing it more and more on MN and it really irritates me.

I also hate stabby.

At work, "reach out" and "ping a Note" annoy the crap out of me.

zorione Mon 27-Jan-14 12:02:37

More Americanisms. 'I'm on it' (on what?) and 'I'm not comfortable with that' -- urgh.

Iwannalaylikethisforever Mon 27-Jan-14 12:35:35

I detest
Singing from the same hymn sheet
Pushing the envelope
Keep me in the loop
Get into bed with ... Meaning a business term for working together with.... Makes me want to scream ... Oh fuck offfffff
Yes to lil' man - so pathetic
Sentences ending in so .... So yeah ..
Over use of the word awesome
Lastly random strangers (usually shop assistants) who can tell my sight or sound what is wrong with child..... Ohhhhh someone is tired/hungry/doesn't like shopping!

Balaboosta Mon 27-Jan-14 12:54:26

"In the West, we....."
Followed by a facile, unquantifiable generalisation.
"I'm not rascist" always followed by "but..."

Balaboosta Mon 27-Jan-14 12:55:17

Over-use of 'random'

Balaboosta Mon 27-Jan-14 12:58:40

I'm not a (something) person.
Hear it all the time on Come Dine With Me: "I'm not a cinnamon person" "I'm not a chocolate person"!

BlueberryWoods Mon 27-Jan-14 13:04:40


And text/texted as the past tense - to me, neither of them sound right.

siblingrevelry Mon 27-Jan-14 13:11:47

I can't stand "I love her to bits/I love him to pieces" or "I love the bones of them". It sounds so bland but people use it to convey how they feel about kids etc.

I also have a friend who mis-pronounces things and I get (secretly) irrationally mad with it (things like "Dermatalogica" instead of "Dermalogica". It's spelt out, there on the bottle! Or she says things like 'illegible' instead of 'inelligible', Or 'Pin-interest' instead of 'Pinterest'.

But my biggest pet hate is people mis-pronouncing 'espresso' as 'expresso'. Even some celeb chefs do it, drives me potty every time.

siblingrevelry Mon 27-Jan-14 13:15:14

Thought of another:

My mom refers to getting pregnant as 'caught'. So "when I caught for your brother".

Like it's contagious!

Caitlin17 Mon 27-Jan-14 13:16:08

Many of you won't agree with this but "Nanny, Nana, Nan" for grandmother really grates.

And "kids" Such an ugly word.

IWantToSCRRREAM Mon 27-Jan-14 13:17:14

You're making a rod for your own back makes me angryangryangryangry

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 13:18:33

i agree caitlin all of those put my teeth on edge, it sounds like a nanny goat.

Supercosy Mon 27-Jan-14 13:20:30

When people say "we're going to take in a show"...arrrrghhh.

Also when they say "do you just have the one child" as opposed to just saying one child.

Also "I like to have a glass of wine of an evening"....of an evening? What? Why not just say "in the evening" or "some evenings".

Actually I have loads......!

ephemeralfairy Mon 27-Jan-14 13:26:42

'Touch base'
'Tommy K' for tomato ketchup
People talking about themselves in the third person
'A' coffee/'a' wine ('a' pint is fine though...)
'Hard-working families...'

ephemeralfairy Mon 27-Jan-14 13:27:58

'Good times'
'Have a good one'

Supercosy Mon 27-Jan-14 13:42:04

Oh.....people talking about themselves in the third person beats them all ephemeral!

MonstrousPippin Mon 27-Jan-14 13:43:46

Fashion articles, TV, shopping channel etc. articles of clothing seem to have become singular.

"A perfect winter trouser"
"This would be good with a black legging and red shoe"


My DH also has the nasty habit of using "Can I get..." when speaking to waiting staff at restaraunts. It just seems rude to me!

I also agree with 'an invite'. It's an invitation!

schlurplethepurple Mon 27-Jan-14 13:44:43

'Cuppy' to describe a cup of tea. The most pretentious fucking word ever!!!

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 13:46:38

but it was always 'trouser' 'shoe' etc for the rag trade and market traders!

Has anyone mentioned this one:

"Happy mum - happy baby"

simplistic, self-serving nonsense.

