Most irritating clichesWatch
In joint second place in the vote was 'at this moment in time' and saying 'like', like, all the time.
'With all due respect' came fourth.
As well as those, the following lot got (dis)honourable mentions as well. But the survey was done way back in 2004 and language changes pretty fast. What do you think - are these still the most annoying cliches? Or are there now others that are worse?
- address the issue
- ballpark figure
- basis ('on a weekly basis' in place of 'every week' and so on)
- bear with me
- between a rock and a hard place
- blue sky thinking
- boggles the mind
- bottom line
- crack troops
- diamond geezer
- epicentre (used incorrectly)
- glass half full (or half empty)
- going forward
- I hear what you're saying ...
- in terms of ...
- it's not rocket science
- move the goalposts
- pushing the envelope
- singing from the same hymn sheet
- the fact of the matter is
- thinking outside the box
- to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest
- touch base
- value-added (in general use)
I actually quite like these ones as there isn't an obvious straightforward replacement:
And what's wrong with "crack troops"?
Definitely missing 'get all our ducks in a row' from this list...
- Allow it
"No offence" is another silly one, ironically used just before or after you say something offensive.
This is more for anime but when the protagonist uses the power of bon- I mean willpower (anime fans will know what I'm referring to with the cut off part) to defeat their opponent... even though they were clearly weaker before.
now thats a cliche ofc