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Overused words/phrases and pet peeves of the English language

I was listening to the CBC and they were talking with the person responsible for the 42nd annual LSSU List of Banished Words (like “post-truth,” “echo chamber,” “guesstimate,” and “listicle”). They were also taking emails and calls from the public on their pet peeves. It was all in good humour and was fun listening to everyone’s pet peeves. I thought we could bring that convo here. I’ll start:

– Moving forward

– At the end of the day

– The use of “like” to fill gaps in speech (I’m not perfect with this one but I try to be as conscious as I can)


What are some of yours?

View Profile 2017-01-11 06:08:06 PST

The use of the word “literally”. Obviously, most annoying when it used in a phrase to emphasize something that is in fact not literally true (eg. I literally died laughing). But, I find this word is overused in the correct context too.

Circle back

quite frankly


Using the word “period” to emphasize the end of a list


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View Profile 2017-01-12 00:51:50 PST

Love that list Ross. I can’t stand the use of literally also! David, in what way?

View Profile 2017-01-12 01:42:53 PST

Literally it’s “literally” — 100%! Ha.

When people misuse the phrase “I couldn’t care less” and say “I could care less.”

Even though I am one (a huge one!) the word “foodie” is totally overused and annoying now.

When people start off a sentence by saying, “To be honest…” — I mean, isn’t it assumed you’re always being honest when speaking? I guess not!

View Profile 2017-01-17 07:05:30 PST

To be honest, I’m guilty of this one myself!

View Profile 2017-01-17 07:14:44 PST

@Ross — what the hell does “quite frankly” even mean. Is it a polite way of being blunt?

View Profile 2017-01-17 11:32:15 PST

I loathe people using Master’s in Business Administration language, i.e. vetting, bottom line. I equally loathe travel cliches: bucket list, out of my comfort zone, travel bug, magnificent vista, amazing bar…

View Profile 2017-01-17 13:10:30 PST