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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 Anonymousreply 34010/17/2020

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 Anonymousreply 110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 210/11/2020

People who just hate Trump or Russians. They're silent about China.

by Anonymousreply 310/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 410/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 510/11/2020

I agree, OP - that's a stupid email signature, and I see it a lot in my company as well.

by Anonymousreply 610/11/2020

I had when people say that someone "passed." They're dead.

by Anonymousreply 710/11/2020

^ Hate not had

by Anonymousreply 810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 910/11/2020

That’s fucking hilarious r9.

From one extreme to the other.

by Anonymousreply 1010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 1110/11/2020

Incorrect use of the word paradigm.

by Anonymousreply 1210/11/2020

Can you give an example, r12?

I’m hoping I’m not guilty of it.

by Anonymousreply 1310/11/2020

People who come and park right next to me when there's plenty of parking all around.

by Anonymousreply 1410/11/2020

People who say "I, myself..."

by Anonymousreply 1510/11/2020

R14 That is my husband's biggest pet peeve!

by Anonymousreply 1610/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 1710/11/2020

[quote]I had when people say that someone "passed." They're dead.

r7 maybe they passed a slow-moving Winnebago.

by Anonymousreply 1810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 1910/11/2020

R19 I agree. Those grieving do not typically feel that way at that moment.

by Anonymousreply 2010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 2110/11/2020

I hate, hate, hate, HATE non-Brits, who sign emails with "Cheers!"

by Anonymousreply 2210/11/2020

I know Americans who do this as well r22

by Anonymousreply 2310/11/2020

[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.

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by Anonymousreply 2410/11/2020

R23 “I’ll take a triple espresso ASAP!”

by Anonymousreply 2510/11/2020

Someone said this to me and I was like, “isn’t that too granular a criticism? I mean like, get a life!”


by Anonymousreply 2610/11/2020

The OP

by Anonymousreply 2710/11/2020

People who use "preventative" to make something sound important, when "preventive" has the same meaning.

by Anonymousreply 2810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 2910/11/2020

R4 I was gonna write the same thing. Especially in TV drama. These writers have no imagination.

by Anonymousreply 3010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 3110/11/2020

people who say "utilize" instead of "use."

by Anonymousreply 3210/11/2020

People who add "right?" at the end of every other sentence.

by Anonymousreply 3310/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 3410/11/2020

"Thoughts and prayers" and "There are no words" have both become overused.

by Anonymousreply 3510/11/2020

R34, both pronunciations are actually accurate.

by Anonymousreply 3610/11/2020

"Surreal" is the most overused word in this century.

by Anonymousreply 3710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 3810/11/2020

“You got this!”

by Anonymousreply 3910/11/2020

Actually it's fortE, with a hard e at the end. The word is Italian and obviously means strength. "Fort" is completely wrong.

by Anonymousreply 4010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4110/11/2020


Though "word-related" is a sort of funny typo

by Anonymousreply 4210/11/2020

WimbleTon....pundiNt....verse instead of versus. Unfortunately all of these have caught on.

by Anonymousreply 4310/11/2020

If it's meaningless things, why can they bother you? They should mean nothing to you. Relax, OP, your cunt is too clenched.

by Anonymousreply 4410/11/2020

Actually, FOR-tay is an acceptable pronunciation

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by Anonymousreply 4510/11/2020

Wearing a suit sans socks. Disgusting.

by Anonymousreply 4610/11/2020

I'd rather wear no socks than wear a suit.

by Anonymousreply 4710/11/2020

Other people.

by Anonymousreply 4810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 4910/11/2020

I've never heard anyone pronounce "forte" as "fort." That must be a regional thing.

by Anonymousreply 5010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5110/11/2020

R41, Be best!

by Anonymousreply 5210/11/2020

Have a blessed day, r51!

by Anonymousreply 5310/11/2020

R53, that one too.

by Anonymousreply 5410/11/2020

KEY TAKEAWAY: Eldergays have a high number of triggers. Hence all the hissing.

by Anonymousreply 5510/11/2020

The dreaded glottal stop, along with glottal fry.

by Anonymousreply 5610/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 5810/11/2020


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.”

