Most irritating cliches

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Some years ago, the Plain English campaign ran a survey of the UK's most irritating phrases. Worst of the lot, apparently, was: 'at the end of the day'.

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?
  • 24-7
  • absolutely
  • address the issue
  • awesome
  • ballpark figure
  • basically
  • 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
  • literally
  • move the goalposts
  • ongoing
  • prioritise
  • 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)
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I actually quite like these ones as there isn't an obvious straightforward replacement:

(Original post by shooks)
  • ballpark figure
  • move the goalposts
  • prioritise
And what's wrong with "crack troops"?
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(Original post by chazwomaq)
I actually quite like these ones as there isn't an obvious straightforward replacement:



And what's wrong with "crack troops"?
Yeah, some of them seem like someone just had a bad day. Bit harsh to single out 'bear with me' as well.

Definitely missing 'get all our ducks in a row' from this list...
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"unmissable sale"
BT is a major offender
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'At the end of the day' is still the worst phrase ever IMO.
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"Utilise" in any context. Just say "use" already, quit wasting syllables.
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Giving 110%...........Impossible
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Are we excluding slang/roadman phrases here? Because if not..

  • Allow it
  • Dying/Creasing
  • Peak
  • Fam
  • Lit
  • Bare

"No offence" is another silly one, ironically used just before or after you say something offensive.
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Fammm this list is hella lit. I'm highkey snatched AF for these fire phrases tbh. Like, my weave is orbiting Jupiter because I'm so whipped for this stuff m8.
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"...do you know what I mean" :facepalm:

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(Original post by Fox Corner)
'At the end of the day' is still the worst phrase ever IMO.
No, "its not rocket science" is THE WORST!!!
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The word studying secretly means procrastination, if you say you will study, chances are it never happens.
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I literally want to kill people who misuse "literally".
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"islam is a religion of peace"
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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.
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(Original post by Fox Corner)
'At the end of the day' is still the worst phrase ever IMO.
When I hear 'At the end of the day', I just start singing 'you're another day older' to myself. Oh Les Mis :rofl:
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Literally- when people use it inaccurately it just sounds silly.
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(Original post by chazwomaq)

And what's wrong with "crack troops"?
whats wrong with half of the quotes she posted, ffs
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when ppl say 'looks dont matter' ffs ofc they do and deep down you know it
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(Original post by Vikingninja)
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.
right but whats the alternative, come up with a constructive plot and develop the story further logically? f*** that :lol:

(Original post by NJA)
"unmissable sale"
BT is a major offender
dfs sale :facepalm2:

(Original post by Fox Corner)
'At the end of the day' is still the worst phrase ever IMO.
I like that one, it warms me up for whats coming next which is usually a concise conclusion of the conversation

(Original post by Dez)
"Utilise" in any context. Just say "use" already, quit wasting syllables.
but then how will we sound more sophisticated than we really are?

(Original post by ALYAMAANI)
Giving 110%...........Impossible
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now thats a cliche ofc


(Original post by Moonstruck16)
"...do you know what I mean" :facepalm:

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mmm thats one of the worst like how would I know your exact feelings and intentions? the person asking porbs knows the other doesnt get it either so its a waste

(Original post by chazwomaq)
I literally want to kill people who misuse "literally".
no one I know says that one anymore...
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