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what words/ phrases do you overuse...

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asicsgirl Mon 14-Jul-08 19:42:45

... even though you are already getting irritated at yourself for it?

my current one is 'get with the programme'. and 'X of two halves', as in 'game of two halves' but recently extended to 'a day of two halves' and 'he's a boy of two halves' (describing ds2's jekyll/ hyde aspect).

i am already boring myself...

VintageGardenia Mon 14-Jul-08 19:44:08


I constantly say anyway. Sometimes it's an entire sentence.

What is it about me that means I am constantly brushing away whatever my previous statement was?

I drive myself berserk.

giddykipper Mon 14-Jul-08 19:44:50

"...or something", as in "are you going out or something?" It doesn't even mean anything.

NotDoingTheHousework Mon 14-Jul-08 19:48:45

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LadyJogsAlot Mon 14-Jul-08 19:49:04



do you know what i mean?

i annoy myself...

Ellbell Mon 14-Jul-08 19:50:12

Ostensibly (I just like the way it sounds).

Doo-dah (when I can't remember the word for something).

Sorry (even when it's not my fault, I feel compelled to apologise).

The last two drive me particularly mad. The first one just sounds pretentious - I hear it coming out of my mouth and cringe, but I can't help it. blush

asicsgirl Mon 14-Jul-08 19:50:18

oh yes 'bless (him)' - and i hate that one when other people use it, but it's still found its way into my vocab angry

beansmum Mon 14-Jul-08 19:50:30

'I suppose'
'he's cool' (when talking about ds i.e. all the time)

asicsgirl Mon 14-Jul-08 19:52:38

lol at ostensibly ellbell. i find myself saying 'paradoxically' a lot. makes me cringe too!

Sanguine Tue 15-Jul-08 00:14:57

I also overuse "ostensibly". Must be a pedant thing.

I use "Gordon Bennet!" as an exclamation, and "jolly good" and "splendid". I talk like a famous five book grin

Giddykipper - I have friends who have abbreviated the "or something" to "or...?" as in, "are we going out or...?" My DH started doing it ironically, but now he has started doing it all the time. Drives me insane.

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 04:52:01

I never finish sentences which is ironic because the one thing that irritates me more than anything else is people who don't finish sentences. It drives me insane. blush

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 04:57:54

Actually, I think I must use the word 'actually' quite a lot because DS begins almost every sentence with it. It sounds a bit poncey when a 2 yr old uses it, "Actually, Mummy, it's not Gordon, it's Edward. "

"Are you sure? I think it's Gordon."

"Actually, it is Edward. Actually, I'm hungry. I want some water. Actually, I want juice..."

hellish Tue 15-Jul-08 05:08:28

Would you like a coffee or no?

or no??? what does that mean? I say it all the time.

Do you see what I mean? I hate it, but I can't stop.

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 05:14:17

"You know what?..." as in

Me: Time to go home now, DS
DS: <verging on tantrum>
Me: But, you know what? If we go home now, we can come back another day.

Friend: UnderRated, what did you do today?
Me: You know what? I don't remember

Of course they don't bloody know 'what' - I haven't told them yet. Stoppit. Just stop it angry

Ooo, this thread is making me really annoyed with myself. Aargh

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 05:20:24


"That's not good"

Friend: Our window was broken last night by a stray bullet.
Me: OMG, are you ok?
Friend: Yes, the same thing happened last week too.
Me: Goodness, that's not good.


Another Friend: So, MrX hit his wife over the head with a hammer
Me: Oh, that's not good

Friend: My car has been written off
Me: That's not good.

Why can't I say something just a little more meaningful?

Someone, being rather kind, told me that I have a 'wonderfully British way of understating things'. hmm

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 05:21:30

Hellish - is the 'or no' thing because of living in Canada or did you do it before?

I have to go to bed now

angry angry

UnderRated Tue 15-Jul-08 05:23:01

I'm seething now angry

ninedragons Tue 15-Jul-08 05:26:50

"Jolly good". I picked it up from my husband and I can't seem to stop. I didn't even notice I was doing it until I said it and a friend of mine roared with laughter - he said he and his girlfriend had been discussing people's verbal tics the night before and my "jolly good" came up.

I also swear WAY too much. That is going to have to change now I have DD in the house.

hellish Tue 15-Jul-08 05:34:54

UR - I think it's a new thing.

I have realised I am getting very Canadian.,


"How are you?"
"Good thanks, and you?"

Good at what???? I do still say "fine" sometimes but I worry that they think I mean "Damn I am fine (as in 'Beyonce is one fine woman)

asicsgirl Tue 15-Jul-08 09:34:14

i say 'rather' as in

<stepping backwards onto tractor left strategically behind me when washing up> ds1, can you move your digger? your tractor, rather

he says it too now! does sound quite odd from a 3yo blush

asicsgirl Tue 15-Jul-08 09:36:47

ooh i do the 'how are you? good thanks!' thing too. but i'm ashamed to say it's because i like it, plus i have several work colleagues who get very irritated by it grin

i have been trying to adopt 'what's next?' a la president bartlet in 'west wing' but haven't quite cracked it yet...

asicsgirl Tue 15-Jul-08 09:39:12

hellish lol at worrying about 'fine'

sorry must start reading posts properly blush

mummypud Tue 15-Jul-08 09:45:27

to be honest! and i hear my self say it and cringe

hellish Tue 15-Jul-08 14:49:11

yes, to be honest, i say it all the time and hate it.

musicposy Tue 15-Jul-08 18:37:44

You know, I can't always finish a sentence when I can't remember the end and, well, you know.
The annoying thing is I hear other people do it and it drives me mad! I think "just finish the sentence properly!" But, you know, sometimes when your mind goes blank and then, know!

Sanguine, I also say "Gordon Bennett!" constantly. I picked it up from my Mum and I thought she was the only one saying it!

My Mum also constantly says "well, I'll go to the foot of our stairs!", but of course, never does

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