Meaningless things that annoy you
I am not sure why, but I cannot STAND the email signature "Best." It's only found purchase in the past 5-7 years, I'd say.
Whenever I get an email signed off "Best" I see the sender as someone who thoughtlessly follows trends. There are several better signatures (including, I would say, "Best Regards") that are far less obnoxious to me.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||10/17/2020|
Buzz words and phrases like “wheelhouse”. I never heard it before and suddenly it was all over the place in business speak. I had to look up what a wheelhouse was.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||10/11/2020|
OP It was widely used in the 1980s, like 40 years ago. I still use it sometimes when I don't want to be neither formal nor too friendly.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||10/11/2020|
People who just hate Trump or Russians. They're silent about China.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||10/11/2020|
I hate “I’m sorry for your loss.” Whenever I hear it, I think of some bitchy teenage girl being forced to apologize/sympathize when she doesn’t mean it.
I could swear it’s a phrase that has become more widely used in the last 15 years or so. I don’t remember it earlier than that.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||10/11/2020|
Granular or granularity. Whatever the word is, I don't care. First time I heard that in an office meeting, I laughed. The person saying was a pretentious asshole to start with so this only made matters worse. Then I started seeing people using granular, on TV especially and thought this is another trend.
|by Anonymous||reply 5||10/11/2020|
I agree, OP - that's a stupid email signature, and I see it a lot in my company as well.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||10/11/2020|
I had when people say that someone "passed." They're dead.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||10/11/2020|
People sitting next to you on public transport when there are other seats available. Like, why am I so irresistible to you, you loon? Made worse if they want to chat.
The bus is full but NOBODY sits next to you. There's nothing more ego-deflating in the world! Do I smell? Do I look like a criminal? Did I fart and not hear it? Am I just a bundle of hatefulness??
|by Anonymous||reply 9||10/11/2020|
That’s fucking hilarious r9.
From one extreme to the other.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||10/11/2020|
People who say "I'm like." You're LIKE?
"I'm like, are you kidding me? and she's like, no, I'm not!"
|by Anonymous||reply 11||10/11/2020|
Incorrect use of the word paradigm.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||10/11/2020|
Can you give an example, r12?
I’m hoping I’m not guilty of it.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||10/11/2020|
People who come and park right next to me when there's plenty of parking all around.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||10/11/2020|
People who say "I, myself..."
|by Anonymous||reply 15||10/11/2020|
R14 That is my husband's biggest pet peeve!
|by Anonymous||reply 16||10/11/2020|
People who cannot put down their telephones. I was trying to assist a customer who would not stop talking on her phone. I had to ask her several questions that she could not answer immediately so I had to repeat each question. I grew tired of this and closed her customer profile screen. I then motioned to the next customer to step forward. The telephone lady had a shocked look on her face but she continued her phone conversation. I did assist her after she finished her phone call and she was quite snippy. I hate it for you, Darling, but my time is important and the other customer's time is important. I'm not going to make them wait while you do things that are obviously more important to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||10/11/2020|
[quote]I had when people say that someone "passed." They're dead.
r7 maybe they passed a slow-moving Winnebago.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||10/11/2020|
From personal experience I would rather have someone say “sorry for your loss” then say “your loved one is now in a better place.”
|by Anonymous||reply 19||10/11/2020|
R19 I agree. Those grieving do not typically feel that way at that moment.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||10/11/2020|
I have no problem with sorry for your loss.
It beats the hell out of, “so, when are you going to start dating again?”
|by Anonymous||reply 21||10/11/2020|
I hate, hate, hate, HATE non-Brits, who sign emails with "Cheers!"
|by Anonymous||reply 22||10/11/2020|
I know Americans who do this as well r22
|by Anonymous||reply 23||10/11/2020|
[quote] The bus is full but NOBODY sits next to you. There's nothing more ego-deflating in the world! Do I smell? Do I look like a criminal? Did I fart and not hear it? Am I just a bundle of hatefulness??
I found this to be the case in Japan. On the train, nobody wanted to sit next to the white guy. I ended up standing a lot because I felt guilty.
Other than people who can't seem to figure out their nose goes UNDER the mask, I get driven to distraction by people who walk their dogs with retractable leashes and are too busy on their phones to notice the dog has wandered over to the opposite side of the sidewalk and now the leash cord is stretched across the walkway. Walking in the city is hazardous enough without having to step over your dog's tautly-pulled leash.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||10/11/2020|
R23 “I’ll take a triple espresso ASAP!”
|by Anonymous||reply 25||10/11/2020|
Someone said this to me and I was like, “isn’t that too granular a criticism? I mean like, get a life!”
|by Anonymous||reply 26||10/11/2020|
People who use "preventative" to make something sound important, when "preventive" has the same meaning.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||10/11/2020|
For me it is the breeziness of "passed" that is annoying. Abbreviating, "Best wishes" to "Best" is not an assault on human dignity, but abbreviating "passed away" to "passed" is.
You do not hear anyone abbreviating "passed gas," but abbreviating is fine when it is about someone's mortality?
|by Anonymous||reply 29||10/11/2020|
R4 I was gonna write the same thing. Especially in TV drama. These writers have no imagination.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||10/11/2020|
I think the phrase shows up in TV drama because it is the kind of non-committal expression of sympathy that professionals are trained to make to people they encounter in the course of their work duties.
However, people are now imitating it in personal relationships where it sounds very cold and unfeeling.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||10/11/2020|
people who say "utilize" instead of "use."
|by Anonymous||reply 32||10/11/2020|
People who add "right?" at the end of every other sentence.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||10/11/2020|
People who say "That's not my forte", and pronounce it "FOR tay", as in the musical notation. Its just plain old "FORT."
Stop trying to sound piss elegant.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||10/11/2020|
"Thoughts and prayers" and "There are no words" have both become overused.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||10/11/2020|
R34, both pronunciations are actually accurate.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||10/11/2020|
"Surreal" is the most overused word in this century.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||10/11/2020|
I’m on another forum that has mostly brits on it and all they do is shit on “the septics.” “Passed” is a major stick they use to beat Americans with in their bigoted rants.
Yet when one of them died, and they were incredibly broken up about it, it was “passed, passed, passed!” It was hilarious but I didn’t point out the rank hypocrisy because I would have been instantly banned.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||10/11/2020|
Actually it's fortE, with a hard e at the end. The word is Italian and obviously means strength. "Fort" is completely wrong.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||10/11/2020|
Given that about 80% of the word-related emails I get are signed off with "Best" OP must be in high dudgeon on a regular basis.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||10/11/2020|
Though "word-related" is a sort of funny typo
|by Anonymous||reply 42||10/11/2020|
WimbleTon....pundiNt....verse instead of versus. Unfortunately all of these have caught on.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||10/11/2020|
If it's meaningless things, why can they bother you? They should mean nothing to you. Relax, OP, your cunt is too clenched.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||10/11/2020|
Actually, FOR-tay is an acceptable pronunciation
|by Anonymous||reply 45||10/11/2020|
Wearing a suit sans socks. Disgusting.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||10/11/2020|
I'd rather wear no socks than wear a suit.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||10/11/2020|
I got one, I got one!
When English and American people (but especially Brits) unironically say Barthelona and Ibitha.
That actually makes me laugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||10/11/2020|
I've never heard anyone pronounce "forte" as "fort." That must be a regional thing.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||10/11/2020|
When people sign off with "God bless." I'm not a religious person, so whenever I hear this, I'm slightly taken aback and respond, "Uh, okay... thank you." Do they expect a "God bless" back?
|by Anonymous||reply 51||10/11/2020|
KEY TAKEAWAY: Eldergays have a high number of triggers. Hence all the hissing.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||10/11/2020|
The dreaded glottal stop, along with glottal fry.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||10/11/2020|
I will never, ever understand the need to audibly yawn with dramatics. I have to force myself to not engage in the Fight of Fight or Flight every time. My partner's family, sans him, all do this, and it would seem it is because they desperately need attention over how tired they are.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||10/11/2020|
Oh r55, have you spent 12 minutes on a whiny reddit page full of teens-20 somethings? RuPaul's drag race subs are full of things that annoy them, but you may have to wear ear plugs against all of the shrieking.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||10/11/2020|
R36, et al:
The word forte (pronounced “fort”) is a French word meaning “strength” that is used in English to refer to one’s talent or ability.
Example: English is my forte.
