Researchers at Oxford University have compiled a list of the 10 most irritating phrases. Heading the list was the expression ‘at the end of the day’, which was followed in second place by the phrase ‘fairly unique’.
“I personally” made third place. Considered a tautological statement because it expresses the same thing twice in different words. Also making the top 10 is the grammatically incorrect “shouldn’t of”, instead of “shouldn’t have”.
The phrases appear in a book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework. The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources. The database alerts them to new words and phrases and can tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.
As well as the above expressions, the book’s author Jeremy Butterfield says that many annoyingly over-used expressions actually began as office lingo, such as 24/7 and “synergy”.
Other phrases that irritate people are “literally” and “ironically”, when they are used out of context.
Mr Butterfield said: “We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often – an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism – and the same seems to happen with some language.”
The top ten most irritating phrases:
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It’s a nightmare
8 - Shouldn’t of
9 - 24/7
10 - It’s not rocket science
Information from: Telegraph.co.uk, http://www.telegraph.co.uk
After finding the above information this week on the internet, the staff at The Texas Spur decided to take our own poll of irritating comments, phrases, or words. Here is our list:
#10: OMG (The acronym depicting “oh my gosh”)
#9: LOL (Another acronym for “laugh out loud”)
#8: Bite me
#3: That blows
#2: Been there, done that
And, the #1 top irritating phrase or word: As if
And, while we’re thining about it, ur #1 irritating habit is when people copy David Letterman’s“Top 10”.