1. "You can't afford NOT to!" Yes, yes, I can afford not to. That's the point. If I could afford to, we wouldn't be having this conversation. I don't care if it IS cheaper in the long run to buy the fifty gallon tub of ketchup, I can still only afford the 16 oz bottle. Having the knowledge that I would save a couple dollars eventually does not make the extra twenty dollars appear like magic in my checking account. I don't care that a forty dollar supplement would be priceless because it is NOT priceless, it is forty dollars. Go ahead and sell me on something and tell me I can't afford NOT to: I'll smack you upside your self righteous head with my empty purse. I can't put a price on so-and-so or such-and-such? Yes, I can. There's a price tag right there in plain sight and guess what? I can't afford it.
2. "Get out of your comfort zone!" Right after I smack you upside your head with my purse I'm going to karate chop you for telling me this. Have you ever noticed that when people tell you to do this, they are bullying you into doing something that they themselves are very, very good at? Like a volley ball champion coaxing you into joining a game? A theater major telling you that stage fright isn't real? A type A personality who is great with numbers preaching at you about your finances? It would be like me telling you to get out of your comfort zone and put on a tutu. Come on, all the cool ballerinas are doing it! You wanna be cool, right? Get out of your comfort zone, man!
3. "Get out of your box!" See above. I like my box. It's mine. Not yours. Get your own. I'll come over for coffee sometime. We can hang. But I'm not going to live in your box and you aren't going to set up house keeping in mine.
4. "What's up?" I hate it when I call someone and this is how they greet me. It has nothing to do with being slang; I just always feel like there is somewhere else they'd rather be. Translation: why are you calling me and what do you want cuz I'd really rather be plucking my eyebrows than talk to you.
What expressions make you grit your teeth?