This word is often mispronounced “FOR-tay” because it is confused with the Italian word forte (pronounced “FOR-tay”). The words are spelled the same but have different pronunciations and meanings. If you play a musical instrument, you will probably recognize the Italian word as a term meaning “loud.” When referring to ability, the correct pronunciation is “fort,” but in music, it is always “FOR-tay.”
|by Anonymous||reply 59||10/11/2020|
R34 they are different. FOR-tay is used only in music.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||10/11/2020|
R19 Agree and they usually follow “he’s in a better place” with “and I really believe that...” um, okay but who are you trying to convince?
|by Anonymous||reply 61||10/11/2020|
In English when there are two "c's," the first "c" takes a K sound. Think of Success. Most people mispronounce Flaccid as FLA-sid. it's FLAK-sid.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||10/11/2020|
That horrible Silver Singles commercial, when she says “I wanted to get back into dating again...” like it’s a sport or something.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||10/11/2020|
(R34) How often do you hear people say this?
|by Anonymous||reply 64||10/11/2020|
This may be shocking to some of you, but pronunciation changes over time.
When I was younger, I knew a number of people born between 1910 and 1930 who pronounced "beautiful" "beauty-ful"
|by Anonymous||reply 66||10/11/2020|
R56 uh yes. There are these young women at work that pronounce Button "buh-EN" and Martin "Mut-EN"
I SERIOUSLY WANT TO PUNCH THEM IN THE THROAT!
|by Anonymous||reply 67||10/11/2020|
Cashiers being required to ask "Did you find everything you were looking for?"
WHY would anyone wait until checkout to ask where an item they are looking for is located or if the store carries it? There are associates in the aisles and Customer Service Desks for this.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||10/11/2020|
When I am, watching a show, usually a sitcom, and every single space in their home is taken up with meaningless, useless stuff. Counters do not have a square inch of free space (often cupboards are not full but they have spice canisters and cereal boxes on the counter). Fake flowers next to lamps that would never be used, dozens of framed photos on the table, a few of the kids framed photos next to the bed on the nightstand. etc. no one has that much junk.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||10/11/2020|
People who actually want China to replace America (and more broadly, the west) as THE superpower.
People who post "looking gorg", short for gorgeous, on peoples pictures who are clearly ugly.
The slurping noises my dog makes when he drinks his water bowl.
Foreigners with major cognitive dissonance. They are virulent nationalists when it comes to their home countries but they suddenly become liberals and "woke" when they move to the west---while still being nationalistic about their home countries.
White people who listen to rap music obsessively, try to copy the lingo but are huge raging conservatives who are anti-black. WTF is up with that?!
People who don't wear deodorant
People who smell like spices
People who spell like spices plus BO.
Hair all over the bathroom floor, toilet or in the corners of rooms.
OK, not all of these things are meaningless, but oh well.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||10/11/2020|
The fact that "No problem" has replaced "You're welcome" to everyone under forty-five.
It's shabby, dumb, and actually sort of rude.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||10/11/2020|
No problem is much better than "no worries".
|by Anonymous||reply 72||10/11/2020|
Among the other vocabulary used incorrectly, I hate when people misuse the word "antithesis" as meaning "the example of". It actually means the opposite of something.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||10/11/2020|
Drivers who don’t use the turn signal.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||10/11/2020|
People who use antiquated phrases like “found purchase”.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||10/11/2020|
I hate the word "optics" and it's so overused in the workplace. It always makes the self satisfied person who says it feel like they made some grand proclamation of how something looks.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||10/11/2020|
I hate the word "optics" and it's so overused in the workplace. It always makes the self satisfied person who says it feel like they made some grand proclamation of how something looks.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||10/11/2020|
I will never ever except well wishes, as in “I received a lot of well wishes for my birthday.”
Confusing old-fashioned and old-school. There is something admirable in being old-school but old-fashioned is just not moving with the times.
“You do you,” and “You got this.”
I am with you R71. Saying “no problem” means that the person helping you did not find you obnoxious. “No worries” is less irksome but still too casual.
“Between you and I” — too much of a jerk move to correct but it really grates on me.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||10/11/2020|
Dangers of dictating a response — *accept*
|by Anonymous||reply 79||10/11/2020|
"I can't even".
You can't even WHAT, fuckwad?
|by Anonymous||reply 80||10/11/2020|
“Pivot”, like all corporate buzzwords, came from nowhere and is now EVERYWHERE.
The expression “in and of itself” - verbal and written Hamburger Helper.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||10/11/2020|
Why are you obsessed with China, r70? So weird.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||10/11/2020|
[quote]Whenever I get an email signed off "Best" I see the sender as someone who thoughtlessly follows trends.
OP: I agree. So I've started ending my emails with "Be Best!" It usually brings a chuckle.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||10/11/2020|
New buzzword - inflection point. Where did that come from?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||10/11/2020|
Agree with OP. Best reminds me of “be best.”
|by Anonymous||reply 85||10/11/2020|
[quote] I will never, ever understand the need to audibly yawn with dramatics. My partner's family, sans him, all do this, and it would seem it is because they desperately need attention over how tired they are.
I think they’re desperately trying to tell you they’re bored in your presence.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||10/11/2020|
R68, Here in the Boston area, CVS cashiers are instructed to ask "Do you want a bag?", even if you're purchasing multiple items.
STAPLES is worse. Not only do customers get "Do you want a bag?", they also get "Do you want your receipt?".
|by Anonymous||reply 87||10/11/2020|
R87, did you perhaps misspeak? I don’t get this:
[quote] CVS cashiers are instructed to ask "Do you want a bag?", even if you're purchasing multiple items.
It’s precisely when I’m buying multiple items I think the offer of a bag is appropriate.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||10/11/2020|
"Found purchase" is pretty awful.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||10/11/2020|
That one idiot in every Zoom meeting or group work chat that constantly asks inane questions.
|by Anonymous||reply 90||10/11/2020|
^^Especially when those inane questions come at the end, have essentially been addressed in the meeting, and make the meeting go 20 minutes longer than absolutely necessary.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||10/11/2020|
I don't mind "So sorry for your loss." Most of us are at a loss of words at moments like this.
I was at a wake once, and a woman came up to the widow of the man who had died and said to her, "Well, now you're in the club." The widow looked at her as if she had two heads and said, "Well, it's one I'd rather not be in."
I live alone now, but I remember when a messed up newspaper would annoy me. Really asinine, because it would be so nice to have someone around in whom I'd get annoyed by the meaningless things like that he did.
|by Anonymous||reply 92||10/11/2020|
I avoid using cliches. For instance, R39 mentioned "you got this" seems to be used way too often. I agree. I once worked near someone who used cliches almost exclusively when she spoke. Such as:
Here we go again Better luck next time Back atcha Working hard or hardly working TGIF
|by Anonymous||reply 94||10/11/2020|
Ops - forgot to list the phases above
|by Anonymous||reply 95||10/11/2020|
"Robust." It used to be used only in coffee commercials. Now it is corporate buzzspeak.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||10/11/2020|
[quote] Why are you obsessed with China, [R70]? So weird.
I mentioned it once, wtf are you talking about?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||10/11/2020|
[quote] The fact that "No problem" has replaced "You're welcome" to everyone under forty-five
I used to do retail training and I would instruct my classes NEVER to let me hear them say 'No Problem'.
"My pleasure', "You're welcome", even the somewhat stuffy 'Not at all', were okay, but if I heard 'No problem' during the week I was in their store, they'd be hearing about it. It still drives me crazy when I hear it.
I also spent a miserable part of my career training at Blockbuster Video. I noticed that customers would bristle when the cashier said 'The computer says you have unpaid late fees'. so I asked them to say 'Our records show you have some late fees which have not been paid'.
I guess I was trying to conjure up an image of a kindly old gray-haired woman, meticulously keeping the ledger in the back room rather than some faceless IBM mainframe back in Dallas. For whatever reason, people responded much more positively to that phrase.
|by Anonymous||reply 98||10/11/2020|
I don't understand all the dislike of "No problem." The lead-up to "no problem" is that someone in a service job probably did something satisfactory for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||10/11/2020|
R99 - a couple of reasons... 1. It's not a complete sentence.
2. No one said the thing was a problem. Someone said thank you. If someone said, "'I'm sorry to be a problem." and the response was, "Oh, it's no problem." That would make sense. But dullards are saying 'no problem' in reply to thank you.
|by Anonymous||reply 100||10/11/2020|
[quote]1. It's not a complete sentence.
|by Anonymous||reply 101||10/11/2020|
I understand the context, R100. "No problem" can be a sentence as can "You're welcome."
