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Your answer to annoying sayings

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starbird Sun 09-Dec-18 01:57:04

There is a thread of words and sayings we find annoying - how about suggesting a good response to them all?

For example - if a friend said to me ‘it was like raining ...’
I could say in all innocence - ‘ oh do you mean it was hail, or sleet or snow... or was someone pouring a watering can over you? “

PamelaJ1 Sun 09-Dec-18 07:24:22

I used to ask good at what? When the response to my question ‘how are you’ was ‘I’m good’.
Given up now and have accepted that language evolves, or regresses.

cavewoman Sun 09-Dec-18 07:58:00

Well, at the end of the day

......"It gets dark"

Grannyknot Sun 09-Dec-18 08:09:56

I won't admit to it being very annoying (because people use it a lot) ... but when someone says "I'm afraid...e.g. "I'm afraid we don't open until 11" - I have to suppress replying "It's nothing to be afraid of!"

In Pointless, Alexander Armstrong always says it to the losing couple - "I'm afraid it's you". Such an odd saying!

Or the other one "Bear with me..." I want to say "Where's the bear!?" Or, "Are you in labour?" grin

Oakleaf Sun 09-Dec-18 09:12:35

On a recent Would I Lie To You, Rob Bryon said to David Mitchell, "You won't mind me saying this ..." and David's response was, "Won't I? I wondered what I was feeling."

Call centre assistant: "Can I have your name please?"
Me: "Ann Jones."
Call centre assistant: "No problem."

Call centre assistant: "And your address?"
Me: "10 Acacia Avenue."
Call centre assistant: "No problem."
Me: "No, it really isn't."
Call centre assistant: "Huh?"

mabon1 Sun 09-Dec-18 10:57:47

When people answer "I'm good" to "How are you?" My response is "Good at what?"

Juliet27 Sun 09-Dec-18 10:59:11

I recently booked a holiday....gave my date of birth and the assistant said 'amazing'. I said 'what, that I'm still alive?'
I suppose amazing makes a change from 'fantastic' when you give details.

Rosina Sun 09-Dec-18 11:00:14

I have to smile at 'No offence meant...' from someone who then proceeds to be horribly blunt or very rude. No offence meant but plenty taken, usually!

moobox Sun 09-Dec-18 11:02:08

I am not very keen on "I believe you have been in a road traffic accident recently that was not your fault?"

Disgruntled Sun 09-Dec-18 11:03:51

I have a friend who teaches in a drama school and whenever her students say "I'm good" she says "I'm not the slightest bit interested in you morals".
But I like "Good at what" Mabon1

Candelle Sun 09-Dec-18 11:04:23

My bete noir is the current parlance of 'See you later' when I am parting from their company and will definitely not be seeing them later.

How about 'Really? When?', or 'Have we arranged to meet later', or even 'I must have forgotten we arranged to meet later'.

I suppose I have to accept PamelaJ1's assertion that language evolves and I am not evolving fast enough not to be annoyed!

David1968 Sun 09-Dec-18 11:06:25

"Like"......A virgin? (With acknowledgments to Madonna.)

helenmabr Sun 09-Dec-18 11:11:54

Oh yes! PamelaJ1 nothing drives me more nuts than people saying ‘good’ instead of ‘well’

GabriellaG Sun 09-Dec-18 11:11:58

Yes...I've had that one. angry

phoenix Sun 09-Dec-18 11:12:18

The landlord at our local, if someone asked "Can I get...." Would reply " No you can't, that's my job"

Sparklefizz Sun 09-Dec-18 11:13:52

On a recent Would I Lie To You, Rob Bryon said to David Mitchell, "You won't mind me saying this ..." and David's response was, "Won't I? I wondered what I was feeling."

Love it, oakleaf. Wish I could think that quickly!

Theresamb Sun 09-Dec-18 11:14:59

I get really irritated when people repeatedly add a particular word to many sentences. For example I have a friend and there is a tv presenter I see a lot who both add the word ‘obviously’ to everything they say. I want to say ‘no it’s not obvious to me’ or ‘ why do you think it’s obvious?’
I was watching the presenter do a a show and within 30 minutes I lost count at 50+ repeats of the word.

Sparklefizz Sun 09-Dec-18 11:17:59

When I was 12, I was asked to take a message to a teacher who was in the middle of a class.

I was nervous and shy enough as it was to interrupt the class and pass on the message in front of 30 other girls, but wanted a big hole to open up under me when I said

"Mrs C says can you go to her office."

and the teacher replied

"I can, but will I?"

I had no idea what she was talking about at the time but have never forgotten the red-faced embarrassment at standing there while everyone giggled.

sunseeker Sun 09-Dec-18 11:23:58

*Candelle" My brother always ends his phone calls with "see you later" - he lives in Australia and I haven't seen him for almost 4 years - I am tempted to ask him what time his plane lands!

Megs36 Sun 09-Dec-18 11:24:44 this new!!! Count this sometimes, mainly young people I think.

Blinko Sun 09-Dec-18 11:33:42

Pedants' Corner, anyone?

sodapop Sun 09-Dec-18 11:42:14

And therein lies the problem Sparklefizz I am never thinking quickly enough for a riposte.

inishowen Sun 09-Dec-18 11:46:37

Here in Ireland people put "wee" in front of a lot of words. "What's your wee name", "would you like a wee bag for that", "just put your wee card in the machine". I find it quite endearing.

BRedhead59 Sun 09-Dec-18 11:57:29

"Kind of" is driving me mad - Hope I don't start kind of saying it.

razzmatazz Sun 09-Dec-18 12:02:58

This is just grammar but when people say He/I was sat....... It is NOT 'was sat' . it is 'was SITTING'.

I could SCREAM .