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    abaka is offline Senior Member
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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I agree absolutely with what you have said, all these expressions come from AmE.
    Right, those of us who speak AmE cringe, literally, every time we see whilst. Oxford: would you really expect them not to fill their list with Americanisms?
    Last edited by abaka; 23-Jan-2009 at 23:36. Reason: typo. sigh.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Here's the one that's gotten to me lately: actually. One of my kids will say, "I'm actually coming home for dinner tonight." To which I reply, "I will actually see you then." For some reason they don't get the joke.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by abaka View Post
    Right, those of us who speak AmE cringe, literally, every time we see whilst. Oxford: would you really expect them not to fill their list with Americanisms?
    I was referring to the expressions noted by Ouish, not the original list from Oxford on which you will find these:
    1. At the end of the day
    2. Fairly unique
    3. I personally
    5. With all due respect
    6. Absolutely
    7. It's a nightmare

    Which, to the best of my knowledge, are BrE in origin.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I was referring to the expressions noted by Ouish, not the original list from Oxford on which you will find these:
    1. At the end of the day
    2. Fairly unique
    3. I personally
    5. With all due respect
    6. Absolutely
    7. It's a nightmare

    Which, to the best of my knowledge, are BrE in origin.
    Oh!

    These are far better candidates for odium than Oxford's list, being perennial rather than transient. They're all just plain E now -- like most of the language.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    I'm surprised like didn't make it.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'm surprised like didn't make it.
    Like, you know, that's just a word, not a phrase, you know. Like, you know?


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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Grating redundancies:
    past history
    physical violence
    previous experience
    future plans
    And for all those who like to use the phrase "drugs and alcohol", guess what--alcohol is a drug.



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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    And 'This is me' when reporting a past conversation at great length in case we couldn't work it out.

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'm surprised like didn't make it.
    So I'm like "what words can I use to annoy RonBee and Tdol?" and they're all like "at the end of the day anything you say pushes our buttons." So I'm like "whatEVER."

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    Re: The 10 Most Hated English Phrases

    I'm like talk to the hand.

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