My point was that when you say "Thank you" and the other person says "no problem," you probably received just something of value, no matter how small.
|by Anonymous||reply 102||10/11/2020|
R71, no problem, no worries, don't mention it, it was nothing, all mean the same thing and is preferable to the pat response "you're welcome," which has fallen out of favor with English language teachers.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||10/11/2020|
R102 I fully understand the intent. But, this thread is about meaningless things that annoy us. When I haven't told someone "I'm sorry I created a problem for you," yet they still say "no problem" when I've said "thank you," it's annoying - not the end of the world, but a meaningless thing that annoys me.
|by Anonymous||reply 104||10/11/2020|
R103 and all those phrases are equally stupid.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||10/11/2020|
What's wrong with "You're welcome" and who are these English teachers it has fallen out of favor with?
|by Anonymous||reply 106||10/11/2020|
English with Lucy also thinks "you're welcome" is overused.
|by Anonymous||reply 107||10/11/2020|
"Of course" as a response to thank you is also annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 108||10/11/2020|
Understood, R104. I just see posters, in lots of different thread, complaining about "no problem." I've worked in service (restaurants / hotels), so, I'm probably sensitive to customers acting like assholes even if you just did something for them.
|by Anonymous||reply 111||10/11/2020|
I detest people who use the term "purchase," as in, "It's only found purchase in the past 5-7 years, I'd say."
THERE'S a tedious cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 112||10/11/2020|
I think the "of course" and "no problem" thing has gained popularity as America got less monolinguistic. In the Romance languages, for example, the traditional way of saying thank you is usually a variation of one of these two.
Spanish and Portuguese: "de nada" - translates literally into "It's nothing" aka "No problem." Italian: "Prego" which also loosely translates as "not a problem" French: "De rien" is "it's nothing"
It's telling the person there's no need to be grateful, because you weren't put out at all. I don't personally find it rude at all, but that's just me.
|by Anonymous||reply 113||10/11/2020|
R112 How have I not ever heard that phrase. What is it even supposed to mean?
|by Anonymous||reply 114||10/11/2020|
I fucking hate "no joy" to mean "it didn't work." It's something white Boomer men love saying while problem-solving. "I tried that already, but no joy."
|by Anonymous||reply 115||10/11/2020|
"What's your damage" kind of annoys me.
|by Anonymous||reply 116||10/11/2020|
R116, I haven't heard that phrase since Heathers.
|by Anonymous||reply 117||10/11/2020|
I am a white boomer man, r115, and I have never heard "no joy" before. Not even once.
Fuck some "no problem" cunt gently with a chain saw, r116.
|by Anonymous||reply 118||10/11/2020|
I didn't say that all white Boomer men said it, R118, just that the only people who say it are white older men. You hear it a lot among corporate middle managers, for example. Not everything is about you.
|by Anonymous||reply 119||10/11/2020|
to me, that's always meant talent agency, but people use it to mean "action or intervention, especially such as to produce a particular effect."
Having suffered the loss of a parent this year (thanks TRUMP!), I'm tired of 'may her memory be a blessing'.
|by Anonymous||reply 120||10/11/2020|
R98’s post proves it’s not what you say but how you say it that makes a difference.
|by Anonymous||reply 121||10/11/2020|
"It's nothing" is not the same thing as "no problem."
The former minimizes the effort being thanked quaintly. The latter assures the recipient being thanked that they did not find the action performed to be a problem. It is quite two different things, and the people who fail to understand the difference embody the crudeness of those in public today who insist on offending others because they are too stupidly lazy and selfish to do otherwise.
|by Anonymous||reply 123||10/11/2020|
R115 weird I have never once heard someone say "no joy." I wonder if it's a regional thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 124||10/11/2020|
R124 I got curious and looked it up. Apparently "no joy" was originally a British WW2-era aviation call which meant "the enemy wasn't in sight yet" or "I wasn't able to establish contact." It was subsequently coopted by American military people, and cops, firemen and other first responders, and also wannabes and American ex military brats born after WW2, also use it to mean an attempt at something was unsuccessful.
So my observation that it's mostly older American white guys who use the term and the reason why it's so fucking annoying were both totally justified and correct.
|by Anonymous||reply 125||10/11/2020|
“May I help who’s next?” bugs me. It just doesn’t sound right, though I guess it’s technically proper English.
|by Anonymous||reply 126||10/11/2020|
Pubes left on the bar of soap. I find it rude.
|by Anonymous||reply 127||10/11/2020|
People who don't pay attention to hogging up the whole g.d. sidewalk.
|by Anonymous||reply 128||10/11/2020|
"Thinking outside the box", I've always found that expression excruciating.
Not meaningless, but gross, people with terrible hygiene. If you have access to a shower and soap, there's no excuse to reek.
|by Anonymous||reply 129||10/11/2020|
More corporate buzz-shit-speak:
“I’ll take carriage of that”. What’s wrong with “I’ll do that”?
“Litigate” in anything other than a legal context.
|by Anonymous||reply 130||10/11/2020|
People who love huge spaces between their car and the one in front of them at lights. It's so stupid - pull up already, 2 cars could fit in the gap you've left, you fat whore.
|by Anonymous||reply 131||10/11/2020|
[quote]This may be shocking to some of you, but pronunciation changes over time.
When I was a child in the '50s, the word [italic]protein[/italic] was always pronounced PRO-tee-inn. Over the years it evolved to today's PRO-teen. I listen to the nostalgic radio channel on Sirius/XM, and it's fun to listen to the old-timey mid-century food commercials saying pro-tee-in.
|by Anonymous||reply 133||10/11/2020|
People who have to back into parking spot even when there's a huge line of cars behind them.
|by Anonymous||reply 135||10/11/2020|
since we're on about transit (and btw i don't think these are meaningless things):
1: the person who stands in front of an empty seat, but doesn't sit in it, thereby blocking access to it. i have seen this on crowded subways even;
2: the person who stands broad-ways to the door, and doesn't move when it opens. hugging the door is okay, but you've got to turn sideways when you stop at a station. real bullying move this.
|by Anonymous||reply 136||10/11/2020|
People who drive really really slowly. Got stuck behind someone doing 30 in a sixty zone. I wanted to kill them.
|by Anonymous||reply 137||10/11/2020|
R87: in Ireland, they ask "do you need a bag?" in shops, as customers are more likely to answer "no."
|by Anonymous||reply 138||10/11/2020|
R137, I wouldn't necessarily call that meaningless...especially if you're running late for something important.
|by Anonymous||reply 139||10/11/2020|
People wearing pajama pants out in public. I don’t think I’m a snob, but I find it low class to go shopping in pajamas. It’s not that hard to put on a pair of pants-even sweatpants are fine.
|by Anonymous||reply 140||10/11/2020|
R140 I agree. My family was modest growing up and we wouldn’t be caught dead wearing pajamas in public. We’d call those people hillbillies!
|by Anonymous||reply 141||10/11/2020|
I think this might be an only in New York thing, but I often get an “uh-huh” in response to thank you, especially from outer borough women of a certain age. The first few times I heard it, I thought the other person was questioning the sincerity of my thanks. But the more I heard it I realized the tone is not hostile; it’s similar to the way one might say “don’t mention it” or “yes, of course.” I now find it charming in its way.
|by Anonymous||reply 142||10/11/2020|
Didn't read through the entire thread. "Best" to me means "fuck you, I don't care about your opinion or response., so don't even bother responding." it's the least possible way you can end the letter without being a dickhead. i mean, i guess you could at least put your name at the end with nothing else added.
|by Anonymous||reply 143||10/11/2020|
My teacher taught us that the ‘fort’ pronunciation was correct but that ‘fortay’ is now acceptable because it was mispronounced for so long. Just like “home in” was correct but so many said ‘hone in’ that it’s becoming used even on NPR.
Still bothers me as does “begging the question” bring used incorrectly. I’m always surprised how many supposedly we’ll-educated say “between you and I”.
|by Anonymous||reply 144||10/11/2020|
The phrase “price point” instead of “price.” TV weather people that needs to add the word “hours” everywhere... snow during the evening hours, rain during your overnight hours...sun during the morning hours. Uuuggh!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 145||10/11/2020|
Nothing makes my blood boil like work emails with the subject "hey" or something similar, especially if it's someone you email frequently. How are you supposed to search for anything?
|by Anonymous||reply 146||10/11/2020|
R113 "prego“ in Italian doesn’t loosely translate as "it’s nothing". It literally means "I bid you" or "I’m asking / imploring you for it“.
