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    LONDON - At the end of the day, it's the most irritating cliche in the English language. So says the Plain English Campaign which said the abused and overused phrase was first in a poll of most annoying cliches.

    Second place went to "at this moment in time," and third to the constant use of "like," as if it were a form of punctuation. "With all due respect" came fourth.

    "When readers or listeners come across these tired expressions, they start tuning out and completely miss the message — assuming there is one," said Plain English Campaign spokesman John Lister.

    "Using these terms in daily business is about as professional as wearing a novelty tie or having a wacky ring-tone on your phone."

    Lister said people should follow the 1946 advice of writer George Orwell: "Never use a metaphor, simile, or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print."

    The Plain English Campaign, which offers annual awards for good use of the language, surveyed its 5,000 supporters in more than 70 countries for the poll.

    Other terms that received multiple nominations included: 24/7; absolutely; address the issue; around (in place of about); awesome; ballpark figure; basically; basis ("on a weekly basis" in place of "weekly" and so on); bear with me; between a rock and a hard place; bottom line; crack troops; glass half full (or half empty); I hear what you're saying; in terms of; it's not rocket science; literally; move the goal-posts; ongoing; prioritize; pushing the envelope; singing from the same hymn sheet; the fact of the matter is; thinking outside the box; to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest and touch base.

    Formed in 1979, the Plain English Campaign is an independent group that campaigns against cliches, jargon and obfuscation, particularly in official and public documents.
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  • #2
    That's hilarious Gonz. I would also like to add, "Suffice to say" and "for all intents and purposes." Both of which I am guilty of using

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    • #3
      Lets take this english language Just one day at a time
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      • #4
        In England, "Having said that" would finish in the money too.

        The most irritating word in England (and the most over-used) is the word, "actually."

        I once went into a shoe store on Kensington High Street and asked a guy if they carried Churchill shoes.

        His answer was, "Actually we don't carry actual Churchill's"

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        • #5
          Lets take this english language Just one day at a time
          Jack always leaves it all on the field.
          His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
          Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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          • #6
            I like some of these terms "irregardless" of what any of you think.
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            • #7
              Simply stated and Moi should be there.

              heck anything Hadley says are annoying anyway.

              han solo

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              • #8
                That poll is so two weeks ago.

                Don't go there, girlfriend.
                But wait. There is something that can be done afterall. My good friend Angelo is a cop in the Tampa/Clearwater area. Since I kept all of the files from the access logs when I had the power to see them, guess what, I have everyone's IP addresses. Hmm..what can I do w/ those??
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                • #9
                  "Think outside the box" fries me. What fucking box? There is no box.

                  For a single word, it's "counterintuitive". What people really mean when they say something's counterintuitive is they're stupid because they don't understand the way things ought to work. I feel like saying "no it's not, just think a little harder and it will all become very intuitive."

                  I've never understood:

                  "the world is his/her oyster"
                  "caricature of himself/herself"
                  "catch as catch can"

                  All three came from the idiots in my ex-wife's family. JJ.

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                  • #10
                    "caricature of himself/herself"
                    I'll take a stab at this one, Jack. But I thought it was "parody". Anyway...

                    Mick Jagger comes to mind. So does Chris Berman.
                    His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
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                    • #11
                      That's where I get hung up--is there such thing as a cliche of a cliche? JJ.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jack jones@Mar 24 2004, 02:45 PM
                        For a single word, it's "counterintuitive". What people really mean when they say something's counterintuitive is they're stupid because they don't understand the way things ought to work. I feel like saying "no it's not, just think a little harder and it will all become very intuitive."

                        Hilarious.

                        My word, probably a product of the 90s--"proactive." Not even sure that is a word. For every proaction, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
                        I'm always right.

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                        • #13
                          "Closure" blechh..
                          Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law ~

                          A.C.

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                          • #14
                            Writing "dribble" instead of "drivel"

                            Not really a cliche -- just annoying as all get out (my personal fave).
                            His mind is not for rent, to any god or government.
                            Pointless debate is what we do here -- lvr

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                            • #15
                              This thread "literally" sucks.
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