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    Words & Cliches you HATE the Most. . .

    We all love words. And as word lovers, we're bound to hate a few too. So what are the words and cliches that make your literary blood boil? And why do you hate them so?

    I'll give my most hated in each category:

    Most Hated Word

    "Learner" -- fashionable teacher-speak for "student". And "student" has always seemed a perfectly acceptable term for me to describe what one does while attending school. The hated "learner", however, seems to lessen the noble role of student. Is a "writer" merely a "typist?". . . . is a "sculptor" just a "stone worker"?. . .

    Most Hated Cliche

    "Short and sweet" -- this is what people say when they mean this: "I don't want to think or write that much, and I want to feel superior to those who do spend the time think out and explain their ideas"

    Sometimes short is not sweet. Sometimes short is sour and mal-nutritiousness. Sometimes we should prefer "sustained and wholesome" to "short and sweet."
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    Well, for me it's 'how are you'. The most ludicrous superficial question where no-one actually cares about the answer, but just must ask it...

    My hubby, he just told me, always replies in full, just to make a point
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    Touch base.

    "Yeah, I'm just calling to touch base with you..."
    "Really? Well I've got a base you can... never mind."

    It's a souless corporate phrase that makes me cringe.

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    Overuse of words and phrases such as "cool", "like" and "what's up".

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    Incorrect use of 'literally' (think that's a common one).

    Use of the word 'absolutely' instead of 'yes' is rife as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katelbach View Post
    Incorrect use of 'literally' (think that's a common one).
    Strong agreement.

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    "irregardless" makes me cringe, also:"before you know it"

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    When someone calls and says "Are you busy?" and you say "Yes" or "Kind of" (to be polite) and they still just go on on, not really caring if your busy or not.

    Or LOL, when you are texting and someone puts LOL after everything that they say even if it is a serious conversation...
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    ^ I agree. Chat-speak in general is disturbing to me though.

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    I have a tendency to overuse lol in IMs, I think its my tendency for nervous laughter manifesting itself in type.

    I'm not sure there are any words or phrases I particularly hate.

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    Not that I NEVER say LOL or LMAO or whatever, but it does annoy me a little...lol.. Just kiddin...
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    I cannot abide corporate & political verbiage such as:

    "Not a team player" (Thinks for himself)

    "Lets be absolutely clear" (Thats given me time to think what I'm going to say)

    "I'm afraid we are going to have to let you go." (Your fired. Clear your desk)

    "Its absolutely essential." (These are my priorities and you'd better follow)

    "Raising the bar" (Buzz words)

    "Finishing strong." (More buzz words)

    "Synergy" (A mutually advantageous conjunction or compatibility of distinct business participants or elements, as resources or efforts) Wow! Very likely a good word, but used in a meeting to discuss site toilets! Come on, give me a break.

    "You hear me now?" at the end of a conversation. (Bit like "How do you do?" not really requiring an answer. Anyway, you think I'm deaf as well as thick.)

    "I'm not one to gossip as you know." (Pay attention, as you won't believe what he/she did.)

    "When I was in ----." (I've been everywhere.)

    "Absolutely" (Standard response of a TV news reporter to a question.) It would be so much more interesting to hear "Tommy rot, who told you that fairy story?"

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    Huh, over the internet any way of laughing other than lol just confuses me. Hahahahaha, and the like just seem sarcastic to me.

    In the real world, I don't like when people use the words whatever or probably. Such as, "I'll have a club sandwich, or whatever". I know now that it is never going to be whatever, but it still annoys me.

    Or when people of my own age call me, hon' or dear.
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    "To cut a long story short" because as soon as someone says that you know you're in for a long and boring monologue which is anything but short.
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