It’s the same as French "je t‘en prie“ and German "bitte".
|by Anonymous||reply 147||10/11/2020|
R19 "I'm sorry for your loss".
My knee-jerk response has often been, "Why? Did you have anything to do with it?"
|by Anonymous||reply 148||10/11/2020|
R40, Same for the word "cache".
|by Anonymous||reply 149||10/11/2020|
The guys who have to use the urinal or bathroom stall right next to you when there are up to 10 available.
|by Anonymous||reply 150||10/11/2020|
I’ve always irrationally disliked “Greetings” as a salutation. Unless, of course, one is an alien. “Greetings, earthlings,” is then an acceptable salutation.
|by Anonymous||reply 151||10/11/2020|
"Natural light." What the fuck happened to just saying sunlight... or daylight... light? But no, nowadays we have to admire this "natural light coming in through the window." What the fuck other kind of light would there be from outside? NO ONE visits these places at night, thus, no one would ever be commenting on the wonderful artificial light. Jesus Fucking Christ.
It's to the point now where someone last week said... wait for it... natural daylight. Yes, that was said by a house hunter. NATURAL DAYLIGHT.
|by Anonymous||reply 152||10/11/2020|
I hate when people refer to others or us "folks" in pretty much any context. It sounds so country and uneducated. Or people who are from the south constantly saying "y'all" on purpose in a major city to draw attention. Not cute.
|by Anonymous||reply 153||10/11/2020|
I HATE HATE the words craft and curate. Shut the fuck up you millennial asshole
|by Anonymous||reply 154||10/12/2020|
‘Thanks in advance’ or TIA
‘And go!’ At the end of a request post usually on Facebook.
Y’all has been creeping into more frequent use outside the southern US. Worse are people who wrote it as ya’ll.
|by Anonymous||reply 155||10/12/2020|
People "feeling blessed" in their social media posts (brags)
|by Anonymous||reply 156||10/12/2020|
On public transport, if someone puts their bag down to prevent someone else from sitting next to them - I'll ask you to move your bag and sit next to you even if there is other free seats.
|by Anonymous||reply 157||10/12/2020|
R145 And price point instead of price range - often said on House Hunter - 'it's outside of our price point'
|by Anonymous||reply 158||10/12/2020|
Banks and stores that make staff say "Next Guest" to people waiting in line. I'm not a guest, I'm a customer!
|by Anonymous||reply 159||10/12/2020|
Restaurant servers who ask if you're still working on your meal, as if it's a project. And when they bring the leftovers container to the table and leave it for you to fill instead of taking care of it themselves.
|by Anonymous||reply 160||10/12/2020|
People who don't push their chairs back to the table when they get up to leave.
|by Anonymous||reply 161||10/12/2020|
[quote]People who say "I'm like." You're LIKE? "I'm like, are you kidding me? and she's like, no, I'm not!"
These threads are always full of complaints dating back to 1983.
"Best" was the valediction used in the official correspondence of an insurance company I worked for in the late 1990s. These were old templates so I updated them with "Sincerely," but I suspect they're now back to "Best" again.
|by Anonymous||reply 162||10/12/2020|
[quote]I had when people say that someone "passed." They're dead.
No one here is left over from the Usenet groups, are they? We used to have phrases like "No longer shopping the Pig" and "in the stereo cabinet" for when someone died. It would have made most of you apoplectic.
|by Anonymous||reply 163||10/12/2020|
“Do you need a bag” is asked by cashiers because most of us do our shopping with BAGS WE BRING WITH US, to protect the PLANET from OVERUSE of its resources by thoughtless morons.
Who on earth leaves their apartment nowadays without a bag to put their purchases in? Who embarks on a deliberate errand to get something, without a bag or backpack to carry home their items? Have you never seen nature shows featuring hapless sea animals choking on useless redundant plastic shopping bags, you thoughtless twat?
(Pre pandemic, of course—lots of stores won’t let you use your own bag now to protect against contagion.)
|by Anonymous||reply 164||10/12/2020|
[quote]Wearing a suit sans socks. Disgusting.
How very DARE you!
|by Anonymous||reply 165||10/12/2020|
"It is what it is." Isn't this self-evident? Has anything ever not been what it was?
Also, "I seen" is a pet peeve of mine. I often see "I seen" on Facebook.
|by Anonymous||reply 166||10/12/2020|
"The DNC rigged the primary"
"Bernie would have won!"
|by Anonymous||reply 168||10/12/2020|
R166, do you hang around hillbilly character from films of the 30s through 60s? I have never heard "I seen" it in real life, but it occurs all the time in those films.
|by Anonymous||reply 169||10/12/2020|
The use of “clap back” or “we need to talk about...” in news or story headlines
|by Anonymous||reply 171||10/12/2020|
R168. Those send me into a rage too.
|by Anonymous||reply 172||10/12/2020|
[quote]I’m always surprised how many supposedly we’ll-educated say “between you and I”.
|by Anonymous||reply 174||10/12/2020|
[quote]even if there is other free seats.
|by Anonymous||reply 175||10/12/2020|
I use Best when appropriate. Sometimes I'll use Thanks. Sometimes I won't use anything.
I have always found that people who use "warmly" are anything but. When I see that, it puts me on immediate alert and I find I'm usually right.
|by Anonymous||reply 176||10/12/2020|
[quote] The use of “clap back” or “we need to talk about...” in news or story headlines
Both are terrible, but I especially hate "clap back." I automatically discount anyone who uses it.
|by Anonymous||reply 177||10/12/2020|
Why is it that whenever you go to a web site, you ALWAYS have to scroll down to get to the portion you need? It is NEVER right there. And you can't arrow down to the part you want, you have to lift your hand from the keyboard and used the damn scroll bar! SO annoying!
|by Anonymous||reply 178||10/12/2020|
'I was this many days when I learned'
|by Anonymous||reply 179||10/12/2020|
[quote] People wearing pajama pants out in public
Normally I'd agree with you but just this past weekend I passed a tousled-haired twentysomething walking down Broadway in a pair of flannel pajama pants with his gigantic dick flopping back and forth. At first I thought it was his phone, but, of course, he was holding his phone, staring down at it as he walked down the street, which allowed me to gape at the flopping kielbasa unobserved. It was a beautiful sight to behold.
|by Anonymous||reply 180||10/12/2020|
[quote] The guys who have to use the urinal or bathroom stall right next to you when there are up to 10 available.
I’ll make an exception if they’re hotties.
|by Anonymous||reply 181||10/12/2020|
[quote] Restaurant servers who ask if you're still working on your meal, as if it's a project.
For some of us it is.
|by Anonymous||reply 182||10/12/2020|
[quote]Restaurant servers who ask if you're still working on your meal, as if it's a project. And when they bring the leftovers container to the table and leave it for you to fill instead of taking care of it themselves.
1/2 a WW. I hate "working on" it, too. But I'd much rather box my leftovers myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 183||10/12/2020|
I DON'T like when people say NO WORRIES which has seemed to replace NO PROBLEM.
|by Anonymous||reply 184||10/12/2020|
R182, if you place the fork face down during the meal, the server would know you're still working, Of course, we don't know if the server knows that rule of table etiquette.
|by Anonymous||reply 185||10/12/2020|
The fork never leaves my hand long enough to be put down.
|by Anonymous||reply 186||10/12/2020|
Ok this is definitely meaningless but highly annoying. I've noticed in the last 10 years or so, (I can't remember when it all started getting out of control) but people whether in entertainment or just plain folk, saying "I love you." "I love you" can be used when you just received a genuinely nice compliment "Oh, gee thanks, I love you too!!" or "I love you" is just routinely said back in response to another mindlessly generated "I love you" from friend, neighbour, colleague, strangers (!) even.
On TV, Ellen is the worst offender. Things like...."Yeah I saw your show, and I loved the show, I loved your the emotions you poured out, I loved your presence, I loved the script, and.....I LOVE YOU!!!" Guest typically responds feigning complete surprise, fake glee with "Oh Ellen! I love you too!! I really do!!" This is done every day. Every single day. All the shows do it. Even Simon Cowell now that's been in the Status for a few years is part of that pack "I didn't like your performance. I loved it!" "Oh Simon, thank you!, I love you so much!" Cowell" I love you too."
Oh I love you all!!
|by Anonymous||reply 187||10/12/2020|
...been in the States, meant to say.
