Words and Phrases that Annoy Asad123

-relevancy

There is no reason to use the word “relevancy.” Ever. Use the word “relevance” instead.  Save a syllable.

-irregardless

Here is another word that one should never use. The problem here probably has a fancy grammatical name, but it could just be called “double-dipping.” Like George Costanza dipping his tortilla chip back in the dip after taking a bite, the user of “irregardless” just does not know when to stop. When one wants to describe something that is heedless of something else, one can use either the word, “regardless” or “irrespective.” Both of those words would be correct. However, “irregardless” is never appropriate because it contains a negative prefix, “irr” and a negative suffix, “less,” making the word a double negative. It is as absurd as saying, “I am not not going to school” to mean “I am not going to school.”

-knocked up

This slang construction smacks of crudeness and vulgarity. Say a woman is “pregnant,” “with child” or even has “a bun in the oven.” But never refer to a woman as having been “knocked up.” It conjures images of a guy fiddling absentmindedly with buttons until lo and behold, a woman is suddenly in the family way.

-bling

It seems to me that “bling” is used exclusively by suburban whites who want to sound like urban blacks. If one wants a slang word for diamond, why not use “ice” ? UrbanDictionary is helpful at showing how ridiculous this word is. “The term “Bling Bling” refers to the imaginary ‘sound’ that is produced from light reflected by a diamond.” http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=bling

What are some words and phrases that annoy you? Why do they annoy you?

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  1. #1 by Ikram Hadi on August 23, 2009 - 10:55 am

    Saying “Period.” at the end of a statement. It is not only unnecessary, but it offends readers as the writer claims higher status with it.

  2. #2 by noonanjohnc on September 2, 2009 - 3:12 pm

    Guesstimate. They drives me up the wall. I mean, really. If it’s an estimate, fine. You’re using figures from before to come to some form of conclusion.

    However, a guesstimate just suggests you have NO idea what you’re ‘estimating’ and are scared people will find you out.

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