Friday, November 7, 2008

Ten Phrases You Need to Stop Using

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 11/07/2008 No comments
I couldn't agree more with the list of the Top Ten Annoying Phrases, released yesterday by Oxford University Press. Oxford publishes many of the dictionaries we've come to rely on. (I'm sure many of you look up definitions and spellings on the web, but the dictionary is one of the few actual books I still use--I used to keep a dictionary by the bed...TMI?) So needless to say, the Oxford people know what they're doing.

The number one annoying phrase on the list is "At the end of the day." People use that right before they say something they think is profound: "At the end of the day, I can only be responsible for me." I remember seeing a T-shirt that poked fun at the overused phrase. It read: "At the end of the day...nobody cares."

Number eight on the list is one you may use but not realize it's grammatically incorrect. People say "shouldn't of": "I shouldn't of gone over there." Do you realize you're saying "I should not of"? It's supposed to be "shouldn't have."

And one of the worst is "I personally." Who else would "I" be? Arrrrrggggghhhh!

I love words! But please stop using these.


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