Thumbwitch Mon 27-Jan-14 13:50:00

"24/7" - just hate this.
"going for a bite to eat" - what, just the one bite? that's not much, is it?
"How are you spelling that?" re. one's surname - which admittedly is a PITA to spell but still - "How is that spelt", or "how do you spell that" please!

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 13:51:41

i am sure someone has already said this, but when people put state verbs into the continuous -
I am loving it! I am liking the trouser!

QueenQueenie Mon 27-Jan-14 13:53:06

Haven't read whole thread so apologies if duplicating others...

I "aksed" her. WTF? asked is not a difficult word to pronounce .
It is what it is. Really? How profound.
I'm mad / bonkers / crazy me. Yes, you sound it talking like that.
"On" the weekend. Do you mean at the weekend / on Saturday?

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 13:56:57

actually Queenie 'aksed' is interesting as they used to say that in Shakespeare's day here in England, then it crossed to the Caribbean via the slave trade, and was re-imported back post - Windrush.
And in fact 'asked' is quite hard to say, it has a consonant cluster like 'crisps'

mrsnec Mon 27-Jan-14 13:58:44

Referring to anything as a ' bad boy' no idea why it bothers me but it does.

MonstrousPippin Mon 27-Jan-14 14:02:30

I don't know why but I also get twitchy when I hear

"What are you doing for New Year's?"
"Did you do something nice on Valentine's?"

I feel like I need closure on the sentence. DAY!

LimburgseVlaai Mon 27-Jan-14 14:04:39

Hearts and minds

Hardworking people

Tee instead of t-shirt

"The man is critical in hospital" - what, is he saying: "Ooh, I don't like those curtains!"

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 14:09:37

'impact' used as a verb

MrsRuffdiamond Mon 27-Jan-14 14:12:54

'Alpha male'

'To hell and back'

'I don't want to interfere....' Well bloody don't, then.


Dh used to think it was toilet system, instead of cistern, until I scathingly put him right gently corrected him.

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 14:13:44

'I was incandescent with rage'

NigellasDealer Mon 27-Jan-14 14:14:04

er really?

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 27-Jan-14 14:28:06

"Ooooh, that's very moreish."

It's a bloody Victoria sponge, not a Spanish castle.

WallyBantersJunkBox Mon 27-Jan-14 14:31:57

Please don't point out that the word is Moorish. I know. I know.

It's just the word moreish in conversation sounds so wrong to me.

When did it become a key word for middle aged cake eaters?

When did it become a word at all?

MrsDeVere Mon 27-Jan-14 14:32:29

YY to the fashion thing.
Its just as bad when its written down. You walk into H&M and all around you 'The Trouser' 'The Sweater' 'The Shoe'.

Oh fuck off.

When someone says 'Oh I just love sitting around people watching'.
Sorry to genuine people watchers but this phrase is most often uttered by those who are so self absorbed what they really mean is 'I love sitting around being attention seeking and making people watch me'

SoBloodyFrustrated Mon 27-Jan-14 14:39:32

My friend pronounces tzatziki as 'tarzeekee' and ciabatta as 'seeabatta' she drops it into the conversation after someone has pronounced it correctly as if to let them know she knows better.

These also grate.

Suck it up buttercup
Good to go
Lol - actual grown ups using the bloody word lol and I bet they aren't laughing at all more of a titter. Grow up!
Happy Days
The bigger picture

wol1968 Mon 27-Jan-14 14:53:19

Egregious. Surely the most pretentious word ever invented.

Train station. It's a bloody RAILWAY station everyone. We haven't been colonised by the United States yet.

aworkingmummy Mon 27-Jan-14 15:42:52

Oh there are so many!
Pacific instead of specific
Bokkle, likkle and hospikal
Oh my days
Just a heads up, blue sky thinking, let's park that idea - in fact any corporate speak drives me mad. We have one person attend meetings and the rest of us play buzzword bingo or alternatively see how many wank catchphrases we can use in the meeting. The winner gets a bar of chocolate!

wol1968 Mon 27-Jan-14 15:47:00

...and 'would of' instead of 'would have' - MIL (bless her) uses it all the time and it drives me mad. It doesn't even make sense.

