Top Ten Irritating Phrases

November 10, 2008

Some researchers at Oxford University have released a list of what they consider to be the top ten irritating phrases. Here is their list:

1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science
Some of them are grammatically incorrect (like #8), some are redundant (like #3 and #4), and some are just not accurate (#2 and #5). Some of them make the list because the researchers seem to feel that the phrase is overused. As Jeremy Butterfield explained:
We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often--an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism--and the same seems to happen with some language.
We probably all have our own list of phrases we find irritating. Any other nominations?