"At the end of the day..."
Needs to go bye-bye, as well.
My friend and I were having this discussion last week. One he mentioned that didn't bother me until he mentioned it is: "Isn't it though?"
Can't Touch This: "It's freezing out there today."
Someone Else: "Isn't it though?"
I told him the next time someone says that I'm going to reply negatively.
Can't Touch This: "This is the most exciting game I've seen all week!"
Someone Else: "Isn't it though?!"
Can't Touch This: "No. What game are you watching?"
My list includes:
The use of the article "an" before words that start with a pronounced H. The most commonly heard is "an historic." I shall not accept any explanation to justify this blatant grammatical liberty. It is made up and pretentious.
An earlier variation to theme of taking random grammatical liberties is when people starting pronouncing the T in the word often. The T is silent. At least it was silent. More ofTen than not, I hear the T. I think people who did that were trying to sounds smarter, and now it's so commonly heard that I think most people don't even know the T is supposed to be silent.
I wonder when people are going to start pronouncing the S in Illinois...?
- the "nu-cue-lar" someone else mentioned is at the top of my list.
- in a more general sense, when some reporter asks someone (typically in sports), "So how happy/sad were you when event X happened/didn't happen?". How in the world is someone supposed to answer a question like that??? My answer would always be
"7" and nothing more. It is the laziest and least purposeful question I can think of to ask someone over the age of 9.
I don't have real problems with different expressions. etc. Some I may not like so well, some may seem cheesey/corny/overused, but in general I try not to let that stuff get to me. What I don't like are when people flat out say things incorrectly.
I like saying "nuke-ular" because it annoys people.
The "nukeular" thing never bothered me but I always wondered about kids who couldn't pronounce spaghetti.
- When a "problem" is referred to as a "challenge" or an "opportunity." If it has potentially negative consequences, it's a PROBLEM. Anything else is just spin. Call it a problem and then tackle it. "Houston, we have an opportunity!" Ugh.
- And related to that, the misuse of the word "issue." I lead a meeting where people know I'm no fan of people bringing "issues" to the table. "Concerning this issue..." should be "concerning this matter." "I have an issue with this..." should be "I have a problem with this..."
Oh, and I HAVE heard people pronounce the S in Illinois. Yikes.
"I'd like to...." (such as "I'd like to thank") - if you would like to do so, then just do it, instead of saying you want to (i.e. say "Thank you" instead of "I'd like to thank you.")
It's not a huge deal, unless I find myself saying it, in which case I wonder why I have to resort to something like that.
Also the phrase "past history" is a bit of a pet peeve as well.
Also, "There is no 'I' in T-E-A-M." Correct, but there is an 'M' and an 'E'.