Thursday, June 26, 2008

Irksome phrases

There are certain phrases that Americans have been using lately, that are annoying. One of the most common ones is the use of the word like. "It's like raining out". Well, is it raining or isn't it?
Then there is "ya know?" "It's like, ya know, raining out". No I don't know, tell me about it.
But the one that seems to be in every sentance is the word basically. (I don't think I need to put that in a sentance for you). When did this word become such an important part of our everyday speech.
If you don't believe me, just watch Judge Judy or The Peoples Court and count how many times they use these words.
Have you noticed a word or expression that has creeped into our language and just annoys the beejeebees out of you?

2 comments:

Archaic Dome said...

Here are some of mine:

Supposebly, probally, saying ave instead of pronouncing avenue (e.g., Seventh Ave), saying "my sister and myself" while trying to sound more intelligent than you are (when, in reality, you'd sound much more intelligent using the correct "my sister and I"), and the phrase 'pet peeve.'

I'm already crochety. :)

bingo~bonnie said...

Honestly, I haven't noticed much as I don’t' watch a lot of TV during the day....

and that was an example of a word my husband now uses ALL of the time "honestly" - really? So tell me dear husband, when you don’t begin your sentences with "honestly" does that mean you are lying to me? It is so annoying! Something he picked up at work when we moved here 3 years ago and I’ve been working on breaking him from this for the past 3 years!!!

Funny post Zizzy – I will try and be a better observer in conversations to see what else comes up that bugs me ;c) Love from Texas! ~bonnie