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by Anonymousreply 5910/11/2020

R34 they are different. FOR-tay is used only in music.

by Anonymousreply 6010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 6110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 6210/11/2020

That horrible Silver Singles commercial, when she says “I wanted to get back into dating again...” like it’s a sport or something.

by Anonymousreply 6310/11/2020

(R34) How often do you hear people say this?

by Anonymousreply 6410/11/2020

Biden supporters.

by Anonymousreply 6510/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 6610/11/2020

R56 uh yes. There are these young women at work that pronounce Button "buh-EN" and Martin "Mut-EN"


by Anonymousreply 6710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 6810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 6910/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7110/11/2020

No problem is much better than "no worries".

by Anonymousreply 7210/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7310/11/2020

Drivers who don’t use the turn signal.

by Anonymousreply 7410/11/2020

People who use antiquated phrases like “found purchase”.

by Anonymousreply 7510/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7610/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 7810/11/2020

Dangers of dictating a response — *accept*

by Anonymousreply 7910/11/2020

"I can't even".

You can't even WHAT, fuckwad?

by Anonymousreply 8010/11/2020

“Pivot”, like all corporate buzzwords, came from nowhere and is now EVERYWHERE.

The expression “in and of itself” - verbal and written Hamburger Helper.


by Anonymousreply 8110/11/2020

Why are you obsessed with China, r70? So weird.

by Anonymousreply 8210/11/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 8310/11/2020

New buzzword - inflection point. Where did that come from?

by Anonymousreply 8410/11/2020

Agree with OP. Best reminds me of “be best.”

by Anonymousreply 8510/11/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 8610/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 8710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 8810/11/2020

"Found purchase" is pretty awful.

by Anonymousreply 8910/11/2020

That one idiot in every Zoom meeting or group work chat that constantly asks inane questions.

by Anonymousreply 9010/11/2020

^^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 Anonymousreply 9110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9210/11/2020

“Close proximity”

by Anonymousreply 9310/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9410/11/2020

Ops - forgot to list the phases above

by Anonymousreply 9510/11/2020

"Robust." It used to be used only in coffee commercials. Now it is corporate buzzspeak.

by Anonymousreply 9610/11/2020

[quote] Why are you obsessed with China, [R70]? So weird.

I mentioned it once, wtf are you talking about?

by Anonymousreply 9710/11/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 9810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 9910/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 10010/11/2020

[quote]1. It's not a complete sentence.


by Anonymousreply 10110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 10210/11/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 10310/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 10410/11/2020

R103 and all those phrases are equally stupid.

by Anonymousreply 10510/11/2020

What's wrong with "You're welcome" and who are these English teachers it has fallen out of favor with?

by Anonymousreply 10610/11/2020

English with Lucy also thinks "you're welcome" is overused.

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by Anonymousreply 10710/11/2020

"Of course" as a response to thank you is also annoying.

by Anonymousreply 10810/11/2020

Fuck that bitch!

by Anonymousreply 10910/11/2020

Endless travel

by Anonymousreply 11010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11210/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11310/11/2020

R112 How have I not ever heard that phrase. What is it even supposed to mean?

by Anonymousreply 11410/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11510/11/2020

"What's your damage" kind of annoys me.

by Anonymousreply 11610/11/2020

R116, I haven't heard that phrase since Heathers.

by Anonymousreply 11710/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11810/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 11910/11/2020


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 Anonymousreply 12010/11/2020

R98’s post proves it’s not what you say but how you say it that makes a difference.

by Anonymousreply 12110/11/2020

My condolences, r120.

by Anonymousreply 12210/11/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 12310/11/2020

R115 weird I have never once heard someone say "no joy." I wonder if it's a regional thing?

by Anonymousreply 12410/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 12510/11/2020

“May I help who’s next?” bugs me. It just doesn’t sound right, though I guess it’s technically proper English.

by Anonymousreply 12610/11/2020

Pubes left on the bar of soap. I find it rude.

by Anonymousreply 12710/11/2020

People who don't pay attention to hogging up the whole g.d. sidewalk.

by Anonymousreply 12810/11/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 12910/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 13010/11/2020

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.

