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Quit Saying That! – Part 3 – But wait, there’s more!

You think I would have found the end of all of the awful words and phrases we cannot stand. Nope. Here ya go.

Brace yourself
To die for
Love you to the moon and back
Live. Laugh. Love
Pop of color
And… go!
To be perfectly honest with you 
No problem (instead of you’re welcome)
You people
We are pregnant
I seen
Throw shade
Spill the tea
Clap back
He doesn’t give you more than you can handle
BOGO (when its not actual Buy one get one free)
Curb appeal
Nerd alert
I bet I don’t even get one share
Have a blessed day
To make a long story short
I was today years old
Nom nom nom
I can’t wrap my head around this
In agreeance
He goes (instead of He said)
The fact of the matter is
Dead ass
No offense but
I’m gutted
Dilly Dilly
This is true
Not so much
I know, right?
Wait, what?
Dark Money
Well I’ll be darned
Look on the bright side
Dance Mom/Soccer Mom/Baseball Mom
Hot enough for ya?
Well butter my butt and call me a biscuit
Think piece
Same Difference
Just Saying
Agree to Disagree
Fake news
Mouth Feel
Touch Points
Thought leader
You do You

Can you believe there’s a Part One and Part Two?

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Quit Saying That! Part 2 – More Phrases and Words That Must Stop

OK so I really had no idea that there would be a Part Two to the post I wrote called ‘Quit Saying That! The List of the Worst Sayings on the Internet and in Real Life.’ But here it is. Why? Because after I posted the first one, the Facebook comments, tweets, and co-workers hit me with a ton of other phrases that drive them crazy. This time they are in no particular order.

What’s up with that?
Throw under the bus
For the win
Back in the day
You’re killing me smalls
I’m not gonna lie
My bad
Sexy time
Kodak moment
So on and so forth
It’s all good
That’s what she said
No worries
For the record
Now more than ever
Pushing the envelope
Come to Jesus
Threw up in my mouth a little
Miss your face
That’s what I’m talking about
Deal with it
Wow, just wow
Best Thing Evar
Stupid is as stupid does
What’s the big deal?
With that being said
That moment when
In my humble opinion (IMHO)
In case you missed it (ICYMI)
8 things people who are better than you do every day
The __ Daily’s is out!
That’s gonna leave a mark
Please Advise
For real?
I die
Mike, Mike, Mike, What day is it?
This one time at band camp
It’s not rocket science
All that and a bag of chips
Dance like no one’s watching
I mustache you a question
I’m feelin’ some type of way
NEthing spelld liek thisssss <<<<<3333
Said no one ever
Wow. Much bad. So annoy. (Doge speak)
Don’t hate the player, hate the game
Fo shizzle
Like a boss
Can you not
Hashtag (as a spoken word)
Cray Cray
O rly?

Here’s the first part of this story And here’s the next part of this story

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Quit Saying That! The List of the Worst Sayings on the Internet and in Real Life

At the end of the day let’s think outside the box, shall we?

Thanks to a recent Washington Post article highlighting a list of phrases that the journalists are doing away with, I started thinking about the words and phrases that really annoy me. This led to a conversation with my roommate wherein we spent the better part of 2 hours rattling off the worst things said on the internet, in everyday conversation and at work. The WP article was my inspiration but was not in front of me during the list making venture so I am sure there is some crossover which further substantiates the claim that the phrase needs to leave our collective lexicon.

Not Real Words:


Incorrectly Pronounced or Used:

All intensive purposes
Alternative instead of Alternate (Do you have an alternative phone number?)
Ironically (when no irony was involved)
Literally (when describing something that figuratively happened)
Shouldn’t of (Shouldn’t have)

Internet Speak:

Anything that is “pure gold”
Will make your life
Won the internet
Best thing ever
Restore your faith in humanity
30 things every ____ knows about
10 things you didn’t know about ____
17 signs that you’re ____
So this happened
The ____ thing you’ll see all day
What ____ can teach you about ____
Brace Yourself
Keep Calm and ____
____ is your new favorite thing
Which ____ character are you?
10 things you’ve been doing wrong your whole life
Click bait
Link bait
Life hack
The Internet of Things
RT / Share if you agree
You won’t believe what happened next
Spoiler Alert
America’s sweetheart

Business Jargon:

Game changer
Best practices
Taking it to the next level
Tipping point
Move the needle
Out of pocket
Off the grid
At the end of the day
Phoning it in
Checked out of the conversation
Bleeding edge technology
Go-to guy
Think outside the box

Conversation Bombs:

You know what I’m saying?
You know what I mean?
You see what I did there?
By the by
It is what it is
If you will
Just to be clear
As you all know
Just Sayin’
Everyone knows that
For the most part
I swear to God
Ya think so?
I’m sorry but
You people
Wait for it
Not to mention
What it boils down to
Not a fan
Jumped the shark
Neverending battle
Moving on
FYI (in conversation, pronounced Eff Why Eye)
You’ve got to be kidding me
Bless your heart
You don’t say
With all due respect
I know, right?
Oh, please
Are you for real?
Shall we?
You’re telling me

I am guilty of using so many of these and actually had to measure my words during the completion of this post. I’m sure this list is not exhaustive, did I miss one? – Vikki

There were so many suggestions, there’s a Part 2! And now a Part 3!

