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  • Sharks 3 Mar 2010 07:54:39 5,136 posts
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    Fantastic
  • RabidChild 3 Mar 2010 08:17:05 2,283 posts
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    Fantastic is OK, unless extra A's are put in it. Faaaan-tastic!

    +1 on Nougat from the last page. I just can't bring myself to say 'noo-gar'.

    For some reason I hate the word 'tart' when used to describe food (as in taste, rather than a pastry dish).

    I also dislike 'ennui' because it makes me feel stupid since I found out how it's pronounced.

    Rotten. Bleugh.

    Veggies.

    Banter. For some reason it makes me think of Johnny Vaughn-style pricks who incorrectly think they're amazingly witty.
  • Deleted user 3 March 2010 09:14:02
    Every time I hear the word "courage" I think of macaroni cheese and Ronnie Corbett. I have no idea why.

    Not Ronnie Corbett eating macaroni cheese. In my mind I get a picture of macaroni cheese, followed by a picture of Ronnie Corbett.

    Oh fuck. Now I'm locked in a courage-cheese-Corbett loop!
  • Deleted user 3 March 2010 09:36:04
    The word learnt when not used in the proper context.
    I learnt someone today on how to use the dvd recorder.
    NO YOU DIDN'T YOU FUCKING TAUGHT THEM YOU CUNT.
  • sirtacos 3 Mar 2010 09:40:17 7,205 posts
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    Linkages.

    WHY do you feel the need to add "age" to a perfectly cromulent word? It's "links", you tit.
  • Lukey__b 3 Mar 2010 09:50:35 3,725 posts
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    It makes me cringe when people say ideal instead of idea.

    “I just had a good ideal”

    Really? I seriously doubt it.

    'Sup, what's guanine?

  • Trane 3 Mar 2010 09:51:11 4,049 posts
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    Preternatural.

    Don't know why, I just don't like it - and the author I've been reading uses it a lot =/
  • kalel 3 Mar 2010 09:52:16 83,884 posts
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    I'm starting to hate the word "challenge". Clients really seem to have latched onto it as a euphamism for complaint/criticism. Very annoying.
  • morriss 3 Mar 2010 09:55:19 70,753 posts
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    Anything starting with the prefix "meta"
  • billythekid 3 Mar 2010 09:56:56 10,809 posts
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    Contemporary
    Funky

    Two words that inexplicably annoy me. Funky is twice as bad when said in any form of northern accent.
  • Syrette 31 Aug 2010 20:27:30 41,902 posts
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    'alot'

  • Deleted user 31 August 2010 20:29:08
    Why in a certain context.

    "I love you"

    "Why?"

    "fuck off I told you loads of times"
  • Razz 31 Aug 2010 20:31:55 60,010 posts
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    I usually respond "Why not?"

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  • Sharks 31 Aug 2010 20:31:57 5,136 posts
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    Always a bad sign when someone uses the word utilise where use would suffice instead. Which is 98% of the time. So utilise, then.
  • Razz 31 Aug 2010 20:41:26 60,010 posts
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    I'm just utilising him for his money
    Drugs! Are you a utiliser?!

    Funny word... haven't used it in ages

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  • Deleted user 31 August 2010 20:42:37
    Razz wrote:
    I usually respond "Why not?"

    Will bear this in mind.
  • afghan_jones 31 Aug 2010 21:11:00 3,029 posts
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    'actioned'

    Put it on an action list, as an action, and then action it and mark it as actioned.

    Fuck you. Stop using action for everything just because you think it sounds positive and punchy.

    Twat.

    Also, 'ironical' which one of the dept heads in my office says instead of ironic all the time. Whilst missing the obvious irony.
  • mwtb 31 Aug 2010 23:27:40 2,381 posts
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    I went through a stage of trying to deny that certain usage annoyed me, but I've come to accept that there's a language curmudgeon streak in me. There are creeping Americanisms that really grate:

    * "Savings" as a singular - "That's a 60% savings!" "Only £5.99 this week, a great savings for you!"

    * Fucking adverbs, how do they work?
    "Hey, Joe. How are you?" "I'm doing good!"
    "Is the new car working out for you?" "Sure! It drives excellent!"

    /grind
  • Sharks 31 Aug 2010 23:30:54 5,136 posts
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    Mm, people saying sure when they should say surely bothers me a tiny bit. Thank goodness it doesn't really agitate me since I hear it every day.
  • FWB 31 Aug 2010 23:31:52 42,000 posts
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    Misuse of idioms. I won't give an example, because there are so many, but it's pseudo-intellectualism. "Ohh look what phrase I know." Yeah, well done Einstein, except you clearly have no idea what it means.
  • DFawkes 31 Aug 2010 23:33:00 22,078 posts
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    Addicting where the word addictive should be. It can fuck right off.

    I'd kick the living daylights out of the producers of Tipping Point - Ghandi

  • Sharks 31 Aug 2010 23:33:21 5,136 posts
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    On the subject of idioms, I've never really liked ''you can have your cake and eat it''.
  • Short-Round 31 Aug 2010 23:36:11 1,116 posts
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    Restaurant. Why isn't it pronounced how it's spelled (surely the last a and first au should be reversed)?!
  • Razz 31 Aug 2010 23:38:33 60,010 posts
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    It's one of them words.. like comfortable... com-for-tab-le, usually pronounced comf-tab-le and interesting, in-ter-est-ing, usually pronounced in-trest-ing.

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  • FWB 31 Aug 2010 23:43:13 42,000 posts
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    Vegetable and chocolate are the same. We also often use the unstressed form /ə/. Can is a good example. By itself it's pronounced kæn but in a sentence it's always kən.
  • Razz 31 Aug 2010 23:55:38 60,010 posts
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    Wow, I didn't even know about Vegetable, but it makes sense now. I'm going to use the correct pronunciation for a while and count how many people correct me. :op I've had it happen a few times with "Restaurant"

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  • FWB 31 Aug 2010 23:57:22 42,000 posts
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    Native speakers don't make mistakes. Or so my old CELTA instructor told me. So say whatever you like. :)
  • woodnotes 31 Aug 2010 23:58:08 4,916 posts
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    Period
  • FWB 31 Aug 2010 23:59:02 42,000 posts
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    woodnotes wrote:
    Period

    Doesn't have to stop you.
  • Deleted user 1 September 2010 00:03:13
    p.sure addicting & irregardless are words
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