Words And Phrases I Would Become President Of The World Just To Be Able To Ban, Even If It Meant Doing A Lot Of Paperwork

In any way, shape, or form
Kthxbai
Moms' night out
Put a bug in his ear
Just sayin'
Woot
I'm not going to lie...
Epic fail
Where are you at?
Awesomesauce
Pick your brain
I can haz _____?
I heart you
Internets
Teh Internets
Ridonculous
If you will
Old school
I'm so blessed
Peace (when someone uses it as their sign-off in an email, like "Talk to you soon. Peace, Holly")
Coming down the pike
So be it
 
Wow, just reading that list gave me the full body shivers. Anything you'd like to add for when I become President of the World?

1
kate
Jul 25, 2010

Completely agree. I would add:
Oh noes
Lol
'the girls' when referring to a woman's chest area
Stinkin' cute
Booty
Can I ask you a question?
...and lots more that I can't remember right now.

2
Caitie
Jul 26, 2010

I hate it when people say 'Later Gater'. Just because it rhymes, doesn't mean I want to be associated with an alligator when you're bidding me a good afternoon.

Also, at the pub it gives me the shivers when inebriated girls at the end of the night try to fake air kiss (but usually miss each other and hit the wall) while saying 'Cheerio' in a fake posh voice that's slurred with vodka. Loathe.

3
Margaret
Jul 26, 2010

Hot mess. I hatehatehate that phrase.

4
Suzannah Burke
Jul 26, 2010

Catcha.
huggage
{anything cutesy-I don't really know why, perhaps because it smacks of insincerity}

5
Emma
Jul 26, 2010

Great list! I'd add all those ridiculous work phrases like "thinking outside the box" and "there's no i in "team". Shudder.
And while you're at it, could you get rid of Monday mornings? Or just Mondays altogether? I've had enough of them already.

6
Marguerite
Jul 26, 2010

"With all due respect" - generally I take it to mean that there is no respect at all involved!
"for all intents and purposes", mostly because people always spell it wrong (for all intensive purposes et al.)
I also have a strong dislike of the way some people say "a" to make it rhyme with way and say. They do it a lot on topchef and add to that the overuse of the first phrase mentioned by me and I spent half the time I watch the show cringing. Maybe I should take it as a signe to stop watching!

7
Kathy
Jul 26, 2010

Hi, first time commenter here!

I would ban all those words/phrases on your list and add:

1. I don't mean to offend you, but
2. Don't take this the wrong way, but

Uh, I guess pretty much anything that is followed by "but" because the word "but" negates the "I don't mean to offend you" part of the sentence. If someone REALLY didn't mean to offend me (and we know they do, right?) they'd just not say anything.

8
Jolene
Jul 26, 2010

Also:

1. Man Cave
2. Changing any city to add 'Vegas' to the end
3. The Phrase: 'What happens in ____, stays in ____)

9
Sara
Jul 26, 2010

Oh, please Madame President rid the world of:
at the end of the day
my bad
and the complete misunderstanding that some people have when they misuse the word "weary" for the word "leery" (as in "I'm a little weary of that putting Johnny to bed without his stuffed frog. He doesn't sleep well without it, you know.") Because unless you've been withholding said lovie for several nights, you aren't really tired of it. More likely you are a bit afraid of what may happen.
Can you tell I have a bit of an issue when it comes to that last one?

10
Sarah
Jul 26, 2010

I only have one: It is what it is.

11
Mon
Jul 26, 2010

"Whatevs" and also people who say goodbye on the phone to me by saying "cheers". And they aren't British. And they might be my boss.

12
Camels & Chocolate
Jul 26, 2010

Mine is, without a doubt, "totes." (Unless it's "totes magotes" said by our favorite Paul Rudd. In which case, I only cringe a little.)

Also, I detest pretty much every cliche on the market, particularly "it is what it is" as Sarah mentioned above.

Though I'm quite curious as to why "all the Belgian whistles" didn't make your list...?

13
Darcie
Jul 26, 2010

This is a great list!
I hate it when people say "LOL" or "OMG" . It is a text language people, not ACTUAL words to use in conversation.

14
lizneust
Jul 26, 2010

I'm with you on everything except "Moms' night out.". Those three little words on my calendar each month are wonderful and I am not giving them up. (I know we could call it something else, but we don't.)