DumSpiroSpero Mon 27-Jan-14 15:53:13

Speaking of corporate BS...any Drop The Dead Donkey fans on here? grin

DumSpiroSpero Mon 27-Jan-14 15:53:59

Speaking of corporate BS...any Drop The Dead Donkey fans on here? grin

Thumbwitch Mon 27-Jan-14 15:56:04

Ah yes, I love Drop the Dead Donkey. We had a manager who was rather like Gus, only less amusing. We reckoned that he had swallowed the book on "management speak" - my "favourite" that he often used to come out with was "Don't shoot the goose that lays the golden eggs". Tin eggs, more like. Certainly not bloody gold!

wol1968 Mon 27-Jan-14 15:56:30

...and as for all the corporate bollocks -speak, it really needs a cartoonist. Pushing the envelope? Blue-sky thinking? Thinking out of the box? tbgrin I'm giggling just mulling over the images that come to mind. Can someone oblige?

Fudgeface123 Mon 27-Jan-14 16:07:00

To die for
Good times
Happy days
Starting a sentence with so
The use of the word 'well' i.e. it was well good

hudyerwheesht Mon 27-Jan-14 16:12:14

Oh I love these threads. I've said it before, we need a rant corner topic. If pedants can have one.....? Just a thought MNHQ..

I have so many I could categorise them but top of my list at the moment:
Where you to?
(What? You mean where are you?)
Where's that to?
(As in where is that?)
Where did you get that to?
(Where did you get that FROM? FFS)


mrspremise Mon 27-Jan-14 19:03:17

I was like " yes, let's do that", but then he was like "no let's not", and then when I told my friend, she was like "LTB"


Sorry, had to get that one off my chest... brew

mrsnec Mon 27-Jan-14 19:07:27

Green shoots that's another one.

Also airplane not aeroplane and when people use yourself and not you.

Coumarin Mon 27-Jan-14 19:09:43



Coumarin Mon 27-Jan-14 19:11:12

Oh and 'kiddies' No idea why but it pounds really creepy to me.

Coumarin Mon 27-Jan-14 19:11:24


bodygoingsouth Mon 27-Jan-14 19:14:16

like.. my teen dds say this far far too much.

play dates!!!! and math... vile expression for a Brit to use.

Newyearchanger Mon 27-Jan-14 19:46:37

Blessed. Since when did we go all religious just because we are on Facebook.... No one says we are blessed face to face! Ridiculous!!

Happy Birthday to my little man... Love you to the moon and back.......
Is loving someone a journey?

Newyearchanger Mon 27-Jan-14 19:47:01

Share if you love your sister

No don't!!!!!!

Rhiana1979 Mon 27-Jan-14 21:05:08

I haven't read all the thread yet but wanted to add;

"What's the POA? (Plan of action )" or any other form of corporate phrases.

"You know what he/she is like" as if it excuses bad behaviour.

"Preggers or preggo"

"Deal breaker"

dementedma Mon 27-Jan-14 21:13:41

"Can I get" is standard here in Scotland and has been for years, as is goan as in "goan pass me that pencil" and "goan close the window". When dh moved here he thought it was really rude as in an order.."Go and close the window" but its actually a sort of Scottish version of please

PixelAteMyFace Mon 27-Jan-14 21:44:05

"Gives me the rage" - I find that very irritating

Also "can't be arsed" <shudders>

Caitlin17 Mon 27-Jan-14 21:45:51

Any one who isn't a native Spanish or Catalan speaker using the Spanish or Catalan pronunciation for Spanish or Catalan place names.

If anyone does, do you also say "Paree"; call Vienna "Wien" or Munich "München" or Florence "Firenze"?

matildamatilda Mon 27-Jan-14 21:49:32

When someone uses "beg the question" when they actually mean "raise the question" I literally want to smash something.

If you don't know classical logic terms don't use them! Misusing them does NOT make you look smart. Trust me!

PlanetEarthIsBlue Mon 27-Jan-14 21:52:50

This is 'my one', that's 'your one.' How difficult is it to learn 'mine' and 'yours'?

TheSmallClanger Mon 27-Jan-14 21:59:28

"Young people these days don't even know they're born" - what the fuck does that actually mean? Knowing whether one is born, or existing, or whether one is a figment of the imagination of the Invisible Pink Unicorn is actually a really deep philosophical question. And, as the parent of a nearly 16-year-old, the attitude it gives away makes me quite cross.

