armchair cultural observation since 1995

‘Literally’ annoying phrases

Some Oxford University researchers recently “put their heads together” and compiled a top 10 list of irritating and overused phrases, some grammatically incorrect and others just plain annoying.

The list appears in a new book called “Damp Squid: The English Language Laid Bare.”

Here they are from the home office in Oxford, England.

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

This is only “scratching the surface” of course. “Irregardless,” they “literally” need to be “avoided at all cost.”

Cross-posted at Grammar Sleuth

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