Please ban "out of the box," unless you are talking about a real, physical box. Or Schroedinger's cat.

15
Kathleen
Jul 26, 2010

Please ban :

Anyhoo
Yowzers
Words substituting the "s" for "z" as in Girlz, Dayz, &c.

Love your list !

16
Karen Travels
Jul 26, 2010

"Ooops. My bad!!!!"

17
Ricki
Jul 26, 2010

"I'm so blessed". This is my BIG peeve. Don't people see that when they say how blessed they are, anyone who is not experiencing their good fortune might feel a little, uh...NOT so blessed? Bad things do happen to good people, and it has nothing to do with being blessed or not blessed. Ugh.

18
lucy
Jul 26, 2010

Ok, I totally agree. I'd like to add "eff", "f" and "f'ed", or any misspelling of curse words.

19
Elizabeth
Jul 26, 2010

It drives me nuts when adults use 'Yummy' to describe food or anything else. I realize you may have kids, but come on.......

20
Brenda
Jul 26, 2010

"To Boot"
And any signage trying to use a foreign language that is misspelled or misused. Use it right or don't use it at all!

21
slynnro
Jul 26, 2010

PEOPLE. STOP IT WITH AWESOMESAUCE. And LAMESAUCE.

I mean, really.

22
slynnro
Jul 26, 2010

Also? The word cardi for cardigan. THE WORD IS NOT THAT LONG. THERE IS NO NEED FOR SHORTENING.

23
Kate (and Ben)
Jul 26, 2010

Any shortening of any word drives me mad.
"My hubs and I had a jammy cab on our vacay."
Makes me want to rip out a larynx. ugh.
-K

24
Lindsey
Jul 26, 2010

Ah, that's a wonderful list! I'd add:

Bahahaha (seriously? Say it. Do you ever laugh like that?)

LML/FML

"I could care less"

cheesin'

25
Emily
Jul 26, 2010

Along the lines of saying "OMG" in a conversation, I'll add people who say "BTW" in a conversation, pronounced phonetically: "bee tee dub". Can I get a WTF? (Kidding!)

26
Kaylee
Jul 26, 2010

"Everything happens for a reason!" Drives me BATTY.

27
suzi
Jul 26, 2010

Oh, can I play?

How about:

what are your takeaways? (from a meeting)

My bad
For reals?
At the end of the day

ahhh, I feel better. :)

28
Linda_M
Jul 26, 2010

"My bad" drives me crazy!

29
Min
Jul 26, 2010

Can we get rid of "baby daddy," PLEASE???

And can we also have seminars teaching people that "snuck" is colloquial; they should be saying "sneaked."

I'd like to add a sub-clause to some mentioned above. A friend of mine has recently decided to TYPE (!) "oh em gee." How does this save time or keystrokes? Also, the fact that she's got a 20-something-year-old daughter and she's doing this makes it a worse offence, I believe.

30
Home Sweet Sarah
Jul 26, 2010

Good list, although I fear I am guilty of one or two of them ("Where you at?!" said in my faux white-girl gangsta voice is a favorite.)

AnyHOO! Here are mine:

FTW! - When did this happen? All of a sudden people are FTW!-ing all over the place and it drives me crazy. Another variation that's annoying is when people say FTL? (question mark?) like they're trying to be ironic by not saying FTW! That's not irony, people.

Circle back - Like at work, "I'll circle back with you in a couple days." No, you won't, you'll call or email me in a couple days, douche.

31
James
Jul 26, 2010

Life is too short.

No, that's not for the list. I mean life is too short to be bothered by the dumb little things that people say. We should be focusing on banning much bigger things. Like adult sized Crocs.

32
jive turkey
Jul 26, 2010

Please eliminate "FML," "Life is good!" and referring to your husband as "DH." That last one makes me want to scratch my eyeballs out.

33
jes
Jul 26, 2010

Wow. I abuse four of those on your list. :)

I would add:

1. Rock my face [or socks] off (like: "You rock my face off!", which I think is a compliment, though I don't understand it. At all.)

2. Bestie. I want to stab myself in the eyeball when I read that word. Which is often, on Facebook.

34
Chris
Jul 26, 2010

"I, for one" or "I for one" - if you begin a sentence with either of these I will stop listening and instead focus on not punching you in the face.
"My Bad"
Lastly, not a specific phrase, but I hate it when people use plurals incorrectly.