"Chop chop" - again, what does it actually mean? And my mum uses it, so it is automatically annoying.

knickernicker Mon 27-Jan-14 22:04:20

My judgeypants
The school run
A play date
Natch (never heard this word till nunsnet, I presume it's something said by ex public school girls, could imagine the hotel inspector saying it with a darling attached).

HopeClearwater Mon 27-Jan-14 22:20:55

It was absolutely horrendous (usually about something trivial like a queue in a shop)

It was carnage (again, about a queue in a shop)

I've been to hell and back

I was blue lighted to hospital

HopeClearwater Mon 27-Jan-14 22:23:16

'Find it in store!' (i.e. we stock it in our shops).

I had to source my tiles from Italy = I'm such a over-moneyed snob that I can't simply buy my tiles from B&Q

plannedshock Mon 27-Jan-14 22:33:19

Since I've had a baby I've discovered so many words/phrases I HATE!!
Yummy mummy
Mummy friends
She wants boobie
And also reading their, there, they're

kelper Mon 27-Jan-14 22:43:30

Gawjus drives me mad!
My dh and mil say "I shew" instead of "I showed"
Whenever they say it I say "shoo shoo" it's apparently a Suffolk thing!

TheBigJessie Mon 27-Jan-14 22:49:02


It should be sought. I know that through the centuries, seldom-used English verbs have developed simpler past tenses, but I always liked the word 'sought' and I don't want it to go.

Salmotrutta Mon 27-Jan-14 23:04:10

I haven't had a chance to read all the posts so not sure if it's already been said, but :-

I can't bear hearing/seeing Uni - it's University.

Unless you are Australian in which case you are just plain wrong anyway

"Uni" is a prefix! angry

lionheart Tue 28-Jan-14 00:49:05

Really hate 'End of.' I've only seen it online. Hate the way it's supposed to show that whatever the poster has said is irrefutable. As if saying 'End of' makes it so.

Also the thing politicians do (New Labour started it, I think) of prefacing an answer with, 'What I would say ...' or 'what I will say'.

Just fucking say it!

I feel better now, thank you OP.

noddingoff Tue 28-Jan-14 01:10:03

"Let me be very clear..." as the preface to any response David Cameron gives to a question.
I hate this for two reasons.
Just go ahead and answer the question - why does he feel the need to tell us that he's going to be clear? This would imply that he usually isn't clear....which leads to the second reason - you just know that what follows the opening five words is probably going to be a pile of shite which has nothing to do with the question.
Does anyone else in any normal job use this phrase in the course of their work? No, because they'd sound like a patronising knob.
His image consultants should put a shock collar on him and give him a little zap every time he says it. At best, it just looks like stalling time whilst coming up with some bullshit.

NigellasDealer Tue 28-Jan-14 01:15:52

"om nom nom" sorry i just saw it on another thread and felt the red mist rising....

Blaaahdeblahdeblah Tue 28-Jan-14 02:22:19

Don't know if anyone else has said this, but I cannot stand it when people put the word "super" in front of other words like, "Super excited" or "Super brave". I really have to stop myself from telling people who say it how annoying it is.

sharonosaurus Tue 28-Jan-14 04:50:26


Oh yes, I nearly walked out of a shop, getting DD some socks for Xmas in Joules, the assistant said "They are super warm"

I thought WTF & did a hmm Didn't buy them, I wasn't super excited by them.

NigellasDealer Tue 28-Jan-14 06:54:42

ah but what if the assistant had said 'they are uber-warm'? grin

sharonosaurus Tue 28-Jan-14 08:13:01

I might have thought she was hip sick, & got them.



notso Tue 28-Jan-14 08:41:13

Ooh yes nodfingoff I always think that about Dave Cam. Let me be very clear = Let me talk rot and pass the blame to Labour.

Pinkspottyegg Tue 28-Jan-14 08:43:31

"I fell pregnant" grrrrrrr. You fall ill, being pregnant is generally a happy occasion

Finabhear Tue 28-Jan-14 09:53:31

Just seen the only phrase that really does give me irrational rage on another Fred so I have come here to let off steam

Front bottom

Stop being so fucking prissy and call it a vagina and be proud. Gah!

