Annoying Phrases That Should Be Retired

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Annoying cliche phrases are everywhere these days, from television commercials to Hollywood films to everyday conversation.  Not only are these cliche phrases unoriginal and ubiquitous, they show a marked lack of creativity and conversational skill.  Here are some of the worst offenders; cliche phrases that should be retired forever.

“That’s what she said”.  The problem with this phrase is that it has the ability to make anyone sound like an immature 14-year old boy.  Another problem with this phrase is that it is almost always uttered in response to a statement where the “that’s what she said” reply makes no sense at all.  Lou: “Hey, Bob, what’s the weather forecast for tomorrow?”  Bob: “That’s what SHE said!”

“My bad”.  The word ‘bad’ is almost always used as an adjective.  This expression takes an adjective and attempts to turn it into a noun, which is essentially the same as saying something like “My yellow”, or “His sticky” or “Her Hungry”.  Yes, the word “bad” can be used as a noun, as in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”, but this is not the same thing.  Forming a complete sentence by sticking a possessive pronoun in front of an adjective is just “bad” grammar.

“Working hard or hardly working?”  A workplace favorite, this annoying phrase is almost always followed by laughter from the person who said it, as though they had just created this cutesy play on words right on the spot.  Those who say this phrase must be thinking hard, or hardly thinking.

“I know, right?”  Like, ohmygawd, that phrase is sooo cliche.  I know, right?

“What happens in (blank), stays in (blank).”  The problem with this oft overused cliche phrase is that the notorious things that often happen in (blank), seldom stay in (blank), thereby giving this moronic phrase no credulity or substance.

“It goes without saying”.  If something “goes without saying”, then why are you saying it?

“Now that’s what I’m talking about!”  Much like the “that’s what she said” phrase, this exclamation is often used for no discernible reason whatsoever.  For example:  “We’re having meat loaf for dinner?  Now that’s what I’m talking about!”  

These are common everyday phrases which make most educated and sensible people cringe, and should be banned from being said because they are examples of bad grammar, bad taste, or just plain annoying.


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