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Most hated cliches! by ev on 17 November 2008 7:10pm
 
Here are the top 20 most hated cliches as voted by BBC magazine readers:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7733264.stm

To be honest, in Australia we actually say 'basically' like it's going out of fashion.. ;)

Feel free to add your most hated or beloved cliches below, without pulling our (collective) leg.
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by Spursfan on 17 November 2008 7:49pm
 
Well I'm not being funny but to be honest, I basically say 110% of those phrases - and I aint joking!!!

;)
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by geordiegirl on 17 November 2008 8:53pm
 
'she was, like' - which really means 'she said'
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by canaveralgumby on 17 November 2008 11:14pm
 
With all due respect, I think they left one out.
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by TERRY S on 18 November 2008 12:14am
 
"At the end of the day.........etc". Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!!!!
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by Miss-M on 18 November 2008 12:38am
 
It really irks me when people preface a remark with, "You know..."

Unless we are blessed with the psychic power to know what the speaker is about to say, we DON'T know!!
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by Spursfan on 18 November 2008 8:20am
 
Sometimes the husband will say something like 'can you pass me the thingy, it's on the whatsit'. I get really cross when he does that as I don't know what the 'thingy' is or where the 'whatsit' is!!!

One thing that annoys me is when people do that thing where they go up at the end of a sentence as if it is a question if you see what I mean.

I must admit these so-called cliches don't bother me a jot though. I use a lot of them myself but it doesn't mean I am uneducated. I have a good education (with a degree) and I had elocution lessons (I wanted to be an actress and thought the certs from RADA would be useful!!) at school. At the end of the day they are just part of everyday language.
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by perfectbitch on 18 November 2008 11:20am
 
Oh! Anne, I had to laugh - "whatsit" and "thingy" were terms Nick used quite often. It was worse when this involved the 'phone. Thanks for the memory.

I often use "on the other hand", which I don't particularly like.

Linz
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by ev on 18 November 2008 11:27am
 
Spursfan: "One thing that annoys me is when people do that thing where they go up at the end of a sentence as if it is a question if you see what I mean."

That's VERY common in Australia :)
 
Re: Most hated cliches! by Spursfan on 18 November 2008 12:03pm
 
Prhaps it's a man thing, Linz!!

Ev - I also notice my sister and nephews (NZ) do it but it sort of sounds normal when they do it. It sounds more contrived and put on when we do it.
 
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