DadOnIce Tue 28-Jan-14 10:23:31
ShephardsDelight Tue 28-Jan-14 10:25:32

'It was a mistake'

about cheating etc, not it was not you did not trip in/on to someones genitals.

broken britain- argh, daily mail nonsense

grin at blessed

I'm using that next time I see blessed on Facebook

flowery Tue 28-Jan-14 10:48:16

Fashion/beauty singular. I am fortunate enough to have two legs, two feet and two lips, therefore a trouser and a boot "teamed" with a red lip will not suit me..

Can I get? No, because you are not allowed behind the counter in Costa/into the kitchen in a restaurant/wherever so no, you are not able to get it.

Constantly blessed on FB

My bad. Your bad what exactly?

Yourself/myself when they mean you/me. No, you do not sound intelligent/posh/formal, you sound daft.

Hedgehead Tue 28-Jan-14 10:48:45

"Bon Appetit" said before every meal. Especially when we are staying with the PIL for a week and FIL insists on saying it before breakfast, lunch and dinner every day in a monotonous routine.

"I was over the moon." Speciality of football captains after scoring a goal

and the worst:

"Why try and fit in when you was born to stand out?" A speciality catch phrase of glamour models entering the Big Brother house

Pinkspottyegg Tue 28-Jan-14 12:02:52

Also dislike this new trend of putting a hashtag with a smart comment after posts on Facebook. And I hate the word trending.

ArlingtonStringham Tue 28-Jan-14 12:13:32

I can't stand "a good time was had by all"


Objection Tue 28-Jan-14 12:33:37

This thread terrifies me. I'm starting to feel frightened of saying anything to anyone - there are so many normal, everyday phrases on here.

songlark Tue 28-Jan-14 13:33:43

Why don't people know that "woman" is the singular, "women" is the plural. See it so many times on facebook and on here. How hard can it be to know the difference.

Thumbwitch Tue 28-Jan-14 13:37:49

I know it's not really a phrase but the use of "loose" (an adjective) when "LOSE" is meant (a verb) drives me crackers!
I know grammar is an art rarely practised in schools these days, but HOW do these people suppose that the past tense "lost" is formed? It's not going to come from "loose", is it.
LOSE, not loose.

Bezzabelle Tue 28-Jan-14 15:43:43

I hear what you are saying but ..... Hate that!

My other half, your other half... Uh, I am a whole person in my own right!

The saying 'have your cake and eat it' or whatever it is, what am I supposed to do with cake!!

rollonthesummer Tue 28-Jan-14 16:21:32

Disclaimet: I have not cheated!

'It was a mistake' about cheating etc, not it was not you did not trip in/on to someones genitals.

I'd say people can legitimately say it was a mistake! What you are describing is an accident, surely?

wetaugust Tue 28-Jan-14 16:26:49

unkown item in the bagging area


shoom Tue 28-Jan-14 16:51:38

"all that"
as in, she thinks she's all that!

shoom Tue 28-Jan-14 16:56:25

Anything over 100%, particularly in a competitive 110%! 120%! way, it's just meaningless.

tb Tue 28-Jan-14 18:13:27

ect rather than etc
friendship group - why not just friends?

Probably lots more, just can't think of any

tb Tue 28-Jan-14 18:22:41

Sherrif I think 'thanking you' is just rather old-fashioned. My df used to say it and he was born in 1907. Occasionally, I used to get 'thanking thee'. What was more annoying he used to do it as a way of asking for a refill of tea. Sometimes I used to reply by saying that I hadn't done anything.

It's a bit like 'je vous remercie' rather than just 'merci' in French.

Back to more irritating things - the word quality being used without a qualifier - as in quality product - it could be complete crap.

Lots of other adjectives seem to be used with qualifiers when they don't need them - like excellent, and loads of others.

I also hate 'fine dining', don't know why, just hate it.

itsbetterthanabox Tue 28-Jan-14 18:57:01

Suited and booted

wetaugust Tue 28-Jan-14 19:04:29

The Daily Mail's favourite bikini body

BigFatGoalie Tue 28-Jan-14 21:21:05

Loose instead of lose! Aaaargh!

brightnearly Tue 28-Jan-14 21:51:36

wetaugust Yes, yes, yes! Please remove item before continuing. It was one of the shopping bags that was in the bagging area all. this. time. and has now been opened slightly to be filled with goods and the additional AIR! inside it has significantly changed its weight. Aaargh.

