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Phrases you can't stand for no apparent reason

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Thisnamechanger Thu 18-Oct-18 14:32:14

I know this comes up fairly often but I feel like we've not had one for a while...

My top ones at present:

Cutesy/cosy phrases used about adults e.g. (spotted on MN) "why were they in the garden at 2am anyway? Surely they'd be tucked up in bed and fast asleep."

Being 'helped to' re. food/drink. e.g. "she helped herself to the last of the champagne"

"tucking in" re. food.

Tabloid favourite here "tipping the scale at".

What makes your brain itch?

HalfBloodPrincess Thu 18-Oct-18 14:33:18

Ducks. In. A. Row. 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆

tectonicplates Thu 18-Oct-18 14:41:43

I hate the word "smash" when used in a political context, e.g. smash the patriarchy, smash capitalism etc. There's something really irritating about it. I do support feminism but I just don't like the phrase.

Waterlemon Thu 18-Oct-18 14:45:41

Nom nom

Nissemand Thu 18-Oct-18 14:47:10

'Keep them coming'.

Tahani Thu 18-Oct-18 14:48:05

cheeky - fucking hate it

Thisnamechanger Thu 18-Oct-18 14:48:15

There's something really irritating about it. I do support feminism but I just don't like the phrase.

Reminds me of all the rhetoric around cancer. Don't get me wrong I know it's for a good cause but coming from a very cancerous family and recently losing my mother, people bouncing around in pink shouting 'cancer we're coming for you!' made me feel odd.

Ditto all the 'battle' 'fighting' vocab - my Mum hated that. She saw it as a roll of the dice, not something you can stratagise for or get better will effort. She famously said 'if one more person refers to my cancer and being on a journey I'm going to punch them' grin

ShotsFired Thu 18-Oct-18 14:49:06


Always "PJs". Never pyjamas or nightwear or old t-shirt you wear in bed.

Always, Fucking. "PJs"

It just feels so smarmy and smug now. I am getting annoyed just seeing it there.

elmo1980 Thu 18-Oct-18 14:49:43

"Living my best life"

"This guy"

"So this happened"

ShotsFired Thu 18-Oct-18 14:50:22

Same goes for "supper" but that ones gets a special mention when people act like they actually use it in real life.


Thisnamechanger Thu 18-Oct-18 14:51:42

"So this happened"


Someone on a sales call yesterday opened with:

"So my name is Joe and I'm just giving yourself a quick call today to bla bla bla..."


SpamChaudFroid Thu 18-Oct-18 14:56:05

No? at the end of a statement, "It's enjoyable to pick one's nose, no?" angry

flugelhorn81 Thu 18-Oct-18 14:56:16

The whole "Reader, I married him" etc. Drives me crazy!

Mishappening Thu 18-Oct-18 14:57:05

"On a daily basis" - why not "every day?

Why does it irritate me so? - I do not know.

Shitlandpony Thu 18-Oct-18 14:57:29


At the end of a statement, I can’t even describe how wound up that gets me.

Furiosa Thu 18-Oct-18 14:58:57

''Friendship group''

mirren3 Thu 18-Oct-18 14:59:24

For free.
It's either free or it's not free.

TwittleBee Thu 18-Oct-18 15:00:06

"Lets touch base" 😫 hate hate hate hate that phrase so much and it's always used in work places

DianaPrincessOfThemyscira Thu 18-Oct-18 15:01:27

I’ve got no idea why, but the use of ‘sadly’ or ‘gently’ really pisses me off.

“I gently explained...”
“Sadly it’s not my place to comment...”

Not necessary. And annoying.

maimeo Thu 18-Oct-18 15:02:01

"So, here's a thing...."

(On the phone) "Bear with me"

"Reaching out" to people

Referring to your children as "munchkins"

"Are you ok?" While waiting for assistance in a queue ....

I could go on and on....

DeltaZulu89 Thu 18-Oct-18 15:02:11

It’s not a phrase, but the word womb. I hate it. I hate everything about it. It’s a uterus. 😡😡😡

Getoffthetableplease Thu 18-Oct-18 15:04:25

"Bear with me"
"At the end of the day"

sofato5miles Thu 18-Oct-18 15:05:44


EraOfTheGrey Thu 18-Oct-18 15:07:11

"I'm a veggie"
No, you're a vegetarian.

"I'm going to go ahead and........"

Going out with/meeting "the girls".

auraaura Thu 18-Oct-18 15:08:03

Moving forward 🙄

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