35
fancythis
Jul 26, 2010

that's hot
and since we're eliminating the phrase, can we eliminiate that particular human as well?

just asking.
(ooh! that's another one!)

36
Emily
Jul 26, 2010

Preggers
Hubby
Whatnot

Ha, thinking of Paul Rudd saying "totes magotes" helped me from gagging as I typed those three words.

37

"IT IS WHAT IT IS"!!!!!

38
Katelar
Jul 26, 2010

"my thing is..."
I hate when people begin sentences that way (or any other way like it). Especially because they often forget that the word 'is' is right there and then repeat it: "The thing is, is...". Drives me bonkers.

39
Thespian Libby
Jul 26, 2010

my bad
it is what it is
incorrect use of "myself"

Thank you, Madame President.

40
Lisa
Jul 26, 2010

I have toddlers, but we just use regular English words with them. Hence, it irritates me (and confuses the children) when people come over and talk about their "cuppy", "dipie", "blankie", etc.

Also, why do people "love him to death"? Seems a bit too much.

41
Leslie
Jul 26, 2010

"Twas" is a bad one. I am so sick of "Twas delightful". Also any obnoxious shortening of the word husband. Hubs, Hubby, Hubster, The Hubs. He has a name. Preggers and Epic are terrible and I vote for them as well.

42
Lauren
Jul 26, 2010

a whole nother

43
Leslie
Jul 26, 2010

Oh, there are SOOO many...

"The bottom line is..."
"Supposebly..."
"Prolly..."
"All of THE sudden..."

I could go on and on!

44
lucy
Jul 26, 2010

oooh, one more. "the boyfriend" makes my skin crawl.

45
Keli
Jul 26, 2010

Take it to the next level.
Kick it up a notch.

46
Heather
Jul 26, 2010

I would absolutely do away with "preggers", "bling" and "baby bump". Those three words make me crazy.

47
Kate
Jul 26, 2010

Ooh ooh! Me! Call on me!

Words I submit for eradication:

hubby (SO MUCH HATE for this word)
hubs/the hubs
wifey
potty (I'm willing to cut small children some slack on this one, but there is absolutely NO REASON an adult should refer to "the potty" to another adult)
preggo/prego/preggers/pregs

Expressions:

"the fam"
"the kiddos"
"It is what it is"

I'm sure I could go on, but I won't.

This reminds me of when (years ago) Dave Barry wrote an article about songs he hated, and he ended up getting the largest reader response EVER (this was pre-Internet days, even) and realized that song-badness is an issue people feel strongly about.

48
Jane
Jul 26, 2010

I would forever banish "I love me some ___________." You don't love YOU some anything, you love something.

49
Melissa
Jul 26, 2010

OK, mine are mostly business related:

It is what it is...
Great call out!
Let's flush this out. (It's FLESH it out. You know, give form to an idea.)

And basically everything everybody else mentioned above.

50
Kdubs
Jul 26, 2010

"Can I AX you a question?" Really? Is it that hard to pronounce the word 'ask'?

and

"Catch you on the flip side!" (or any variation of that).

Oh, and it's not a phrase but the fist bump is really getting old. We have friends who are great people but like to fist bump. People, you're in your 50's and you're white...the fist bump just doesn't...no.

51
Sarah
Jul 26, 2010

This list is awesome. I agree with preggers, hubs, hubby, DH and all the rest. Also, I would add "that's what she said" (from the Office. Please people, LET IT GO.

52
Celeste
Jul 26, 2010

While we're at it..

BFF

Pushback - people in my office are excessively fond of this one, as in, "Can I offer some pushback about your idea?" I don't understand what's so hard about saying, "I disagree."

I once belonged to a listserv with a woman who signed all of her posts with, "Peace, Out!" and then her name. She insisted she was a high school teacher and therefore was privy to all the latest youth lingo. It still makes my skin crawl.

53
Starlene
Jul 26, 2010

"For all intents and purposes" OR if you're a total moron "For all intensive purposes". Either way drives me nuts.

Using the word sexy in relation to food. I HATE this.

My bad.

"I could of died" Really? Don't you mean you could HAVE died?

