Thursday, November 20, 2008

Top 10 irritating phases in English

The Oxford University has just come out with the list of top ten irritating phrases in English. The phrases appear in a book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework.

The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources.

The top ten most irritating phrases:

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


Mee said...

i can add a few more- a) "playing the devils advocate..." b) "howz life" c) " we got raped"....

Kay said...

what about "no offence, but..."
always the precursor to extreme rudeness and lack of tact. :)