Irritating phrases is the theme of this week’s Listography; Kate’s asked us to list the top five phrases that drive us crazy.
As soon as I mentioned it to Mike, he groaned. “I can see me being the highlight of this one.”
He’s astute. I’ll give him that.
1 – [Something] is as [something] does. Like ‘handsome is as handsome does’ or ‘stupid is as stupid does’. This is a classic (and very common) Mikeism. From Lancashire, I think, although he claims it appears in Forest Gump. I honestly can’t understand what it means; it sounds like absolute nonsense to me.
2 – Literally. Apart from when people actually mean literally, this one really irritates me. Literally.
3 – Per Se. This is another Mikeism, albeit a recent one. I think someone said it on the radio, I expressed my irritation with it and he’s been using it wherever he possibly can ever since. And I allow it to annoy me every time.
4 – I’m not being funny, but… Which usually comes before someone actually is being funny. And not in the ha ha way.
5 – Thinking out of the box. This irritates me for a whole load of reasons, but particularly because it was one of those business-speak phrases that was in vogue for a while and now just sounds tired and cringy.
And there we are. Quite enough irritating phrases for me. I’m sure I wasn’t in this poor a mood when I started writing this one.