Oxford University compiles a list of the ten most irritating phrases in public discourse.

I’d add “The fact that,” “fairly or unfairly,” and “going forward.”

The top ten:

1 – At the end of the day

2 – Fairly unique

3 – I personally

4 – At this moment in time

5 – With all due respect

6 – Absolutely

7 – It’s a nightmare

8 – Shouldn’t of

9 – 24/7

10 – It’s not rocket science

2 thoughts on “

  1. hopefully #8 is a stand-in for ALL the bizarre phonetic renderings of “n’t’ve” contractions.

    also ought to be present: “for no apparent reason” and “without further ado” (unless followed by “or ado from any distance”).

    also oxford university clearly only left out “massive” because they’re afraid of riots.

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