One day I will have a word with the tiny lady inside the bagging area.

SomethingOnce Tue 28-Jan-14 21:57:56

School run. Play date.


Pinkspottyegg Tue 28-Jan-14 22:19:08

Overuse of the word 'like' in sentences where it is not required e.g. "I was like so annoyed with her"

Clawdy Tue 28-Jan-14 22:23:46

"I love the bones of him/her" Hate that phrase.

FudgefaceMcZ Tue 28-Jan-14 22:40:34

"The [irrational] rage" rather than just "irrational rage". Rage is not an item you are given, it is an emotion you experience, therefore these things "cause me irrational rage" rather than "give me the irrational rage." The "the" is superfluous anyway.


Adeleh Wed 29-Jan-14 01:53:04

People saying that 'they've had a wobbly' when they've just had a full-blown tantrum that would disgrace a 3 year old.
Sarnie is awful.
Putting something to bed, unless it is a child.

What does nom nom mean? Never heard it before, but I hate it. The backs of my knees are prickling with rage.

WobblyHalo Wed 29-Jan-14 06:25:53

We (surreptitiously) play bullshit bingo in meetings. My boss's fabourite phrases are:

"Lets get this cow of the ice" - Hate it!
"Can you give us the dope on that?" - He's 65 - cringe!
"I'm helping you, to help yourself" - Boak!

There's more, but I think I've actually blocked it out...

Snowdown Wed 29-Jan-14 06:47:26

Woman who refer to themselves "gym bunnies"

Nolans would you say you eat 3 meals a day or would that be unacceptable too....it's fairly common usage.

GertBySea Wed 29-Jan-14 08:06:09

I don't like "going for a meal", but am curious if "how is your meal" is acceptable, in the context of a waiter or a fellow diner posing a question? You wouldn't expect, "how is your dinner?" Or would you?

rollonthesummer Wed 29-Jan-14 08:10:36

People (often Dr receptionists) who use the word doctor without an article, eg doctor will see you or doctor is terribly busy. My midwife did this when I had dc1, 'push baby onto the nipple' or 'baby is getting fed far too much, mummy.'

The, a, an-please use them! The doctor, a doctor!!

yummymumtobe Wed 29-Jan-14 08:20:54

"my build"

And "it's a good bake". Bake is not a noun! You wouldn't say "it's a good cook"! Paul Hollywood has a lot to answer for...

flowery Wed 29-Jan-14 08:27:13

I know lots of people do it but I also find it irritating when people add question marks to the end of sentences they are typing which are not questions. You don't need a question mark unless you are asking a question.

ephemeralfairy Wed 29-Jan-14 10:17:33

Dessert. I always say pudding.

ephemeralfairy Wed 29-Jan-14 10:18:09

Afters is acceptable however.

ephemeralfairy Wed 29-Jan-14 10:18:26

But not 'sweet'.

hollyhunter Wed 29-Jan-14 10:20:32

block paved decking area.

its either a decking area or its a block paved patio. Moron

mrsnec Wed 29-Jan-14 10:32:32

Pan frying. What else would you fry something in?

Melonbreath Wed 29-Jan-14 10:36:31

'No offense' or 'with respect' it's a get out of jail free card to be rude

SomethingOnce Wed 29-Jan-14 11:00:27

Pan frying. What else would you fry something in?

Erm, a deep fat fryer...

mrsnec Wed 29-Jan-14 11:06:29

Ok point taken but not when it's a steak or something like that. You wouldn't deep fry a steak you don't need to say you cooked it in a pan its just a steak not a pan fried steak.

SomethingOnce Wed 29-Jan-14 11:22:12

I've never seen steak described as pan fried - usually chicken and seafood.

Deep-fried steak would indeed be vile.

ConferencePear Wed 29-Jan-14 11:30:05

I hate it when people say 'gifted' instead of given.

mypussyiscalledCaramel Wed 29-Jan-14 11:51:50

My 16 year old says el oh el (lol) when something is funny to him angry

He also used to say calm your tits which gave me the rage, so he doesn't say it now.

I quite often say 'thanking you' or 'thank ee'.

Does anybody have a problem with 'toodle pip' or 'cherry pip' instead of goodbye.

A lot of words I use are colloqueal local and I come from Norfolk.