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drunkennewfiemidget
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I'm curious. Does anyone here get terribly annoyed bay anything that they shouldn't? Things that are either perfectly acceptable, or normal, or expected, and yet, drive you absolutely batty?

I have one (and it's what made me think of this).

'as per'.

e.g. "Sent e-mail, as per Pat's instructions."

I don't know why, but those two words side by side drive me nutty. I don't know why or what it stems from, but to me, it just screams of, "IM PRETENTIOUS AND USING PHRASES THAT SOUND STUCK UP EVEN THOUGH IM LAME".

I realise I need mental help. [Wink]

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I must be honest and say that there are few statements which other people say to frustrate me. However, I do find myself repeating phrases which I know I shouldn't repetitively say. These being...

"sort of"

"indeed"

"clearly", always something which should never be said in a presentation as seldom few can see how clear it is

and everybody's pet favourite...

"turned round and said" which I say so frequently, I am starting to become unaware that I am saying it.

A true saying which holds well for me is that "English is my only language and it is a shame as it's my worst one"

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"Laters" and "Toodles" make my skin crawl. No rational reason why though, so don't ask.

Cell phone ring tones also send me through the roof, though there's so many cell phones in my lab that I've been developing an immunity.

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Icon 1 posted April 07, 2005 16:27      Profile for littlefish   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
"Try and" when someone means "try to". It saves you one letter to be correct. Correct and concise- what more could one hope for?
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I highly recommend the book "Eats, shoots and leaves" I found out I was a secret punctuation freak. Funny book too!

I do find it funny when people write something and you know what they meant, but because of punctuation it sure isn't what they said. However that isn't an audio annoyance.

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Well, after a certain sequel I go postal whenever I hear concordantly, vis-a-vis, ergo and other similar words [Wink]

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At this point in time... [Roll Eyes]
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quote:
Originally posted by csk:
Well, after a certain sequel I go postal whenever I hear concordantly, vis-a-vis, ergo and other similar words [Wink]

I think you'll like this. [Razz]

I know there are perfectly ordinary things that drive me crazy. For instance, everything in my closet must face left. I just can't think of any others at the moment.

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quote:
Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:
I think you'll like this. [Razz]

Oh, yes, I'm a big fan of that (Justin Timberlake's best work). It's on the Matrix Reloaded DVDs somewhere, too.

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"Stereotype/ically"

"Basically"

"Like... like.... like..."

*shudder*

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Has anyone else noticed that this thread segues nicely with the "instruments of torture" thread below [Wink]

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I'm not aware of any phrases that annoy me per-se'. I'm sure that
you as a reader of this forum can understand the paradigm shift
I'm trying to outline. When it comes to the way we use language
we should all think outside the box. You can see this in the
convergence of the spoken word in person and the electronic
word as blogs in cyberspace. We should be careful though not
to correct others in public as that's just not profesional.

Ciao

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I admit to using "as per" in emails... usually when I'm pissed off because someone told me to do something, insisted that I had to follow their instructions exactly, and after wasting several hours of my time, I determine that their instructions are completely wrong. (Like they specify that I *must* install a specific version of a software package on a specific version of a specific operating system, and the software package gleefully declares it's incompatibility not only with the OS, but also the hardware platform, the time zone, my blood type, and my dog.) The "as per" comes out when I'm sending the email to their boss because I haven't been able to get them to answer their phone or reply to emails. I always CC them, though. =)

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quote:
Originally posted by littlefish:
"Try and" when someone means "try to". It saves you one letter to be correct. Correct and concise- what more could one hope for?

I think they mean to both try and succeed at whatever comes after their "and."

The words vis-a-vis, ergo, thusly and thus are used quite a bit in math and technical work... What I find funny is when in class math professors do:
A implies B. B implies C. C implies D. With a series of "thus"'s... "A is this, thus B is that, thus C is this and D is that..."

The other one that gets to me is when someone uses "if" and means "if and only if" ("iff") or vice versa.

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Well, something I don't think is acceptable, but has become rather commonplace is "or whatever". I hate when someone says something perfectly intelligent and follows it by "or whatever".

For example, a fellow math major in college would say things such as, "You need to prove that for every point in the set, there is an open neighborhood of that point contained within the set, or whatever."

It is all part of my theory that popular culture has made it uncool to be smart. Thus, to avoid being seen as a geek *shudder*, people use this phraise to invoke a sense of unsuredness, or simply to dumb things down a bit, or whatever.

Another one of my annoyances, or pet peeves, if you will, is "if you will". If you will what? Shoot you? Hand you that beer? What? What, I say!!?

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yeah, whatever.

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quote:
quote:Originally posted by littlefish:
"Try and" when someone means "try to". It saves you one letter to be correct. Correct and concise- what more could one hope for?

I think they mean to both try and succeed at whatever comes after their "and."

Bzzzt! Wrong. As Yoda says, do or do not, there is no try. If you are trying to do something, then you do not know if you will succeed, so it is bad form to use the 'and'. If you know you will succeed, you do not need the 'try' in there. Using 'Try and' should only be used in extreme circumstances for emphasising how hard you will try to achieve something.

And you mean try to succeed.

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quote:
Originally posted by Aditu:
I highly recommend the book "Eats, shoots and leaves" I found out I was a secret punctuation freak. Funny book too!

My ex-employer, after selling their business to my new employer, bought me that book. I haven't had the time to read it all, but I have read the first few pages, and it's been awesome already...

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Originally posted by TMBWITW,PB:

I know there are perfectly ordinary things that drive me crazy. For instance, everything in my closet must face left. I just can't think of any others at the moment.

I do stuff like that too, but in my defense, I'm a diagnosed sufferer of OCD. [Big Grin]
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irregardless - enough said.

The other is "you know" - which unfortunately, I am pretty guilty of.

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quote:
Originally posted by SupportGoddess:
I admit to using "as per" in emails...

Hmmm... I'm no doctor, but you could have "As-per-girl's Syndrome". [Big Grin]
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Around here people say "and stuff" a lot -- where it doesn't make any sense.

"...After it rained the sky turned blue and stuff"

They also use "to" in place of "at"

"The vet school is having an open house up to Cornell"

There are others, but the longer I'm here the more immune I become. Plus my wife has gradually expunged most of them from her speech [Wink]

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"over-exaggerate" bothers me.

I used to work at a tech support desk and the only thing they ever said was "good to go." After hearing that come from people I don't like constantly througout the day, it became one of my least liked phrases.

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There is one that really irks me, you know. It is when I hear people talking, you know, and they always insist, you know, on ending every phrase, you know with 'you know', you know.

I HATE THAT! [Mad]

First up against the wall when the Revolution comes [Wink] [Razz]

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Finishing every sentence fragment? With an uplift of inflection? So that it sounds like a question? [Mad]
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I hate the following conversation:
<conversation>
"Hey!"
"Hi! HowAreYou?"
"Good, HowAreYou?"
"Fine, thanks."
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I try to say "hi" to people I know just to be friendly, but when you're only stopping to say hi for a second or two, it's pointless to ask "How are You?" because you know they only answer you'll receive is "Good" or "Fine," even if the other person is having a terrible day. It's fine when you have a while to talk to someone and really ask how they are, but irritating when you only have a few seconds to talk.

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