Marist Poll, the polling organisation that works out of Marist College, has released details of its survey of the most irritating words in the English language. Obviously, this has a US slant, though it’s surprising how they actually tick a box on this side of the Atlantic, too (perhaps because some are clearly American):
- You know
- Just sayin’
I’d like to chuck in the following words/phrases:
- Aks (the word is “ask” – and no, you don’t sound “street”)
- Lulz (it’s not a word – it’s derived from the text speak acronym “lol” and you sound a prat)
- Fleg (don’t even go there)
- I personally (grrr)
- Shouldn’t of (have!)
- Absolutely (yes…)
- Sick (it does NOT mean good – it is what happens after you’ve been a dick and drunk too much – or caught the norovirus)
Please feel free to add your own pet hates.
I totally agree with your list and would add:
1. almost exactly (pick one or the other, it can’t be both)
2. pretty unique (is it unique or is it not?
3. chillax (Grr!!)
4. for free (‘free.’ or ‘ for nothing’s)
5. golf as a verb
6. antique – ditto (“we’re going antiquing” no, no, no!)
7. proper (very) (‘ I’m proper Hungary’s)
that’ll do for now!