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Any words or phrases that you can't stand?

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Dinahmo Mon 10-Feb-20 18:05:23

An early phrase that I loathe is "can I get" but a more recent one is the word curate which is used in place of collect, or select etc. Recent examples:

The Guardian" the BBC's failure to curate some news event responsibly"

A description of someone's collection of china pig money boxes (once given away free) as being "carefully curated"

A delicatessen which provides "a perfectly curated picnic"

To my mind the misuse of the word devalues the work of museum and gallery curators.

Oopsadaisy3 Mon 10-Feb-20 18:08:49

Hence that’s why.......

Drives me crazy

BBbevan Mon 10-Feb-20 18:10:13

Hubby, hun, babe, You guys, for free, off of. My list is long so I won’t bore you all with it

phoenix Mon 10-Feb-20 18:14:36

Not a case of misuse, but "hubby" and "cuppa" really grate!

Jane10 Mon 10-Feb-20 18:16:25

I can't stand 'the get go'. Why not just say 'the start'?

Poppyred Mon 10-Feb-20 18:17:55


Nonogran Mon 10-Feb-20 18:18:48

These ones .....grrrrr!

Missfoodlove Mon 10-Feb-20 18:21:04

So here’s the thing......
You know the time what?
We was having a lovely time
The prize though has to go to anyone that uses the word...... bairns.

popsis71 Mon 10-Feb-20 18:21:16

That phrase beloved by negotiators the world over "at this moment in time" !
What is wrong with "now"?

winterwhite Mon 10-Feb-20 18:38:34


And also certainly curate, as in OP

Maggiemaybe Mon 10-Feb-20 18:40:32

Go bed, go toilet, go with your gut, so he turned round and said....

I’m a right old misery sometimes. smile

Daisymae Mon 10-Feb-20 19:07:47

It is what it is! Seriously what else would it beconfused

Kittye Mon 10-Feb-20 19:28:46

So...I’m like and he’s like ..babe..hun..can I get

harrigran Mon 10-Feb-20 19:30:16

You guys.
Off of.
We was, all toe curling.

bluebirdwsm Mon 10-Feb-20 19:39:57

'If you get me'
'If that makes sense'
'I'm mad, me'
'It's ticking all the boxes'
'Lets think outside the box'...and all the corporate phrases.

All very tired phrases now. They make me squirm.

SalsaQueen Mon 10-Feb-20 19:41:57

My list is incredibly long! The ones I particularly hate, though, are:

"You guys"
"Can I get"
At the end of the day
At this moment in time
Showcased ("she showcased her curves in a little dress")

bluebirdwsm Mon 10-Feb-20 19:43:17

Could of
Should of
Would of

No, it's...could have, should have, would have

What's so difficult about talking properly?

Framilode Mon 10-Feb-20 19:49:51

Floral tribute
getting closure
passed over instead of died
Aah bless

Nortsat46 Mon 10-Feb-20 19:53:09


My partner hates ‘in the final analysis’, which I think I say quite often. ?

NanaandGrampy Mon 10-Feb-20 20:07:37


GrannyLaine Mon 10-Feb-20 20:20:33

Going forward meaning 'in future'
Hubby / Hubs
Bubs meaning baby. This one actually makes me shudder

But I confess to quite liking 'gobsmacked' And gobshite.
(dives for cover....)

sodapop Mon 10-Feb-20 20:22:02

Different to
The wife
Fur baby

phoenix Mon 10-Feb-20 20:52:15

I have posted before about the landlord of a local pub, who when asked "can I get..." Would reply " No you cant, that's my job"!

Luckylegs Mon 10-Feb-20 20:59:57

Still the old faithful - basically.

Grannybags Mon 10-Feb-20 21:06:12

a bit when talking about liquid - should be a drop
off of