There are so many more but these are my top offenders.

54
Lacey
Jul 26, 2010

Preggers, Baby Bump, and Green or Going Green. Moist, I really hate that word. Also, I don't understand most of the text "talk" so all of that needs to go. What does DH mean?

55
Janette
Jul 26, 2010

"My uterus (or ovaries) is hurting" in response to a cute picture of a baby. What the hell does that mean? Enough.

56
peach
Jul 26, 2010

thank you for this! so many of the blogs i read use these words ALL THE TIME and it makes me want to log off the internets (ha) forever.
add to it:
it is what it is. stop using this as a cop out to actually discussing the issue.
LMFAO. really? you're laughing that hard at my status update about moving?
have a blessed day. on my boss's voicemail. maybe i'm an atheist and i don't want to be blessed!

57
Sheila
Jul 26, 2010

I cannot abide the word "grow" used as a transitive verb: "grow the business" or "grow the economy." It makes the proofreader in me flinch every time I see it.

On the other hand, "ridonculous" has always made me chuckle. Do you think we can still be friends?

58
julie
Jul 26, 2010

"6 of one, half dozen of another" - drives me crazy!

59
Amy --- Just A Titch
Jul 26, 2010

"teh awesome"

"bestie"

"hubby"

60
April
Jul 26, 2010

Paradigm when used in a business context because it's never used properly.
Proactive
dog when used to discuss anything other than an actual dog

61
MissM
Jul 26, 2010

All of mine have already been said, but I have to second the loathing of "Cheers!" by a non-British person. I am married to a Brit so hear the correct accent used, and when an American says it, I CRINGE!

62
Laura
Jul 26, 2010

I have to echo the text-speak in conversation, not texts or chat. My mother-in-law does it constantly and it is like nails on a chalkboard to me:
OMG
WTF
LOL <- that one really gets me, because I am standing right beside you, I know you are not "laughing out loud"
BTDubs <- So now text-speak needs abbreviation as well?!

63
Vicky
Jul 26, 2010

I used the phrase "coming down the pike" in TWO different e-mails this morning. I never use that phrase. I noticed when I was writing them but I threw caution to the wind and went for it.

64
eva woods
Jul 26, 2010

I've been reading "bestie" as "beastie". I thought they were calling their friends cute monsters, which i kind of liked.

I hate when people say, "in my world", as in, "I don't allow negative people in my world". There is only one world. It's everybody's. Dang it.

65
Emily
Jul 26, 2010

Oh yes. There are so many I agree with...

hubby
anything with "sauce" tacked on
Man Cave
decor that "pops" (I get the shivers of hatred on that one)

But I HATE when people say "We're pregnant!" because NO, actually, no YOU AREN'T. Your WIFE is pregnant. You are having a baby, but it is coming out of your WIFE.

Hate hate hate.

66
Kristabella
Jul 26, 2010

I use quite a few of these. Can we still be friends?

Also, it is well know that Chicagoans end their sentences with prepositions. So "Where are you at?" is completely acceptable in this part of the country.

(On a side note, one of my friends is and 8th grade teacher and she says most of those things, and makes up a few of her own.)

67
Kathleen
Jul 26, 2010

I agree with almost all of these, but one that I can't believe hasn't been mentioned and literally makes me want to vomit is "squee". Can you picture yourself saying that in reality? Just picture it. That's what I thought.

68
Rhi
Jul 26, 2010

BEWBS. Bewbs must go now.

69
Caroline
Jul 26, 2010

GIT 'ER DUN.

Or howeverthehell the perpetuators of this damnable phrase insist on spelling it.

O please o dear god, make it go away.

70
Adam
Jul 26, 2010

May I propose,

"work with me, people,"

or any use of names like Snooki.

71
Andrea
Jul 26, 2010

I'd vote for you as President. Please add the following to your list:

1. Brain-fart

72
Katrina
Jul 26, 2010

"Brain explosion"

Australian rugby league commentators have a lot to answer for!

73
Leah
Jul 26, 2010

I really can't stand shortenings. Like Obvs, Sojeal, Totes, Awes. It really serves no purpose except to sound flippant and cool, and it makes you sound like a neanderthal.

74
Keli
Jul 26, 2010

Take it to the next level
Kick it up a notch
If I may

75
wendy
Jul 26, 2010

"It's a no brainer."
Please stop.