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by Anonymousreply 13210/11/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 13310/11/2020

“Start a conversation.”

by Anonymousreply 13410/11/2020

People who have to back into parking spot even when there's a huge line of cars behind them.

by Anonymousreply 13510/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 13610/11/2020

People who drive really really slowly. Got stuck behind someone doing 30 in a sixty zone. I wanted to kill them.

by Anonymousreply 13710/11/2020

R87: in Ireland, they ask "do you need a bag?" in shops, as customers are more likely to answer "no."

by Anonymousreply 13810/11/2020

R137, I wouldn't necessarily call that meaningless...especially if you're running late for something important.

by Anonymousreply 13910/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14010/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14110/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14210/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14310/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14410/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14510/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14610/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 14710/11/2020

R19 "I'm sorry for your loss".

My knee-jerk response has often been, "Why? Did you have anything to do with it?"

by Anonymousreply 14810/11/2020

R40, Same for the word "cache".

by Anonymousreply 14910/11/2020

The guys who have to use the urinal or bathroom stall right next to you when there are up to 10 available.

by Anonymousreply 15010/11/2020

I’ve always irrationally disliked “Greetings” as a salutation. Unless, of course, one is an alien. “Greetings, earthlings,” is then an acceptable salutation.

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by Anonymousreply 15110/11/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 15210/11/2020

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 Anonymousreply 15310/11/2020

I HATE HATE the words craft and curate. Shut the fuck up you millennial asshole

by Anonymousreply 15410/12/2020

‘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 Anonymousreply 15510/12/2020

People "feeling blessed" in their social media posts (brags)

by Anonymousreply 15610/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 15710/12/2020

R145 And price point instead of price range - often said on House Hunter - 'it's outside of our price point'

by Anonymousreply 15810/12/2020

Banks and stores that make staff say "Next Guest" to people waiting in line. I'm not a guest, I'm a customer!

by Anonymousreply 15910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 16010/12/2020

People who don't push their chairs back to the table when they get up to leave.

by Anonymousreply 16110/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 16210/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 16310/12/2020

“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 Anonymousreply 16410/12/2020

[quote]Wearing a suit sans socks. Disgusting.

How very DARE you!

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by Anonymousreply 16510/12/2020

"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.

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by Anonymousreply 16710/12/2020

"The DNC rigged the primary"

"Bernie would have won!"

by Anonymousreply 16810/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 16910/12/2020

Rose Twitter.

by Anonymousreply 17010/12/2020

The use of “clap back” or “we need to talk about...” in news or story headlines

by Anonymousreply 17110/12/2020

R168. Those send me into a rage too.

by Anonymousreply 17210/12/2020

So... this happened..."

by Anonymousreply 17310/12/2020

[quote]I’m always surprised how many supposedly we’ll-educated say “between you and I”.


by Anonymousreply 17410/12/2020

[quote]even if there is other free seats.


by Anonymousreply 17510/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 17610/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 17710/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 17810/12/2020

'I was this many days when I learned'

by Anonymousreply 17910/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 18010/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 18110/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 18210/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 18310/12/2020

I DON'T like when people say NO WORRIES which has seemed to replace NO PROBLEM.

by Anonymousreply 18410/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 18510/12/2020

The fork never leaves my hand long enough to be put down.

by Anonymousreply 18610/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 18710/12/2020

I love you, r187.

by Anonymousreply 18810/12/2020

...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 Anonymousreply 18910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 19010/12/2020

Who knew "found purchase" was objectionable

by Anonymousreply 19110/12/2020

I hate when news reports redundantly mention that “So and so died tragically...”. Well, duh.

Why not “amusingly,” “deservedly” or “adorably”?

by Anonymousreply 19210/12/2020

192 responses in one day.

Safe to assume Dataloungers live annoyed lives.

by Anonymousreply 19310/12/2020

People who "call" bullshit. Just say "bullshit." Who cares what you "call"?

by Anonymousreply 19410/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 19510/12/2020

Married men looking to hook up with discrete guys.

by Anonymousreply 19610/12/2020

People who say "So and so called my phone." What else would they call?

by Anonymousreply 19710/12/2020

Remember when "Absolutely!" was a big thing around 2007? Ugh.

by Anonymousreply 19810/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 19910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 20010/12/2020

Tell me about it.

by Anonymousreply 20110/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 20210/12/2020

[quote]I am a white boomer man, [R115], and I have never heard "no joy" before. Not even once.

