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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 12:38 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

'At the end of the day' named most irritating cliche
10:05 AM CST on Wednesday, March 24, 2004
Associated Press
LONDON - At the end of the day, it's the most irritating cliche in the English language.
So says the Plain English Campaign which said the abused and overused phrase was first in a poll of most annoying cliches.
Second place went to "at this moment in time," and third to the constant use of "like," as if it were a form of punctuation. "With all due respect" came fourth.
"When readers or listeners come across these tired expressions, they start tuning out and completely miss the message -- assuming there is one," said Plain English Campaign spokesman John Lister.
"Using these terms in daily business is about as professional as wearing a novelty tie or having a wacky ring-tone on your phone."
Lister said people should follow the 1946 advice of writer George Orwell: "Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print."
The Plain English Campaign, which offers annual awards for good use of the language, surveyed its 5,000 supporters in more than 70 countries for the poll.
Other terms that received multiple nominations included: 24/7; absolutely; address the issue; around (in place of about); awesome; ballpark figure; basically; basis ("on a weekly basis" in place of "weekly" and so on); bear with me; between a rock and a hard place; bottom line; crack troops; glass half full (or half empty); I hear what you're saying; in terms of; it's not rocket science; literally; move the goal-posts; ongoing; prioritize; pushing the envelope; singing from the same hymn sheet; the fact of the matter is; thinking outside the box; to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest and touch base.
Formed in 1979, the Plain English Campaign is an independent group that campaigns against cliches, jargon and obfuscation, particularly in official and public documents.


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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:21 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The phrase I get sick of hearing is 'On the day'. I don't know why it annoys me so much except its overuse by people in the entertainment industry.

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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Well, On the day you figure it out, Let us know.


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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

The guy next to me at work talks like this:

"Hello, hi, my name is ________ and I, er, obviously, I'm speaking to you literally today, and like at the end of the day, as I say, I, I, I wanted to speak, or should I say talk to you about, y'know...."

I have eight hours of this, and it's bloody irritating.

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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:39 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I can imagine... ~_~'


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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:41 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

my bloody manageress (soon to be ex manageress me hopes) always starts telling a story in detail, 5minutes later she says "to cut a long story short..." then 5/10minutes later she's still bloody telling it...i now hate the phrase "to cut a long story short"..she uses it about everything..oo i can't stand anything about that woman grrrr *steam coming out of ears*...ok im calm now;D


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Posted: 24 Mar 04, 13:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

How about the phrase "I've seen those given" often used by co-commentators of football matches where the referee hasn't given a free kick or whatever on a dubious part of the game.

This phrase has been used in every game that Sandy Clark (BBC Scotland co-commentator) has been on.


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