Oh Fuck Off, r188. ...I didn't mean it...sorry. I love you, I really do. sorry about that. Love you.
|by Anonymous||reply 189||10/12/2020|
As an older gay and graduate of the school of hard knocks, I am annoying by young people who think life is so simple and that they have the road to success and happiness already mapped out with a firm timetable.
Kiddies, it isn't that easy or everyone would have done it.
|by Anonymous||reply 190||10/12/2020|
Who knew "found purchase" was objectionable
|by Anonymous||reply 191||10/12/2020|
I hate when news reports redundantly mention that “So and so died tragically...”. Well, duh.
Why not “amusingly,” “deservedly” or “adorably”?
|by Anonymous||reply 192||10/12/2020|
192 responses in one day.
Safe to assume Dataloungers live annoyed lives.
|by Anonymous||reply 193||10/12/2020|
People who "call" bullshit. Just say "bullshit." Who cares what you "call"?
|by Anonymous||reply 194||10/12/2020|
[quote]I DON'T like when people say NO WORRIES which has seemed to replace NO PROBLEM.
Is that an Australian import? Seems like it is when you tack "mate" on the end.
|by Anonymous||reply 195||10/12/2020|
Married men looking to hook up with discrete guys.
|by Anonymous||reply 196||10/12/2020|
People who say "So and so called my phone." What else would they call?
|by Anonymous||reply 197||10/12/2020|
Remember when "Absolutely!" was a big thing around 2007? Ugh.
|by Anonymous||reply 198||10/12/2020|
The people who feel compelled to post who is following specific celebrities on social media sites (Madden and Timmy stans lead the insanity). Don't they have anything to do that matters?
|by Anonymous||reply 199||10/12/2020|
Waitstaff who clear the plates away one by one as each person finishes, rather than waiting for everyone to finish and then clearing the entire table. Last person to finish ends up sitting eating alone and getting stared at by everyone else.
|by Anonymous||reply 200||10/12/2020|
[quote] Both are terrible, but I especially hate "clap back."
Clap back is now used in yahoo "news" articles headlines and articles all the time. So fucking annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 202||10/12/2020|
[quote]I am a white boomer man, [R115], and I have never heard "no joy" before. Not even once.
By the way, there is nothing new about signing correspondence with "best". I remember letters closing this way before email even existed.
|by Anonymous||reply 203||10/12/2020|
R194 will never, ever call shenanigans.
|by Anonymous||reply 204||10/12/2020|
Like? My Uber was super late? Like, it made me late for happy hour??
It has crept into business too, where my otherwise very intelligent colleagues sound like fucking debutantes.
|by Anonymous||reply 205||10/12/2020|
R192 Reporters who say the fire "totally engulfed" the house. Engulfed means totally. And "five different countries." Same meaning without "different."
|by Anonymous||reply 206||10/12/2020|
When people say “hundred percent” to indicate they agree with what the other is saying.
|by Anonymous||reply 207||10/12/2020|
"You're golden," said to indicate to you that you're holding the other end of the couch in the right spot, or you have the painting at just the right height on the wall, or you're standing in the right spot where a tree sould be planted, or anything where you're in the correct location. "You're golden."
|by Anonymous||reply 208||10/12/2020|
What is a "found purchase?"
|by Anonymous||reply 209||10/12/2020|
Because no one will fucking Google it:
[quote] [bold] purchase [/bold]: a hold or position on something for applying power advantageously, or the advantage gained by such application. "the horse's hooves fought for purchase on the slippery pavement"
|by Anonymous||reply 210||10/12/2020|
A lot of this stuff doesn't annoy me but something that does, for some reason - "Real quick". When did it become a thing? "Can I just squeeze in here real quick?" "I just want to ask something real quick". I hear it constantly.
|by Anonymous||reply 211||10/12/2020|
I've been hearing "real quick" as long as I've been alive, r211. Might it be a North Jerseyism?
|by Anonymous||reply 212||10/12/2020|
Also - awesome used to be something I thought only I or only kids I was skateboarding or surfing with ever said. Then it became taken over by moms. Now every middle aged woman seems to say everything is awesome.
|by Anonymous||reply 213||10/12/2020|
R212 I've been hearing "real quick" as long as I've been alive, [R211]. Might it be a North Jerseyism?
Maybe, I don't know. I'm from Mass but my grandmother was from Fort Lee NJ, and my best friend is from Leonia, but I never heard them say it. That I can remember. lol
|by Anonymous||reply 214||10/12/2020|
Chuck Todd just said 'pump the brakes', which reminded me how much I hate that phrase.
We had a VP who we dubbed Miss Buzzword. Some of her favorites:
"Let's take this offline",
"I'll ping Gertrude and see what she thinks"
"Forward Plan" (who the fuck plans backwards?)
"I'm not sure if we have the bandwidth to handle that right now"
Referring to someone who did little more than wipe their own ass a 'Rockstar', "Jane, you remembered I take two sugars in my coffee, You're a rockstar'.
And the most nonsensical "Failure is not an option" (not only was an option, it's what actually happened. The day the company announced it was closing, I poked my head into Miss Buzzward's office and said 'Well Susan, I guess failure WAS an option after all.' She was not amused.)
|by Anonymous||reply 215||10/12/2020|
R213 I agree - even the most mildly decent things are called "awesome." How are your chips? Awesome! How was the margarita? Awesome. This weather is awesome. Your haircut is awesome. That shirt is awesome.
Are these things really AWESOME? If those tiny things are awesome, what do we call truly big, awesome things now? OMG SUPER DUPER AWESOME!?
|by Anonymous||reply 216||10/12/2020|
If you've ever watched My Dinner with Andre, you'll see the perfect waiter. An older man, he unobtrusively does his job while the two diners talk to each other and never tries to insert his personality onto them.
|by Anonymous||reply 217||10/12/2020|
I love the scene at the end where the waiter makes eye contact for a brief, embarrassed moment with the narrator (forget his name) r217
|by Anonymous||reply 218||10/12/2020|
The "consent to our cookies or GTFO" messages that pop up on every site now. No, I don't consent!! I just want to read the article without being stalked.
The intrusive video pop-ups with the sound on. Especially if you can't turn them off, or have to frantically scroll up and down the page to find where they've been hidden.
Advertisers are a dirty bunch.
|by Anonymous||reply 219||10/12/2020|
R216, We Americans tend to be short on adjectives even though we love using them. Every other thing or person is "awesome", even if it's not.
|by Anonymous||reply 220||10/12/2020|
R218, that would be Wallace Shawn, who also wrote the film and a number of wonderful plays.
|by Anonymous||reply 221||10/12/2020|
[quote] Advertisers are a dirty bunch.
Not to mention that phones eavesdrop on you and then send you ads based on your conversations.
It's happened too often to be a coincidence, and I've noticed that, during the pandemic when I'm rarely out and about and not talking to anyone about buying anything, the phenomenon has all but stopped
|by Anonymous||reply 222||10/12/2020|
"Another senseless murder..."
As opposed to what, a sensible one?
|by Anonymous||reply 223||10/12/2020|
The word "very" has no objective meaning.
|by Anonymous||reply 224||10/12/2020|
More and more people are responding to a reflexive, polite "I'm sorry" or "Oops" for minor things like dropping a pen they handed me with "You're fine!" Instead of something like "That's okay."
I suppose the intent is to excuse the mishap as no big deal, but instead it sounds like they are reassuring me that I am in fact okay as a person. It's indirectly insulting.
|by Anonymous||reply 226||10/12/2020|
r224 I had a professor who handed out a list of "pet peeves" at the beginning of the semester. These included the words very, really, something, thing ... and starting sentences with "There is/There are", as in "There are people who believe ..."
|by Anonymous||reply 227||10/12/2020|
I can't stand "problematic". Was that even a real work until a few years ago? I also can't stand the over use of the word "narrative" as in "I want to control the narrative".
R226 I also feel slightly offended when people say "you're fine" in response to me saying something like "excuse me" if I'm trying to pass them. Yes, I know I'm fine you asshole.
|by Anonymous||reply 228||10/12/2020|
[quote] I can't stand "problematic".
Few things irritate me more.
(I left out ‘very’ in deference to r227’s professor.)
|by Anonymous||reply 230||10/12/2020|
Gay men who use cutesy names for their husband.
When I hear (or read) 'hubs' or 'husbear' I want to scream.