Me either

By the way, there is nothing new about signing correspondence with "best". I remember letters closing this way before email even existed.

by Anonymousreply 20310/12/2020

R194 will never, ever call shenanigans.

by Anonymousreply 20410/12/2020

California upspeak.

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 Anonymousreply 20510/12/2020

R192 Reporters who say the fire "totally engulfed" the house. Engulfed means totally. And "five different countries." Same meaning without "different."

by Anonymousreply 20610/12/2020

When people say “hundred percent” to indicate they agree with what the other is saying.

by Anonymousreply 20710/12/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 20810/12/2020

What is a "found purchase?"

by Anonymousreply 20910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21010/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21110/12/2020

I've been hearing "real quick" as long as I've been alive, r211. Might it be a North Jerseyism?

by Anonymousreply 21210/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21310/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21410/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21510/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21610/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21710/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21810/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 21910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 22010/12/2020

R218, that would be Wallace Shawn, who also wrote the film and a number of wonderful plays.

by Anonymousreply 22110/12/2020

[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

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by Anonymousreply 22210/12/2020

"Another senseless murder..."

As opposed to what, a sensible one?

by Anonymousreply 22310/12/2020

The word "very" has no objective meaning.

by Anonymousreply 22410/12/2020

"He gifted me a..."

It's "He gave me a..."

by Anonymousreply 22510/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 22610/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 22710/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 22810/12/2020

*...Was that a real WORD

by Anonymousreply 22910/12/2020

[quote] I can't stand "problematic".

Few things irritate me more.

(I left out ‘very’ in deference to r227’s professor.)

by Anonymousreply 23010/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 23110/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 23210/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 23310/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 23410/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 23510/12/2020

Weather people who say the snow will cover Bergen and Hudson County,. It's counties !!!

by Anonymousreply 23610/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 23710/12/2020

"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 Anonymousreply 23810/12/2020

R174 I made that mistake and left the ‘by’ out. You made me laugh and I ww’d you.

by Anonymousreply 23910/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24010/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24110/12/2020

While we're on names ... people who insist on spelling their names in lowercase letters in all contexts

by Anonymousreply 24210/12/2020

[quote]People who refer to themselves in a definitive pronoun.

Have the millennials renovated "definite pronoun"?

by Anonymousreply 24310/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24410/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24510/12/2020

[quote] As opposed to what, a sensible one?

If you killed me, it would be sensible.

by Anonymousreply 24610/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24710/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 24810/12/2020

Or maybe - how ARE your parents?

by Anonymousreply 24910/12/2020

Girls! Girls! You're ALL pedantic!

by Anonymousreply 25010/12/2020

Talking on the cell phone or watching videos without headphones in public places is trashy and completely devoid of manners.

by Anonymousreply 25110/12/2020

Unless you’re hot and watching porn.

by Anonymousreply 25210/12/2020

People who say they care and fail to match words with behavior.

by Anonymousreply 25310/12/2020

Oh GOD how I hate the fucking pronoun bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 25410/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 25510/12/2020

People who shit and won’t flush. I do not understand this behavior!

by Anonymousreply 25610/12/2020

People who say "stand on line".

Fucked up.

by Anonymousreply 25710/12/2020

This thread really devolved into the Grammar Police Hoedown.

by Anonymousreply 25810/12/2020

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 Anonymousreply 25910/12/2020

I find "such and such is no joke" meaning something is really good to be mind numbingly annoying.

by Anonymousreply 26010/12/2020

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

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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 Anonymousreply 26210/12/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 26310/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 26410/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 26510/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 26610/13/2020

People who noisily unwrap lozenges or other candies in a theatre, never mind those who talk constantly during films and theatre.

by Anonymousreply 26710/13/2020

[quote]She wanted all the jagged edges of the keys facing the same direction.

Isn't that how everyone does it?

by Anonymousreply 26810/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 26910/13/2020

[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

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by Anonymousreply 27010/13/2020

Any Yelp reviewer that states the food was "Yummy" or an adult that refers to their parents as mommy and daddy.

by Anonymousreply 27110/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 27210/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 27310/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 27410/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 27510/13/2020

Mi piacciono i nomi italiani per tutte quelle città, r274 r275.

by Anonymousreply 27610/13/2020

[quote] Buzz words and phrases like “wheelhouse”

Surprise them & replace wheelbarrow” with “bailiwick.”

