HI GUYS. AS I WAS pondering what to write, my Inbox alerted me to the latest post by HuffPost contributor, Zoe Triska. Titled, "The Phrase That Makes You Sound Like A Loser," it is a sure bet and will likely get scads of hits and comments.
Ms. Triska is all about words and pop culture. Fun stuff, but relevant stuff too. And the feedback she receives is often more informative than the post itself.
We can all relate to the overuse of the words, "like," or "WHATev-ver," (and a roll of the eyes and a stomp of the foot). How about the terms, "Just sayin'" or "I'm SO over him/it"?
Well there is balance in everything, right? We should use care when judging others over their lexical misuse and lighten up our Grammar Nazi tendencies. We need to see the context behind the message and think back to the days when we were young and naive and uneducated. (I still am on many things.)
But we'll save the high road for later, okay? Right now, I'm wondering, what are your Communication Peeves? Overused words? Erroneous idioms? Superfluous sentences? Please share. Let's have some fun.
~*~ I'll start ~*~
- Revert back: is oh so redundant.
- Self-pity is a loathsome term. It's a symptom of something deeper. Always!
- Hearing, "No problem" when you thank someone. How about "you're welcome" or "glad to help"?
- "A group of individuals" No kidding, I saw this in writing once. (It still makes me laugh.)
- "Besides" and "Anyways" these just crack me up. Why add that 's' on the end? It ain't proper.
- "You know" or "I don't know" used as filler when speaking. I'm guilty of this. Silence would be better.
- "The thing is, is..." is more humorous reduncancy.
- "Alright." This is not proper. It's all right--two words! But already is okay. :)
- Rather than saying "goodbye" someone says, "Have a good one." A good what? I got over that after I grew up.
So, now it's your turn. Do tell.