Sunday, March 28, 2004
According to the Plain English Campaign, the most irritating phrase in the english language is “at the end of the day”. The campaign surveyed 5000 people in over 70 countries to compile a list of the most irritating phrases. According to their website, they are “an independent organisation fighting for crystal-clear language and against jargon, gobbledygook and other confusing language.” The next most irritating are “at this moment in time”, “like”, and “with all due respect”.
Other things listed that I personally find are over-used (although not always irritating) are:
- I hear what you’re saying
- basically -> although I use this all the time!
- to be honest/to be honest with you/to be perfectly honest