Things People Say...

Vicki and I sat in a pub having a Sunday roast talking of all of those annoying habits that people have when they are just talking. Here's some of them:

ACTUALLY - As Vicki calls them, this is a sentence filler. It's normally said at the start of the sentence or sometimes the last word. Generally, people who use this word are aware of the overuse of the word 'basically' and have been known to use the word 'incidentally' as a replacement.


AHHH - Thanks to Emma for this one. Certain people, you know who you are, when they lean in to give you a hug, can't help themselves and say: "Ahhh."
Why? What are they really saying?


AT THE END OF THE DAY - This phrase is still quite popular but no less annoying. It's normally used by folk who are not familiar with more acceptable expressions like: 'in conclusion' or 'therefore' and 'ultimately.'


BASICALLY - Here's the Godfather of all un-needed expressions. This is the most hated word by anyone who cares about the English language and its use. It's a word that is not only the most over-used and superfluous word but it can also be deemed as offensive. To imply, that what follows after its use, is a more simplistic way of describing something, is to suggest that the recipient is incapable of understanding anything more technical! Lol.


CAN I GET A... - Typically said by people at the front of a queue in Costa or Starbucks, or somewhere equally as revolting. "Can I get a vanilla latte and a white chocolate mocha?" NO. Why ask that? You don't work there so it just sounds like you're asking if it's at all possible to help yourself and self serve. It's "Please may I have..." - Now come on!


DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? - Always at the end of something said and used purely to gain acknowledgement of what they've said.


GUYS - Just a generic term for a group of people, regardless of gender, apparently. NO. Just stop it. Thanks to Zoe for this one. Her example: 

I was once out with a hen party and was greeted by a waiter with a "hey guys!"
"No guys here! We're not on the set of Friends!"


I'M NOT BEING RUDE BUT... - This line is always followed by something said that is highly offensive or rude.


I'M NOT BEING FUNNY BUT... - This is a more unusual one and is only used when someone feels that what they're about to say may be deemed inappropriate, unhelpful or wrong but they still feel the need to say it anyway! What is certain is that what they go on to say is not funny!


INFLEXION (tone changes higher towards the end of the sentence) - We believe that this totally unacceptable. It gets worse the more someone does it in succession. I listened to a female caller who rang a show on LBC and she used the 'higher towards the end of each line' no less than 8 times.


KINDA - This single word is used for absolutely no reason at all. It's totally unnecessary and should even be banned. It either is or it isn't.


LIKE - This word seems to get added to every sentence... at the beginning or the end and sometimes in the middle just for a pause... AAARRGGHH. Just stop it! The offender tends to be young, say between 12-29 years old.


MWAH - Love this one. A friend posted on Facebook their objection to this habit of people that say MWAH when they kiss. Lol. (Thanks to John). It's bloody annoying and unacceptable. I'm now thinking... we don't do this with other signs of affection, do we? Someone doesn't greet you with a handshake and then suddenly say: 'Shake.'


OBVIOUSLY - This one only got added to this list in 2018. It's been around for a while but is incredibly over-used. Often starting a sentence, or ending one... like basically, for me the word obviously starts the automatic tally counter in my head. I counted how many times the word was said in a single episode of 'Love Island.' It was 43.


OMG and TMI - Ok... now these maybe trendy and a tad amusing but just stop it! It's lazy! Just because you may use them in a text message is not justification to say the letters out loud in conversation. The offenders here are also people who say things like A-SAP to mean as soon as possible. The only exception to this rule is TTFN to mean ta-ta for now... that's still quite endearing.


SO - here's a new-ish one (2015) - the word SO is being used at the start of a sentence. I first observed this when people were being interviewed on the telly but now I see that it has spread to people's statuses on Facebook. Stop it! Now! It's not necessary.


TURNS TO ME AND GOES... (or turns round and goes...) - Only used when someone is recalling a conversation that they've had with someone before.