If you're old enough to get married, you're old enough to refer to him in public as 'my husband'
|by Anonymous||reply 231||10/12/2020|
R231 Totally agreed. The one idiot I know who uses "husbear" also goes around say 'OMG AWESOMMMMME' about everything. He sounds like an idiot.
|by Anonymous||reply 232||10/12/2020|
I don't like it when my siblings call me "bro". We are all very close and speak with each other several times a week...I just dislike that terminology. Another is the word "peeps". Many of the staff that reported to me would often call their colleagues, "the peeps". What are they chickens or Easter candy?
|by Anonymous||reply 233||10/12/2020|
[quote]Restaurant servers who ask if you're still working on your meal, as if it's a project.
A server at the Applebee's in Cheyenne, Wyoming, was extremely chipper and ready to please. We ordered several menu items, and after each one, he said, "I can make that work for you!" Every single time. To this day, I still use that phrase around my family.
Instead of signing off "Best" in correspondence, I just use "Regards," and then sign my name.
I can't stand it when TV weather people say "forecasted" instead of "forecast."
"Orientate." No, no, NO!!! It's "orient," as in "a compass will help orient you.
Which should it be: "so fun" or "such fun?" My view is that it should be either "such fun" or "so MUCH fun." I hear people say "it was so fun" and cringe a little each time.
For those of you who are irritated by people who use the same hackneyed word or phrase over and over again, here's how I dealt with it once: A young lady named Janet was on the outer fringes of a group I hung around with. No one ever told her that the hippie movement had pretty much dried up some 20 years previously. She dressed as a flower child and used stilted-sounding 1970s vernacular, like "groovy," "far out," and the one that really triggered me, "mellow," which she used to describe way too many things and situations. So I decided to play the game too. I started using "mellow" for everything, albeit incorrectly—"god, look at that Nissan; that is so mellow." "Did you see '60 Minutes' last night? It was pretty mellow." "This Big Mac is sure mellow." "Yeah, 'Schindler's List' was majorly mellow." After not all that long, Janet finally retired her favorite word.
|by Anonymous||reply 234||10/12/2020|
R211, I began hearing "real quick" on the ID Channel, when a cop wants to get information from a suspect and doesn't want to take too much time.
|by Anonymous||reply 235||10/12/2020|
Weather people who say the snow will cover Bergen and Hudson County,. It's counties !!!
|by Anonymous||reply 236||10/12/2020|
[quote] "Orientate." No, no, NO!!! It's "orient," as in "a compass will help orient you.
[quote]Which should it be: "so fun" or "such fun?" My view is that it should be either "such fun" or "so MUCH fun." I hear people say "it was so fun" and cringe a little each time.
I want to marry you, RexOfSB.
|by Anonymous||reply 237||10/12/2020|
"Let's review this and I'll circle back to you."
Pronouns in signatures. It proves to me you shouldn't be taken seriously. Ever.
|by Anonymous||reply 238||10/12/2020|
R174 I made that mistake and left the ‘by’ out. You made me laugh and I ww’d you.
|by Anonymous||reply 239||10/12/2020|
r238 I could write a tome on pronouns in academia.
I recently received an email from a colleague that, and I kid you not, was signed off like this:
John Smith he/she/they
|by Anonymous||reply 240||10/12/2020|
People who refer to themselves in a definitive pronoun. La Senertice, El Senetrice, The Donald. It speaks to extreme narcissistic tendencies. Like nicknames those should always be assigned to you by someone else. Naming yourself the King of Pop also falls into that category.
|by Anonymous||reply 241||10/12/2020|
While we're on names ... people who insist on spelling their names in lowercase letters in all contexts
|by Anonymous||reply 242||10/12/2020|
[quote]People who refer to themselves in a definitive pronoun.
Have the millennials renovated "definite pronoun"?
|by Anonymous||reply 243||10/12/2020|
Something that annoys me a lot is...
"I've asked you to not do that." "I can't stand her boyfriend. I told her to not go out with him again." "He makes me want to not vote for him."
Is this splitting an infinitive? I've never been good at grammar. Anyhow I just know "Not to go" sounds better - for example. I see it a lot more than I used to - on social media, I guess.
|by Anonymous||reply 244||10/12/2020|
I don't know whether it's actually incorrect, but when adults say they did something 'on accident' instead of 'by accident' I think it sounds like their vocabulary hasn't matured since they were six.
|by Anonymous||reply 245||10/12/2020|
[quote] As opposed to what, a sensible one?
If you killed me, it would be sensible.
|by Anonymous||reply 246||10/12/2020|
Not sure if it's meaningless but people who make noise and/or don't turn off their phones in cinemas, concert halls, etc. I'm a pretty mellow person but this makes me murderous.
Background noise of any kind, especially at night. Also noisy chewing and lip smacking. I have misophonia and this makes me suffer.
|by Anonymous||reply 247||10/12/2020|
My friend and me are a few of the last holdouts- I can't stand when people say- How's your MOM and DAD instead of the PROPER- How's your mother and father?
|by Anonymous||reply 248||10/12/2020|
Or maybe - how ARE your parents?
|by Anonymous||reply 249||10/12/2020|
Girls! Girls! You're ALL pedantic!
|by Anonymous||reply 250||10/12/2020|
Talking on the cell phone or watching videos without headphones in public places is trashy and completely devoid of manners.
|by Anonymous||reply 251||10/12/2020|
Unless you’re hot and watching porn.
|by Anonymous||reply 252||10/12/2020|
People who say they care and fail to match words with behavior.
|by Anonymous||reply 253||10/12/2020|
Oh GOD how I hate the fucking pronoun bullshit.
|by Anonymous||reply 254||10/12/2020|
[quote]I want to marry you, RexOfSB.
Aww, thanks r237. Unfortunately, my two ill-behaved Siberian Huskies go with the package, though, and I wouldn't wish those beasts on anyone. But if you're up to a little foolin' around, I'm your man.
One other thing that irks me is when someone says their phone or other electronic device "ran out of batteries." No it fucking didn't! The batteries ran down. Last year the spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff;s Office actually said that in a TV interview.
Life is so complicated for those of us who think.
|by Anonymous||reply 255||10/12/2020|
People who shit and won’t flush. I do not understand this behavior!
|by Anonymous||reply 256||10/12/2020|
People who say "stand on line".
|by Anonymous||reply 257||10/12/2020|
This thread really devolved into the Grammar Police Hoedown.
|by Anonymous||reply 258||10/12/2020|
R115 the only time I’ve heard no joy in real life was when I was in the Air Force and we were doing some training. It was also said in Top Gun. It was a military term, so I can see how/ why boomer men have taken it and started using it to mean ‘negative’.
|by Anonymous||reply 259||10/12/2020|
I find "such and such is no joke" meaning something is really good to be mind numbingly annoying.
|by Anonymous||reply 260||10/12/2020|
I'm annoyed by people who eat on public transportation. Not just a bagel or coffee but real food. I'm not talking about long distance trains or even buses, but local city buses and subways. I got on a subway the other day and some asshole was having what looked like nachos for lunch. Obviously no mask, and the whole subway car smelled like nachos.
I get it, you're busy, and these days, many places are take-out only, but find a bench, and have your lunch like a person. Your digestion, and fellow passengers, will appreciate it
|by Anonymous||reply 261||10/12/2020|
TV news. One newscaster handing off a story to the other newscaster:
[quote] "Yeah, Chad, there was a five-car chain reaction on I-17 this morning."
Beginning a sentence with "Yeah," is my point.
|by Anonymous||reply 262||10/12/2020|
[quote]This thread really devolved into the Grammar Police Hoedown.
It's curious how so many, even the guy who said repeatedly that his pet peeve really WAS meaningless, call anyone who uses a colloquialism that they hate a "tard" or an "idiot" or a "moron."
If that's how angry they get over some meaningless verbal quirk, what happens when something that actually matters irritates them?
|by Anonymous||reply 263||10/13/2020|
When the cashier hands me my receipt and change together at once. And, worse still, doesn’t “face” the bills; i.e., facing them all the same way.
|by Anonymous||reply 264||10/13/2020|
I had a friend who had to take a few keys off her key chain to use. When the second friend came back she asked it she could put them back on the key chain.
Then she got condescending and re-did the process, claiming friend 2 had put the keys on the key chain "the wrong way." She wanted all the jagged edges of the keys facing the same direction.
It made me think that meaningless things annoy you if meaningless things matter to you.
|by Anonymous||reply 265||10/13/2020|
People who leave their shopping carts in spaces in the car park so that no one else can use the space because they're too lazy to return them to the cart carrel before leaving.
|by Anonymous||reply 266||10/13/2020|
People who noisily unwrap lozenges or other candies in a theatre, never mind those who talk constantly during films and theatre.
|by Anonymous||reply 267||10/13/2020|
[quote]She wanted all the jagged edges of the keys facing the same direction.
