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ynot22
Posts: 158
Registered: ‎05-26-2011

Phrases or expressions we could do without.

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Do any of you cringe when you read certain phrases or expressions which have invaded our common language and are either way overused or just don't make much sense?

 

This one really gets to me:

"It is what it is."

 

 Is it? Yeah, I guess it is, isn't it"

 

Another annoying, cloying phrase:

"At the end of the day."

 

Please add to this list. I'm interested to see which phrases you folks recognize as useless due to overuse or plain senselessness.

 

Oh yeah. Another one.

 

Anything having to do with the word "Icon."  Remember when the word had some power, some meaning, some thrust to it?

 

Sorry, it's gone. It's been used to death.

 

I read recently that Lady GaGa is an icon. She's a lot of things, including an interesting entertainer, but an icon she ain't.

 

Last one:

"price point"

 

This little gem is just popping up all over.

 

Now maybe there is a place where it is proper to use it and it has a different meaning than just the word "price" standing alone. But if there is, I haven't seen it.

 

"B&N has introduced a new e-reader at a price point of $139."

 

I mean, what's the point? (pun intended) Why not say, "... at a price of $139."

 

I think people use "price point" in an attempt to sound cool or something.

 

 

Please add to this list. Tell us the words or phrases that are raising your linguistic/literary hackles and why.

 

Thank you.

 

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Bookends67
Posts: 11
Registered: ‎05-24-2011

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

Can't stand all the "my bad, we bad, you bad," etc....

Also "Baby Daddy" and "Baby Momma"

 

 

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mpclemens
Posts: 89
Registered: ‎05-27-2011
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Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

Sorry, I must have missed something: is this about the N1E or N2E? Because otherwise it seems completely off-topic.

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M_E_G
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Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.


ynot22 wrote:

 

Do any of you cringe when you read certain phrases or expressions which have invaded our common language and are either way overused or just don't make much sense?

 


No. I tend to cringe when someone (other than the site owner) tries to dictate how I (or others) post on a public forum.

 

If it's not obscene or deliberately inflammatory why bother with how other people choose to express themselves?

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ynot22
Posts: 158
Registered: ‎05-26-2011

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.


mpclemens wrote:

Sorry, I must have missed something: is this about the N1E or N2E? Because otherwise it seems completely off-topic.



Yes, you're missing something.

 

But thanks for your revealing input anyway.

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Without some degree of chaos there will be no change in the established order.
Sometimes change is necessary, but only if I say it is.***
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mpclemens
Posts: 89
Registered: ‎05-27-2011

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

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This is a product-specific forum, intended for discussion of the N1E and N2E. Perhaps you were aiming for another forum and missed?

 

[Edited for spelling snafu]

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timetravel
Posts: 97
Registered: ‎03-31-2009

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

Don't "disrespect" me. 

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ynot22
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Registered: ‎05-26-2011
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Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

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M_E_G wrote:


 

No. I tend to cringe when someone (other than the site owner) tries to dictate how I (or others) post on a public forum.

 



"... tries to dictate ... ."

 

Uh, where is this "attempted dictation" to which you refer?

 

God, some of you people seem to have lost what little minds you had.

 

A number of you seem to have taken a personal dislike for me and therefore tend to jump on anything and everything i write.

 

I can accept valid criticism of what I write, of course,  But I can't and will not accept spurious, misleading crap like this.

 

Again, where is anyone attempting to dictate what anyone else writes?

 

This was a simple query asking people what overused or trite phrases they found annoying.

 

And that's all it was.

 

 

***Without order there is chaos.
Without some degree of chaos there will be no change in the established order.
Sometimes change is necessary, but only if I say it is.***
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shadowcat80
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Registered: ‎12-25-2010

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.

Let me ask you this ynot22, why does how other people post bug you so much?  If you don't like the post you don't have to read it you can skip over to the next post.  Most people's posts reflect the way they speak in person.  If a person uses cliches in their speech that's the way they post as well.  You don't have to talk the same or post the same but, to be critical about other people's posting style is just mean spirited.

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Josienjoe
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Registered: ‎02-15-2010

Re: Phrases or expressions we could do without.


shadowcat80 wrote:

Let me ask you this ynot22, why does how other people post bug you so much?  If you don't like the post you don't have to read it you can skip over to the next post.  Most people's posts reflect the way they speak in person.  If a person uses cliches in their speech that's the way they post as well.  You don't have to talk the same or post the same but, to be critical about other people's posting style is just mean spirited.


Well, I guess at the end of the day, it is what it is, right?  :smileywink: