Bugbears #1

Standard

Like many of you, there are many things which cause my neck muscles to spasm and my right eye to develop a rapid tick (ok, maybe you just get gooseflesh). A good deal of these irksome things are words and phrases which for some known or unknown reason, drive me bananas (and not in a good way). I thought it would be a good idea to share some with you every once in a while. Because, hey, we all need to offload our own irritations onto someone else.

I’d be happy to hear your bugbears if you’re so inclined.

In the meantime, here are a few of mine:

1. Teachable moment:  Is Oprah responsible for this overused phrase?

2. Speak to: as in “that book really spoke to my childhood experiences.”

3. On trend: What’s wrong with “trendy”?

4.  ‘pant’ used in the singular:  mainly by fashion commentators who probably know better than I do, but it still sounds annoying to my ears.

5. Different to, as opposed to different from: I mean, can you really differ to something?

6. The use of “I” as a direct object:  e.g. “If you have any questions, please contact Haints or I.” Please, people, do not contact I. I cannot help you, but me is always ready to assist.

6. The word bugbear?

2 responses »

  1. “It is what it is” – Hackneyed and overused.

    “I know, right?!” (Pronounced very fast, like “Inorite?!”) – Usually said by some squeaky-voiced girls, and comes off as rude.

    Example:
    Person 1: “I love your shoes. They’re cute.”
    Person 2: “I know, right?!” (A “thank you” is the more appropriate response.)

    Adding “kind of” and “sort of” between every other word.

    Example:
    “We need to sort of go to the grocery store and kind of buy a few things.” ACK!

    “Actually” is another one that’s similar to the “kind of/sort of” nonsense, but I’m guilty of that one. I want to disabuse myself of it, stat!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s