Isn't that how everyone does it?
|by Anonymous||reply 268||10/13/2020|
People who come to your home and start criticizing the way you do things. "Oh, this is not how you fold towels"; "You clean your oven wrong", etc. Bitch, either do it yourself, or STFU!
Same with (hierarchically equal) coworkers who love to pick on everyone and brag how much better they do the same things.
|by Anonymous||reply 269||10/13/2020|
[quote] Isn't that how everyone does it?
I can honestly say I have never once noticed how my keys are arranged on my key ring.
But one thing that annoys me is that my partner doesn't align the shades in the living room. We have three shades, covering the three windows. He'll raise the shades, but leave them at different levels. Drives me nuts. I'm forever adjusting them so they're all at the same height.
I find it odd that this bothers me, as I am in no other way OCD. Other things in the apartment are neat, but by no means meticulous. But the shades being at different levels drives me to distraction
|by Anonymous||reply 270||10/13/2020|
Any Yelp reviewer that states the food was "Yummy" or an adult that refers to their parents as mommy and daddy.
|by Anonymous||reply 271||10/13/2020|
I have only one such visual OCDism, too, r270. I can't stand for drawers to be left open. Cabinet doors I couldn't care less about, but open drawers disturb the living fuck out of me.
|by Anonymous||reply 272||10/13/2020|
R49 - haha. And yet conversely, some English-speaking person decided long ago that the likes of Roma, Milano, Venezia, Firenze, etc. were just too damn hard to wrap one's tongue around...
|by Anonymous||reply 273||10/13/2020|
R273 It bothers me when people act as though only Anglos translate the names of foreign cities. It shows how little one knows about foreign languages, it’s not like Italians say London (Londra), Paris (Parigi), München (Monaco di Bavaria), Stockholm (Stoccolma), etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 274||10/13/2020|
R274 - agreed. Sadly, I only speak 4. However, I do appreciate that Italians gave those cities a taste of their own treatment; from now on, I'm going with 'Londra' and 'Parigi'.
|by Anonymous||reply 275||10/13/2020|
Mi piacciono i nomi italiani per tutte quelle città, r274 r275.
|by Anonymous||reply 276||10/13/2020|
[quote] Buzz words and phrases like “wheelhouse”
Surprise them & replace wheelbarrow” with “bailiwick.”
“Not my bailiwick, mate.”
|by Anonymous||reply 277||10/13/2020|
Men over forty who wear jeans.
|by Anonymous||reply 278||10/13/2020|
I'm 60 and I wear jeans when it's cold. What am I supposed to be wearing? Slacks? A caftan?
My pet peeve is "forums." The plural is "fora."
|by Anonymous||reply 279||10/13/2020|
The Americanized word burglarized, as in, "The delinquent youths burglarized the bakery and made off with $300". The word is burgled, Americans.
|by Anonymous||reply 280||10/13/2020|
R273, which English borrowed from the French (Rome, Milan, Venise, Florence, Italie).
|by Anonymous||reply 281||10/13/2020|
[quote] Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia
Many years ago I said something to my husband about how I’d been talking to my mother about something & I got a bunch of those ads disguised as “news” about the same subject on my phone & he said, “ I think the phone is listening to you. I’m sure I heard somewhere that they can hear you.” And I was all “Yeah right, Professor. My phone is listening to me (eye roll) .” Now we all know for sure our phones are listening. My son & nusband insist on having apple Home. I won’t heave it upstairs in my living quarters. (They spend most of their time watching sports & reruns of The Office in the living room. I don’t).
|by Anonymous||reply 282||10/13/2020|
Tip - go to the settings on your phone, and for every app, turn off the microphone permission. (Except, of course the phone app itself.) That way Google can't listen to you. I did this and now I don't get ads any more based on what I said casually.
|by Anonymous||reply 283||10/13/2020|
I don’t have “microphone” under my apps. I have “cellular data,” though.
|by Anonymous||reply 284||10/13/2020|
R264, R265, OMG, I'm not alone. In my younger days, when I worked retail, I was always taught to organize the bills in the till with all of them face up, flat, and in the same direction. And to count change back to the customer. So today, whenever some kid hands me back a stack of crumpled bills facing different directions, with coins and receipt on top, it hits a nerve.
Similarly, all my keys on the key ring just have to have the jagged edge facing the same direction.
I also have to have all the blinds in the office raised at same level. If it's something that I can't control, I would avoid looking in that direction.
|by Anonymous||reply 285||10/13/2020|
I hate it when I’ve googled a recipe and have to wade through endless fucking paragraphs about the family history of the recipe, the author’s incredibly stressful life as a stay at home mom and part-time blogger, and whether or not “Hubby and the kiddos” liked the dish. Is it really necessary to include a gazillion photos of the finished product? How about a few pictures of the dish as it’s being prepared? Just get to the point by giving us a list of ingredients and how to cook the damn thing....no one cares about any of the other stuff.
|by Anonymous||reply 286||10/13/2020|
The phrase, “You won the Internet.” or “You’ve won the internet for today.”
It irritates the hell out of me and it’s used so often in reply to something funny/witty.
|by Anonymous||reply 287||10/13/2020|
Where do you here "You won the internet"? That one is new to me. Is it a British thing?
|by Anonymous||reply 288||10/13/2020|
R266, it's a parking lot, not a car park. It's a cart corral, not a cart carrel.
|by Anonymous||reply 289||10/13/2020|
R285, I had a clerk in a Walgreens count my change back to me a couple weeks ago and I made a complimentary comment on how rare that is now.
|by Anonymous||reply 290||10/13/2020|
[quote] I was always taught to organize the bills in the till with all of them face up, flat, and in the same direction. And to count change back to the customer
You can blame technology for this.
Before about 1975 cash registers generally didn't tell the cashier how much change to give. As you said, if the purchase was $16.77 and the customer gave you a $20, we were instructed to put the $20 on the little shelf, manually count back the change as you took it out of the till, then give the money to the customer (who by now had their hand out) in the same manner: 'The total was $16.77 and you gave me twenty. then count the change as you gave it to them.
Only then would you put the $20 in the till and shut the drawer, just in case the customer said 'Hey, I gave you a $50. It was laborious, but improved accuracy.
Today's cashiers couldn't do that if you put a gun to their head. If you really want to fuck with a cashier, and your purchase is, say $32.05, give them $40, wait for them to key it into the POS and then say 'Oh wait, here's a nickel' and watch the utter panic in their eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 291||10/13/2020|
Also, today cashiers need to deal with so many more customers so a time-consuming ritual like this could cause a riot in the queue.
|by Anonymous||reply 292||10/13/2020|
R288. People don’t say it, they write it. I see it mostly on Facebook if someone writes a funny response to someone else’s post, someone always replies with ‘you just won the internet!’ It’s been going on for years, and I thought it’d be phased out by now, but nope, still around.
|by Anonymous||reply 293||10/13/2020|
R291, I was in retail in the mid-90s, and all the registers read back change. I think we counted back change as assurance that we were handing the customer correct change. I guess this practice is lost to the past.
Recently, I was at a drive-thru and my order came out to $15.32. I gave the guy a $20 and said, "I think I have 32 cents" as I fish out loose change from my armrest storage box. He starts to hand me four 1s and some change, but I say, "here's 32 cents." Perplexed, he responds, "Oh, I already rang it up." I say, "Yes, but here's 32 cents, and you give me back $5." He says, "No, I already rang it up." I guess it was my fault for not having the exact change ready, but still the guy couldn't do simple arithmetic in his head and had to rely on what his register said.
|by Anonymous||reply 294||10/13/2020|
R293, in the same vein, I hate when on Twitter someone replies to a Tweet with "That earned you a follow". Oh gee thanks, I am so honored.
|by Anonymous||reply 295||10/13/2020|
Is r248 for real?
Some of you don't know your Raising Arizona well enough.
[quote] her womb was a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase
|by Anonymous||reply 296||10/13/2020|
Time-consuming ritual? It's 10 seconds, max.
|by Anonymous||reply 297||10/13/2020|
[quote] Surprise them & replace wheelbarrow” with “bailiwick.”
“Hey, I gotta move these bricks. Wanna give me a hand?”
“Sure. Let me just get the bailiwick.”
