Overused and overrated

After reading a post about the Most Irritating Phrases in the English Language on lemondrop.com, I couldn’t help but share them with you.

But first, here’s my top ten list…

  1. Reinvent the wheel
  2. Outside the box
  3. Towards
  4. [blank] associate (or any job titles that sound fancier than they really are)
  5. Google it
  6. Pwning some nubes
  7. Vertical/horizontal market
  8. Upstream/downstream
  9. Ending sentences with prepositions
  10. Significant other/life partner

Here’s the original list from Oxford University:

  1. At the end of the day
  2. Fairly unique
  3. I personally
  4. At this moment in time
  5. With all due respect
  6. Absolutely
  7. It’s a nightmare
  8. Shouldn’t of
  9. 24/7
  10. It’s not rocket science

Here’s some additional ones from Lemondrop with which I agree:

  1. going green
  2. tween
  3. douche
  4. blogosphere
  5. value-added
  6. grassroots
  7. low-hanging fruit
  8. monetize
  9. chillax
  10. no offense but …
  11. all of the sudden
  12. basically
  13. ironically
  14. actually
  15. honestly
  16. totally
  17. hopefully
  18. as to whether
  19. anyways/towards (anyway, toward)
  20. for all intensive purposes (for “for all intents and purposes”)
  21. suppose to (for “supposed to”)
  22. could of (for “could have”)


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