When People’s Dining Habits Make You Crazy

Since the beginning of mankind humans have gathered together to eat food in a communal fashion. You would think after thousands of years certain criteria for dining in a group would be “set in stone” as it were to keep peace among the natives. However, time and again I find people doing the same disgusting and irritating things over and over again. When you bust them they look at you blankly like “What’d I do?” or the smile mischievously for they know they’ve been caught in a faux pas. The worst offenders in my mind are as follows:

1)   Double-dipping – I don’t care if you 3 or 93 this is by far the most disgusting of communal eating wrongs. What makes you think I want your saliva in my taco dip? How about I come over and put a booger in your spaghetti sauce? I feel these two things are equivalent. Even worse is watching a snot nose kid put a soggy sucked-on Ritz back in a couple of times. YUCK! And yes this goes for chefs putting the spoon back in the pot after a taste.

2)   Touching all of the food – I once watched a 6 year old touch every piece of cake on a buffet line. I think he was counting them?? Yay for math, boo for your frog-catching grimy mitts on the dessert. You know children don’t wash their hands (neither do some adults) and they for sure itch their privates, play with their gum and pick their noses. This goes for dipping your bare fingers into bowls of food, cakes, etc. Tongs, people, tongs!!!

3)   Eating the best part of a dish to pass – Please quit eating all the cheese off the bean dip, all the bacon off the baked beans and picking all of the shrimps out of the pasta salad. Yeah, I know, it’s your favorite part. But it’s everyone else’s favorite part too!! What entitles you to the cream of everything?

4)   Eating over the pan – I went to one of those charity-social downtown type of things where they were serving a buffet of appetizers for the crowd. I’m minding my own beer when my friend A.M. says “Aw hell naw” and points out a fella eating a chicken wing over the whole chafing dish of wings. She strolls over to tell this guy the wing pan ain’t his momma’s kitchen sink and to grab a plate like a civilized person. AHAHAH. Get ’em girl. I mean really… these are adults!!

5)   The presumptive addition – Please do not squeeze lemon over the seafood appetizer we are all about to share! I hate lemon on my fried seafood and you ruined it for me! Same goes for salting or saucing. Also, as someone who strives very hard to make good food, please do not automatically salt my food before you eat. It shows your lack of forethought and an impulsiveness I find to be a character flaw.

6)   Chewing with you mouth open – No one wants to see your cud, moo-cow. Close your trap. (This goes for popping gum too)

7)   Blowing your nose in a restaurant – I’m halfway through a plate of bacon and eggs and you Mr. Booth-Next-Door decide it’s a good time to clear your sinuses into a hanky. Take it to the restroom!

8)   The loud extended burp – So many people feel it’s OK to burp loud and long at a table full of people. “It’s a compliment in Arab nations -hahah” STFU, it’s gross.

9)  Talking on the cell phone at dinner – It’s rude. It’s even ruder at a restaurant. It’s a rare treat for me to get to go out to eat and I don’t want to listen to you on the phone whether your my dinner companion or someone close by. Oh, it’s an important business call? Fine. Take it to the lobby. Now that I think about it, it is just as rude at home where I’ve spent time and energy to make a nice meal, tell them you’re at dinner and to call back, they’ll understand.

10)   Rude to the server – Making someone take 5 trips to the kitchen because you think of something you want each time they return is rude. Speaking down to staff is rude. Making a server stand there while you take 5 minutes to decide… rude. Tipping poorly, rude. They are a server, not a servant. I think everyone should spend 6 months as a server so they understand the grueling nature of restaurant service. They would never tip poorly or be obnoxious again. Oh and if your toddler just left a explosion of finger food all over a 5 foot radius, tip even better.

11) Taking half a donut from the break room. Here’s the thing, either you commit to eating a donut or you commit to NOT eating a donut. By taking a half you are just letting the next guy know that sadly they only get half of their favorite donut. (If they can get past the idea that you probably touched it to saw it in half). If you had eaten it entirely there would be less pain not knowing what might have been. Also taking half a bagel. OK I get bagels are a lot of carbs for one meal. If you’re going to take half a bagel, take the bottom half. Taking the top and leaving the stump is rude. Might as well take the whole thing because no one wants a stump OK?

12) Don’t feed the animals. So here in Florida we have seagulls, please don’t feed them. Our dinner will henceforth be ruined by a flock of dirty beach bum birds looking for another french fry. Also don’t give my dog people food. She’s prone to ralphing when not on her diet. (Off topic PSA: Bread is bad for ducks, feed them the duck chow in the gumball machines or nothing at all).

(Modified and reblogged from September 4, 2010)