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‘I WOULD SAY’! It’s just so silly.

(165 Posts)
ayse Tue 19-May-20 18:39:35

This phrase really annoys me! They could just say what they wanted instead of using this ridiculous phrase. To me, it’s like ‘squaring the circle’ (impossible)!

Are there any phrases that other find equally irritating. I’d like to put them in Room 101 but that’s a different thread!

lemongrove Tue 19-May-20 18:49:53

I would say so 😃.....acceptable, surely?

grannyrebel7 Tue 19-May-20 18:58:03

As it were and my real hate atm (see previous post) ramping up! I've heard it 13 times today! Arrrrggghhhh!

Blinko Tue 19-May-20 18:59:44

Agree, 'Ramping up' is the Government's go-to expression right now. Makes it sound as though they're doing something...

MadCatWoman1 Tue 19-May-20 19:36:47

"Ramping up" and "rolling it out" irritate me. My most hated phrase, though, is "No problem" when said to me by someone I've thanked for doing their job!

FarNorth Tue 19-May-20 19:53:36

"bring it in line with....X".
Usually X is only loosely connected with whatever is to be brought in line.

I never liked "How do you do". It seems to have waned nowadays.

BBbevan Tue 19-May-20 20:48:49

I dislike 'back story'. What is wrong with history?

Chewbacca Tue 19-May-20 21:02:35

Issues. Nobody has problems anymore, they all have issues.

Nortsat Tue 19-May-20 21:47:06

‘Reach out’.
Or ‘you’ve reached out to me ...’

Er no, I have contacted you, or phoned or emailed you ...

Gingster Tue 19-May-20 22:05:18

When asked a question youngsters always start with ..... so. ie. where do you work answered by so I work in London. 🙄

annep1 Tue 19-May-20 22:17:49

Bavk in the day

My bad (!grr)

Grammaretto Tue 19-May-20 23:17:01

I agree about so as the favourite opening. gingster but it's an irrational irritation.
Is it worse than Er or Well or Um?

sodapop Wed 20-May-20 09:15:58

And the inevitable "lessons will be learned" when clearly they never are.

Chewbacca Wed 20-May-20 09:18:47

"My bad" has got to be the most stupid, nonsensical phrase ever. Really irritating.

ninathenana Wed 20-May-20 09:20:39

"Been on a journey"

Alexa Wed 20-May-20 09:21:37

People do insert all manner of meaningless fillers. They fear coming across as too overbearing , unfriendly, or know-it-all.

Nortsat Wed 20-May-20 09:22:51

Chewie I agree ‘my bad’ is utterly ridiculous...

I don’t even know how it could have come into usage ...

helgawills Wed 20-May-20 09:29:17

At this moment in time

dizzygran Wed 20-May-20 09:33:17

"kicking the can down the road - hate that one - used by lazy politicians mostly!!!

Essex59 Wed 20-May-20 09:36:15

The government is doing something, they are tackling a pandemic 🙄

Moggycuddler Wed 20-May-20 09:37:20

Another vote for "my bad". And people (usually young) who say "soz" for sorry.

dragonfly46 Wed 20-May-20 09:45:14

I have not heard 'my bad' - who uses that?
I must have led a sheltered life!

inishowen Wed 20-May-20 09:46:21

Laters when they mean bye bye

Bluesindy1 Wed 20-May-20 09:47:46

When I worked in Local Government you could guarantee whenever management had been on yet another 'awayday' they would be quoting new buzzwords, the ones that spring to mind are 'blue sky thinking', 'thinking outside the box', 'singing from the same hymn sheet' and the latest one 'going forward' Arrgghh!! ;)

Supernan Wed 20-May-20 09:51:27

When politicians say “let’s be clear”. You know they are going to be anything but.