Doesn’t have the same ring to it.
|by Anonymous||reply 298||10/13/2020|
[quote] Men over forty who wear jeans.
|by Anonymous||reply 299||10/13/2020|
R294, similar story:
I was at the supermarket and my order came to $14.65. Gave the clerk $25. She tried to hand me back the $5 bill. I said I gave you $25 so I’d get a 10 back.
|by Anonymous||reply 300||10/13/2020|
[quote] but still the guy couldn't do simple arithmetic in his head and had to rely on what his register said
Actually, cashiers are trained to do this because of the number of short-change operators out there. That guy who says he will give you 32 cents then hands back the five and says, "Oh, have can you take this five and the five you owe me and give me a ten?" all the while the poor guy has a clock on his wall counting down the 4 minutes he has to turn over a customer at his window.
|by Anonymous||reply 301||10/13/2020|
Beautiful people, that have equally beautiful boyfriends, money, and homes telling me about their anxiety. I saw this video by Sam Cushing show up on my Youtube suggestions. He's a nice guy but I really don't need to hear about his "issues" when everything else in the world appears to be going his way. It's not even so much about jealousy because I know I will never look that attractive, but it's like scrolling through Instagram, why put yourself through the heartache. So yeah, vids from guys that look like that are super annoying.
We all had coming out issues. Guys like Sam are welcomed into the gay community with open arms. I get side-eyes.
|by Anonymous||reply 302||10/13/2020|
My post reminded me:
People who put the $ symbol AFTER the denomination so it looks like this:
“I spent 5$ on that coffee!”
|by Anonymous||reply 303||10/13/2020|
I had an eccentric (pretentious) boss, who was born and raised in the US, but he would write his figures in the European way: $ 1.234.567,89; $ 100.000,00 . So when I'd look at his proposals and spreadsheets, his numbers would throw me off. Even on shared documents, where everybody would write their numbers in the US conventional way, he'd add in his figures in European format. This would annoy me, so I'd go in and change them so everything would be uniform. When I asked him why he followed the European convention, he gave some stupid answer like, "Well, my wife's Spanish and my grandfather was Swedish." What does that have to do with anything??? I'm so glad I don't work with that pretentious prick anymore.
|by Anonymous||reply 305||10/13/2020|
When people use social media as Google. "What time does X close?" It's one thing if you're looking for opinions or feedback, but facts?
Someone started a thread the other day asking if a couple was still together. They are all over each others instagram. Be less lazy, people.
|by Anonymous||reply 306||10/13/2020|
[quote]Where do you here "You won the internet"? That one is new to me. Is it a British thing?
Several years ago there was a TV show on Comedy Central called [italic]@Midnight With Chris Hardwick.[/italic] It was a mildly amusing celebrity talk show. At the end, Chris would ask the celebrities a few questions, and whoever got the most right "won the Internet." This little catchphrase caught on and people are still using it.
|by Anonymous||reply 307||10/13/2020|
R279 - One of mine is "referenda" - the plural is actually referendums.
|by Anonymous||reply 308||10/14/2020|
Misspellings of my name in replies to emails, never mind that both my email address and signature include my (correctly-spelled) name. Lazy, careless, and indifferent.
|by Anonymous||reply 310||10/14/2020|
People who refer to women as “females”. It’s so damn trashy.
|by Anonymous||reply 311||10/14/2020|
Farting while I’m eating your ass
|by Anonymous||reply 312||10/14/2020|
When people pronounce the "t" in "often"
|by Anonymous||reply 313||10/14/2020|
I love when people pronounce the T in often!!
|by Anonymous||reply 314||10/14/2020|
I hate when people say "drizzle" when describing food.
|by Anonymous||reply 315||10/14/2020|
Both pronunciations of "often" are acceptable.
|by Anonymous||reply 316||10/14/2020|
Not using a capital first letter for my name.
I'm worth the capitalisation people!
|by Anonymous||reply 317||10/14/2020|
PhDs who get pissed when random people who they have only occasionally met forget to refer to them as "doctor". We get it, you want to feel special.
|by Anonymous||reply 318||10/15/2020|
R309 - Yes, agenda is plural. But the plural of referendum IS referendums.
|by Anonymous||reply 319||10/15/2020|
These phrases -- which I keep seeing more and more -- annoy the shit out of me:
"I'm here for that."
"I'm not here for that."
|by Anonymous||reply 320||10/15/2020|
People who use the adjective good in place of the adverb well.
Those who work for Greenpeace and Doctors Without Borders are "doing good". You are doing well.
|by Anonymous||reply 321||10/15/2020|
[quote]I hate it when I’ve googled a recipe and have to wade through endless fucking paragraphs about the family history of the recipe
This is a running joke for me and my husband. We look up recipes online. You have to read through their entire life story just to get to the actual recipe. I think it's designed to sell more ads. I don't care about your life story in relation to this dish, bitch. Just give me the recipe.
|by Anonymous||reply 322||10/15/2020|
"This thread is full of win!"
Thankfully, that phrase seems to have died out.
|by Anonymous||reply 323||10/15/2020|
[quote] Not using a capital first letter for my name.
Oh get over it
|by Anonymous||reply 324||10/15/2020|
We tend to speak in idioms or popular phrasings in normal conversations 99% of the time it seems: I'm as guilty as the next party:
Sign me up!
Get out of town!
What's up with that?
Been there, done that
Give me a break
You're so full of it
Seemed like a good idea at the time
Just the facts, ma'am
Livin' the Dream!
I wouldn't kick him out bed for eating crackers
Weigts 180 pounds soaking wet
Beam me up!
Catch some Zzzzzss
|by Anonymous||reply 325||10/15/2020|
The way English speakers pronounce Latin.
|by Anonymous||reply 328||10/15/2020|
Any misspellings or typos in things that are supposedly edited and proofed like books, magazine articles, etc.
Special irritation arrives when it’s on the chyron on the news and stays for a while. Didn’t the producer, director, or even an intern see that (or see it now) and correct it?!
|by Anonymous||reply 329||10/15/2020|
Doctors Without Borders are doing good, as in doing good things for others.
|by Anonymous||reply 330||10/15/2020|
When you're on the uptown 3 train from 110th St on, when they announce over and over and over—and over—that the 3 doesn't go to the Bronx, and if that's you, you must transfer at 135th St. to the 2 train. It's the repetition that annoys me.
Ditto with the 1 train and the first five cars are the only ones that will open at South Ferry
|by Anonymous||reply 331||10/15/2020|
When people smell their fingers when exiting the restroom.
|by Anonymous||reply 333||10/15/2020|
[quote] Ditto with the 1 train and the first five cars are the only ones that will open at South Ferry
You can relax. The new/old South Ferry station has reopened and now you can ride in any car.
Re: repetitive announcements. I used to take the L all the way out to E105 for work. Frequently there would be delays so in order to speed things up, trains would sometimes skip stations, going express from Broadway Junction to E105. At Broadway Junction, the conductor would say over and over again "This train is going express to East 105. If you need stations between here and East 105 get off and wait for the train directly behind us'. Over and over again. I'd think 'Shut up and go already'.
Invariably, people would look up from their phones as we whizzed by their station, completely bewildered as to why we weren't stopping. One time, as I was exiting at E105 some old hag was screaming at the conductor, berating him for not announcing that the train would be skipping stops. He said 'I did say we were going express', at which point I interjected 'Yes, he did tell us', The old bag turned and snarled at me 'Who asked YOU?'
|by Anonymous||reply 334||10/16/2020|
"Misspellings of my name in replies to emails, never mind that both my email address and signature include my (correctly-spelled) name. Lazy, careless, and indifferent."
Really? Let me guess, you're one of those obnoxious people that everyone hates who insist on the current spelling of a very common name: "My name is Kayla! Spelled C-H-E-I-L-A-H! Kayla!! Are you stupid or something?!"
No. People are just really fucking tired of name Nazis like you, and if I knew what your name is, I would sign it the correct spelling. Not whatever your parents decided to curse you with.
|by Anonymous||reply 335||10/17/2020|
“Have a great REST OF your day!”
You can’t just say “have a great day!”?!?
|by Anonymous||reply 336||10/17/2020|
The correct reply to "have a good one" is, "I do—I just wish it were bigger."
|by Anonymous||reply 338||10/17/2020|
Yes, I use that George Carlin line all the time:
“I already have a good one! I’m looking for a longer one!”
|by Anonymous||reply 339||10/17/2020|
R337 "Have a good one" doesn't bother me at all compared to "have a good rest of your day." The latter is just so CLUNKY.
|by Anonymous||reply 340||10/17/2020|