Sayings that don't make sense and get on your nerves

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Sayings that don't make sense and get on your nerves

<3BF <3BF
Are there any sayings which you hear over and over again that bug you? Do you hate it when words or phrases are used incorrectly? Please vent here.
02/10/2012
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<3BF <3BF
Here's one: 'I'm at a loss for words' or 'I've got nothing to say.' Well then shouldn't you be silent? You wasted those words and my time by spouting them, while contributing nothing to anyone. Feel smart?
02/10/2012
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
"No offense, but..." Or "I don't mean to disrespect..."

Those irritate the hell out of me. Why don't you say something like "this might sound offensive or disrespectful, and I don't intend them to be, but..." That just sounds better to me than the two examples I gave.
02/10/2012
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by <3BF
Here's one: 'I'm at a loss for words' or 'I've got nothing to say.' Well then shouldn't you be silent? You wasted those words and my time by spouting them, while contributing nothing to anyone. Feel smart?
I say those because to me, it's a way to acknowledge that you've said something possibly very huge and I'm not ignoring you but I don't have an adequate response at this current moment. I would much rather have somebody say that they have no words to me than sit there silently while I wonder if they were actually paying attention to anything I've just said.
02/10/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
"I'm not a racist, but - "

I hear this a lot in the South. I won't excuse your bad manners and bigotry just because you say that, no.
02/10/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by <3BF
Here's one: 'I'm at a loss for words' or 'I've got nothing to say.' Well then shouldn't you be silent? You wasted those words and my time by spouting them, while contributing nothing to anyone. Feel smart?
Right with you on this one! I also hate when people say: "There are no words" and then continue speaking! LOL
02/10/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by wrecklesswords
"No offense, but..." Or "I don't mean to disrespect..."

Those irritate the hell out of me. Why don't you say something like "this might sound offensive or disrespectful, and I don't intend them to be, ...
Also saying "excuse me" while pushing past...the proper way to do this is to say "Please Excuse me but I need to get by" then wait for just a bit to be acknowledged.
02/10/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by <3BF
Are there any sayings which you hear over and over again that bug you? Do you hate it when words or phrases are used incorrectly? Please vent here.
Irregardless.....this word bugs the crap out of me because it DOESN'T MAKE SENSE!!
-Ir means "not" and less means...well roughly the same. The word regardless is an absolute and doesn't require a prefix. If you add -ir you are making a double negative and simply attemtping to sound more intelligent or something!
02/10/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
About the only one mentioned so far that bothers me is the one Chilipepper quoted. The others are fine with me (except for "irregardless," which I don't really hear very often at all).

One word I hear a lot (especially here in Philly) that drives me up the wall is "jawn." It basically stands for any noun that a person either can't immediately recall the name of or doesn't feel like elaborating on, and used often enough can result in sentences that could be the basis for a mad lib because no specifics have been given.
02/10/2012
PassionateLover2 PassionateLover2
"You know....."

(No, I don't know!) Does everyone think I can read their mind!!
02/10/2012
js250 js250
You wouldn't understand....
Okay, then shut the fuck up about it!! I do not like when other people try to put your intelligence down and continue talking about a subject.
02/10/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
"I don't know what is up with him lately,it's like he did a total 360."
So...he's the same as he was before...is he doing the hokey pokey...what the hell are you talking about?!?!? Hear that one alot.
02/10/2012
Rod Ronald Rod Ronald
Oh my Brother In Law says this one all the damn time and it drives me freaking nuts. We will be talking as a group and he will just be sitting there and he'll say...
"I'm sorry...I wasn't listening." or even better "I wasn't listening"
No shit dumb ass, thats why no one was addressing you in the conversation!!!
That drives me nuts!!!
02/10/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
Oh, here's a good one. When someone's trying to sound like they did some actual research about a topic, and they go, "On the internet, it said..."

Where on the internet?! What website? Often when I ask these questions, they either don't know or just restate, "On the internet." Seriously, people, that's like saying that you opened up your browser and were automatically presented with the information you just relayed, and that there was nothing elsewhere on the internet to conflict with that information!