76
Franca Bollo
Jul 26, 2010

It makes my ears bleed every time a flight attendant announces, "We will be landing momentarily." Momentarily means "for a moment" so I want to yell in a panic, "Will we all be able to disembark before the plane takes off again?"

Momentarily also gets a lot of airtime when made to hold.

Can we just return to "in a moment"?

And ... this is crude but "keep my shit together" I just get the visual of someone making meatloaf but with poo ...

And brain fart ... gah ...

And, and ... "we're pregnant" unless you're a pregnant lesbian in a relationship with another pregnant lesbian.

Plus all the ones you've listed and pretty much everyone else's. Either I'm a purist or really, really crabby.

77
Megan
Jul 26, 2010

I wholeheartedly agree with everything on this list AND everything in the comments! Especially "I'm so blessed," (I see this all the time on facebook and it makes me gag. It's like the offender doesn't think they're bragging if they call it "blessed," but guess what? IT'S STILL BRAGGING) "woot," and "hubs." I cringed just typing those last two.

My pet peeve: incorrect use of the word "literally" as a way of exaggerating to make a point. As in "OMG, you guys, that movie was so sad I literally cried my eyes out." Really? Literally cried them out of the very sockets in your skull? That's incredible.

78
Tracy
Jul 26, 2010

"The Whole Nine Yards".

"What's the Dee-li-oh" or any word with "li-oh" added to the end. Coolio...comes to mind.

I have two separate co-workers who use these phrases ALL THE TIME, and it's like nails on a chalk board.

79
Lana
Jul 26, 2010

I agree with so many above, don't think I saw:

"HOLLA"! instead of hello/hi

When people say "yes" after a question they ask ("That was a really great show, yes?")

Bootylicious

Get out (when they are shocked by something you said)

80
alanaransley
Jul 26, 2010

President Holly, may I add:

-nom nom nom, when referring to food (makes me want to gag)
-vacay
-dh, dd, ds, when referring to family members

-Definitely LOL and haha. It seems like so many people can't think of anything to say, so they have to tag on one of those things at the end of every text, email, or Facebook post.

-Also, why do people spell "yay", like they're excited, as "yeah"? That one really irks me.

I could go on and on, but you would fall asleep reading. Thanks for this post. I need to discreetly pass it on to many of my friends.

81
Janssen
Jul 26, 2010

Preggers (I feel dirty just writing it), Hubby, Hubs, Hubster, "bun in the oven."

82
annie
Jul 26, 2010

I just had this conversation the other day! Add to the list -

mani/pedi (HATE)
cami
When someone starts a sentence (particularly a PROFESSIONAL, usually a talking head on cable news) with "I mean..." REALLY? Are we REALLY clarifying what we "mean" before we've even spoken? DRIVES ME CRAZY.

83
annie
Jul 26, 2010

I just had this conversation the other day! Add to the list -

mani/pedi (HATE)
cami
When someone starts a sentence (particularly a PROFESSIONAL, usually a talking head on cable news) with "I mean..." REALLY? Are we REALLY clarifying what we "mean" before we've even spoken? DRIVES ME CRAZY.

84
Stacey
Jul 26, 2010

I don't do x.
Peeps for people.

85
Courtney
Jul 26, 2010

"It is what it is"! Ahhhh I hate that. Also "now more than ever." "Full of win"/"made of win." Hate hate hate.

86
Courtney
Jul 26, 2010

Also, a few more work terms: "Let's talk about this offline" (are we standing in line? Are we chatting online? No! We are in a meeting!) and "50,000-foot level."

87
Shauna
Jul 26, 2010

I completely agree with EVERYTHING on this list and all of the comments! (except ridonkulous because 'I Love You Man' was hilarious!)

88
Nancy
Jul 26, 2010

Please! These one's too!

- pick the low hanging fruit
- fo sho
- anything that is "epic"
- w00t (really people, with zero's?)

89
Courtney
Jul 26, 2010

Sorry, one last one (from my husband): "nothingburger." I don't even know what that means.

90
Jennifer
Jul 26, 2010

I LOVE IT.

Here are my adds:

1. It is what it is

2. I think I did good (no, you think you did well)

3. [Insert word such as much, singing, dancing] is my passion

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