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Especially for Jaggy

This one’s for Jaggy! (see comments on today’s post about our least favourite words and phrases)

Your Worst Words and Phrases.

I’ve covered gobbledygook and office speak before, but what are the words and phrases guaranteed to drive you mad? Or are there tings that you find yourself saying that annoy you?

I’ve got one that falls into both categories. I have a tendency to the gratuitous use of ‘basically’. It’s the verbal equivalent of biting your nails or picking your nose. You know you shouldn’t do it but you can’t help yourself. I am also guilty of the odd ‘It’s not rocket science’ although I have modified it to ‘Rocket science it ain’t’ which perhaps makes it worse!

The phrases and words which annoy us most are the subject of a study by boffins at Oxford University. Here is the list with the old football managers’ philosophical quip at number one .

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

Looking down the list, ‘shouldn’t of’ in the place of ‘shouldn’t have’ is another one of my pet hates.

As further research, the Daily Telegraph polled its readers to see what their least favourites were. The retired colonels, merchant bankers and stereotypical Tunbridge Wells reactionaries went for the following:

1 Literally

2 A safe pair of hands

3 I’m gutted

4 Basically

5 Going forward

6 Upcoming

7 Shouldn’t of

8 Up until

9 Neither here not there

10 On a daily basis

Aw naw! I use number 9! – Memo to self (there’s another one!) – stop it!

Anyway readers what are your least favourite words and phrases?