“Not my bailiwick, mate.”

by Anonymousreply 27710/13/2020

Men over forty who wear jeans.

by Anonymousreply 27810/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 27910/13/2020

The Americanized word burglarized, as in, "The delinquent youths burglarized the bakery and made off with $300". The word is burgled, Americans.

by Anonymousreply 28010/13/2020

R273, which English borrowed from the French (Rome, Milan, Venise, Florence, Italie).

by Anonymousreply 28110/13/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 28210/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 28310/13/2020

I don’t have “microphone” under my apps. I have “cellular data,” though.

by Anonymousreply 28410/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 28510/13/2020

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 one cares about any of the other stuff.

by Anonymousreply 28610/13/2020

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.

So dumb.

by Anonymousreply 28710/13/2020

Where do you here "You won the internet"? That one is new to me. Is it a British thing?

by Anonymousreply 28810/13/2020

R266, it's a parking lot, not a car park. It's a cart corral, not a cart carrel.

by Anonymousreply 28910/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 29010/13/2020

[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.

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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 Anonymousreply 29210/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 29310/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 29410/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 29510/13/2020

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

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by Anonymousreply 29610/13/2020

Time-consuming ritual? It's 10 seconds, max.

by Anonymousreply 29710/13/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 29810/13/2020

[quote] Men over forty who wear jeans.


by Anonymousreply 29910/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 30010/13/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 30110/13/2020

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.

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My post reminded me:

People who put the $ symbol AFTER the denomination so it looks like this:

“I spent 5$ on that coffee!”

by Anonymousreply 30310/13/2020

It really is.

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by Anonymousreply 30410/13/2020

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 Anonymousreply 30510/13/2020

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.

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[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 Anonymousreply 30710/13/2020

R279 - One of mine is "referenda" - the plural is actually referendums.

by Anonymousreply 30810/14/2020

Agenda is plural.

by Anonymousreply 30910/14/2020

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 Anonymousreply 31010/14/2020

People who refer to women as “females”. It’s so damn trashy.

by Anonymousreply 31110/14/2020

Farting while I’m eating your ass

by Anonymousreply 31210/14/2020

When people pronounce the "t" in "often"

by Anonymousreply 31310/14/2020

I love when people pronounce the T in often!!

by Anonymousreply 31410/14/2020

I hate when people say "drizzle" when describing food.

by Anonymousreply 31510/14/2020

Both pronunciations of "often" are acceptable.

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by Anonymousreply 31610/14/2020

Not using a capital first letter for my name.

I'm worth the capitalisation people!

by Anonymousreply 31710/14/2020

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 Anonymousreply 31810/15/2020

R309 - Yes, agenda is plural. But the plural of referendum IS referendums.

by Anonymousreply 31910/15/2020

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 Anonymousreply 32010/15/2020

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 Anonymousreply 32110/15/2020

[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 Anonymousreply 32210/15/2020

"This thread is full of win!"

Thankfully, that phrase seems to have died out.

by Anonymousreply 32310/15/2020

[quote] Not using a capital first letter for my name.

Oh get over it

by Anonymousreply 32410/15/2020

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 Anonymousreply 32510/15/2020

^^^^ Weighs .....

by Anonymousreply 32610/15/2020



by Anonymousreply 32710/15/2020

The way English speakers pronounce Latin.

by Anonymousreply 32810/15/2020

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 Anonymousreply 32910/15/2020

Doctors Without Borders are doing good, as in doing good things for others.

by Anonymousreply 33010/15/2020

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 Anonymousreply 33110/15/2020

Not meaningless, r331.

by Anonymousreply 33210/15/2020

When people smell their fingers when exiting the restroom.

by Anonymousreply 33310/15/2020

[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?'

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"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 Anonymousreply 33510/17/2020

“Have a great REST OF your day!”

You can’t just say “have a great day!”?!?

by Anonymousreply 33610/17/2020

Have a good one, r336.

by Anonymousreply 33710/17/2020

The correct reply to "have a good one" is, "I do—I just wish it were bigger."

by Anonymousreply 33810/17/2020

Yes, I use that George Carlin line all the time:

“I already have a good one! I’m looking for a longer one!”

by Anonymousreply 33910/17/2020

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.

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