I don't mind if someone says they can't remember the website (especially if they manage to look it up later and tell me what it was), but is it really so hard to understand that the internet isn't exactly a single stand-alone program with information dumped into it by the cosmos?
02/10/2012
<3BF <3BF
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I say those because to me, it's a way to acknowledge that you've said something possibly very huge and I'm not ignoring you but I don't have an adequate response at this current moment. I would much rather have somebody say that they ...
I know, I'm grossly exaggerating my complaint, but I feel there are other platitudes one can substitute that make more sense then 'I've got nothing to say'. If you are going to say something vague, and borderline hallow, I'd rather here 'sorry to hear that' or 'that's very interesting' instead of 'I've got nothing to say'.
02/10/2012
<3BF <3BF
Another phrase I hate to hear: 'where you at?' Is the world running out of 'be verbs' or are you really too lazy to add the extra syllable to sound smarter than a neanderthal?
02/10/2012
PeachieClean PeachieClean
"I could care less"

It's "I *couldn't* care less". If you could care less that means that you DO care. @-@
02/10/2012
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by <3BF
I know, I'm grossly exaggerating my complaint, but I feel there are other platitudes one can substitute that make more sense then 'I've got nothing to say'. If you are going to say something vague, and borderline hallow, I'd ...
For me, saying "I've got nothing to say" or "no comment" or anything to that effect serves two purposes:

1) In more serious conversation, it eliminates the other person's expectation that you have a meaningful response if they gave an indication that they were hoping for one. Staying silent often comes off as rude, and can leave someone feeling like they've been left hanging.
2) If the conversation is more humorous (or someone has just made a very stupid comment or suggestion), it adds a level of snark or sarcasm that I find to be amusing.
02/10/2012
Errant Venture Errant Venture
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Originally posted by PeachieClean
"I could care less"

It's "I *couldn't* care less". If you could care less that means that you DO care. @-@
I was going to say this, too.
02/11/2012
Ansley Ansley
Supposably...just why?

Supposedly!
02/11/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
Not really a phrase, but the thing that drives me nuts is incorrect use of "literally".

"My heart was literally beating out of my chest!" Really? I don't see a giant chest wound. You still seem to be alive. Unless you were in the midst of open heart surgery, no. It wasn't.
02/11/2012
Eliyahu Eliyahu
"I'm/we're getting the Internet at home". Raaaaaaaaaaaaage!!! No, you're getting "internet access", the whole freakin internet won't fit in your house/computer/etc.
02/11/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
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Originally posted by Crystal1
Not really a phrase, but the thing that drives me nuts is incorrect use of "literally".

"My heart was literally beating out of my chest!" Really? I don't see a giant chest wound. You still seem to be alive. Unless ...
Cue obligatory the oatmeal comic: link
02/11/2012
Kissy Kissy
I am usually the one who uses words wrong! My husband hates it! I am sorry everyone!!
02/11/2012
namelesschaos namelesschaos
The closest for me is the way some Spanish people speakers overuse use "y pico", think of it like “and a chuck” a dictionary will give usages like just after three (“tres y pico”). However, it becomes very annoying when people like my mother basically use it more like this “first number y pico” and do so all the time even when they know and should use the exact number. For example for a flight, leaving at 11:59 my mother will say once (elven) y pico. If she says, something costs a hundred dollars it is not just as a dictionary would imply a price just above a hundred but can mean anything between $100.01 and $199.99. Drives me crazy, some people are like that in English but I find it to be worse among the Spanish speakers I know. It technically makes sense but the resulting range is so wide as to be meaningless; useful phrase if all you know or need is that range, annoying otherwise.
02/11/2012
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
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Originally posted by Airen Wolf
Also saying "excuse me" while pushing past...the proper way to do this is to say "Please Excuse me but I need to get by" then wait for just a bit to be acknowledged.
Yeah!

Usually I'll say "excuse me" BEFORE I actually go by, or I'll say "Excuse me, I'm sorry, I need by."

Manners matter!
02/11/2012
Coralbell Coralbell
A pet peeve of mine that I sometimes see in reviews is when people say (for example) "It is pink in colour." Why not just say that it is pink? It's not like I'll get confused and think you meant that it was pink in size or something. It might make sense to clarify if you're talking about something orange, since that can be a colour or a flavour, but other than that it is unnecessary.
02/12/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
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Originally posted by namelesschaos
The closest for me is the way some Spanish people speakers overuse use "y pico", think of it like “and a chuck” a dictionary will give usages like just after three (“tres y pico”). However, it becomes very annoying when people like my ...
It happens, I am half Spanish and when talking to my friends half the stuff they say just drives me nuts. But it is usually the ones who are speaking Spanglish. There are certain things Puerto ricans or Hispanics will say. The actual term to call someone who speaks Spanish. My friends always say paper toilet, instead of toilet paper. Also in school when you learn Spanish it is not the same as learning from a friend a lot of stuff is pronounced differently.
02/12/2012
Crystal1 Crystal1
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Originally posted by Coralbell
A pet peeve of mine that I sometimes see in reviews is when people say (for example) "It is pink in colour." Why not just say that it is pink? It's not like I'll get confused and think you meant that it was pink in size or ...
That reminded me of something I see a lot. People say "I personally" or "I myself" Just saying "I" covers it.
02/12/2012
<3BF <3BF
It's not a saying, but I also hate it when my very political friends turn everything I, or someone else says, into a liberal or conservative perspective.
02/13/2012
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