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What phrases or things are like nails on a blackboard to you?

jym626jym626 57655 replies3022 threads Senior Member
Just was watching a morning show where Rebel WIlson said she had to do something at “6 am in the morning”. Argh! Thats redundant! 6 am IS the morning! My DH says that occasionally as well. Not sure why, but it grates on me! Certain words being mispronounced is also bothersome. What drives you buggy??
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7570 threads Super Moderator
    In English - not pronouncing the "g" on -ing present participles/gerunds

    In Spanish - not pronouncing the "s" (and to a lesser extent, the "d")
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  • abasketabasket 21276 replies914 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    +1 to "it is what it is".

    "If you know what I mean"

    About having kids - "It will change your life" (said not in a positive way!)

    Also I REALLY hate the term "empty nest". We are not birds! It's a total negative to me.
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  • Mwfan1921Mwfan1921 5337 replies89 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    "Frankly.."
    "Let me be frank..."

    The feel of velvet gives me shivers (similar to walking on crunchy snow/ice, nails on a blackboard)
    edited May 2019
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  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn 41957 replies2268 threads Super Moderator
    @MomofJandL, YES on "suspect!" That would actually be defamatory, I would think, to say a SUSPECT perpetrated a crime. He or she hasn't been found guilty yet!
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  • ScipioScipio 8480 replies478 threads Senior Member
    "Plethora" - a pretentious word that sounds awful to boot
    "Free gift" - redundant
    "Went missing" - an unnecessary British phrase. What's wrong with saying "disappeared?"
    "Different than...." - should be "different from...."
    "Think different" - should have used an adverb not an adjective
    Using "gender" when what they really mean is "sex." This one is getting so common it's pretty much out of control. The sexes are male and female. The genders masculine and feminine.
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  • MomofJandLMomofJandL 2073 replies41 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2019
    Funny, I love "went missing"

    Can't stand to hear "a myriad* of (whatever)"
    [when they mean "plethora"]
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  • TatinGTatinG 7254 replies119 threads Senior Member
    Thing- a ringing phone. With texts and email available, a phone call should be reserved for emergencies.
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