“At The End Of The Day,” Which Phrases Irritate You The Most? “Irregardless,” “I Personally” Share Mine

According to this article from the Mother Country (The Telegraph), these are the top ten most irritating phrases:

The top ten most irritating phrases:

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

Those aren’t bad (I mean they are, of course), but I’d like to add my own. Because hey, this is America and we believe in taxation with representation and footballs that are mostly used by the hands and in giving the Queen an iPod and movies that don’t work.

So, what phrases irritate me? Let me put on my smarmy cap, which I hope doesn’t fit too well. Most of these I’ve used myself and don’t even know the dumb ones I still employ.

1. “Things of that nature…” Almost always used for filler with no real meaning. It was also used non-stop by former WVU coach Rich Rodriguez.

2. “Irregardless.” Never used properly, irregardless of who is trying.

3. “De-thaw.” Maye it’s just around here, but this is used pretty often. Note: It just needs to thaw, not de-thaw.

4. “As it were…” Also filler, gives me bad flashbacks. I prefer to employ the more popular “ummm, uh, ummm….” for filler.

5. “Put your John Henry right here…” This phrase is used around here a lot when asking some one to sign something. Um, I think you mean John Hancock. He’s the one with the famous signature. Could John Henry even write his name?

The most irritating thing? People who get irritated by the way less sophisticated people communicate. I’m all for saving civilization and rescuing language, but I don’t want to die on that hill. Especially with a smug look on my face. Because when it comes to not being smug, I’m the best around. I hope you notice, but talking about it further is like, so beneath me.


  1. I generally can clench my jaw, take a deep breath and get thru this. Even chuckle slightly sometimes. The only one that at the end of the day I found fairly unique and shouldn’t of been used was “rocket scientry”. I had a training class where about 6x the instructor said “this isn’t tough, it isn’t rocket scientry.”
    No. No it isn’t.

  2. Ugh. “Things of that nature” was used by a former coworker all the time. Incredibly annoying. But my least favorites currently:

    “It is what it is” – There are no words to describe how much I hate hearing that.

    “For all intensive purposes”, or the variant “For all intense and purposes” – I suspect you mean “For all intents and purposes”, but I don’t think you know what you’re saying.

    I’m sure there are more, but I don’t want to get irritated just thinking about them (which I will).

    And to your #5, I think you mean “Put your Herbie Hancock right here”. Everything I learned about life I learned by watching Chris Farley movies.

  3. word pronunciations can irritate me. For example, mischievous pronounced as miss chee vee ous. There is no I in the last syllable. I also fight rolling my eyes when people say laxadaisy instead of lackadaisical. Chimley instead of chimney just makes me laugh. As phrases go, I always am deflated when I hear a Christian bro or sis say “everything’s relative”.

  4. I, personally, am not sure what you are talking about at this moment in time. I think your notions on the subject are fairly unique and with all due respect absolutely disagree. At the end of the day, even though you think it’s a 24/7 nightmare, how can you slow down such progressive simplification of the English language? You really shouldn’t of. Such efforts only serve to undermine de-thaw-ing of old and dusty mindsets. Things of this nature are not rocket science, you know.

    Then again, maybe I shouldn’t of written this post either, as it were. But I’ll drive my steel John Henry right here anyhow.

  5. “But” is bad!

    “I like you, you seem like a nice enough guy, you’re sharp as a tack, funny as all get out, nice to a fault, sweet as a Tab bottle, lovely in all respects, BUT, you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny!”

    “Just hear me out!”

    “Listen Bob, we want to dangle you naked over this here well…just hear me out! Tom here is gonna douse your quivering flesh with a can of gasoline…Just hear me out!”


  6. My english-as-a-second-language husband often does the “more smarter” “more happier” flubdubs. I realize this is more a grammar issue, but it drives me crazy. I am guilty of using (…) WAY TOO MUCH ALL THE TIME when typing on a certain social network.

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