Thursday, January 5, 2012

Expressions I Hate

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?


  1. it's "tweezing," not "plucking." Plucking is for chickens! Oops, looks like you found one of the expressions I hate. ;oP

  2. "Come to Jesus" Seriously. Unless you are talking about the Savior of the world, we are not having a "come to Jesus" talk. It's one of my BIGGEST pet peeves. I can't stand it. If you want a co-worker to do a better job, they don't need a "come to Jesus" talk (well they might need an introduction to our Savior, but that won't help them arrive on time), they need to know that their about to lose their job! Seriously.

  3. Lorna, don't make me come over there and pluck you!

    Heather, haha, I say that one all the time! ;)

  4. I equally dislike your hated expressions. I also can't stand "you deserve it," however kindly it's meant. I don't like it when people say "like" every other word (and yes, I like say like, way too much. "I'm like" is another annoying one. At least I don't say "he was all, and she was all, and he goes, and then she goes, like, you know..." "Irregardless" when you mean "Regardless" and "I could care less" when you mean "I couldn't care less." Of course I hate OMG under all circumstances. A lot of people dislike "whatever." I like it. It's a fun way of dismissing annoying comments. "You should get out of your comfort zone." "Whatever." See? It's fun.

    1. Oh, Lynn, I am absolutely in agreement about "You deserve it!" (most recently in spa ads on the local Christian station over Christmas *shudder*) and "irregardless" (and all other non-words masquerading as real words--completely made-up words are fine with me, though!).

  5. Lynn, I totally, like, get the like, "you could care less one," when you mean like, "you couldn't care less!" Wink, wink, nudge, nudge.

    And I must feel the same way about "whatever" because I say I don't like it, but I use it all the time. Kinda like the word crap. I would never! Oh crap. Whatever.

  6. Oh I do not like the expression, "Whatever". Not only does it feel dismissive but a bit disrespectful of the other person's feelings.

  7. I have a friend who said "Speak" one time when I called her. Oh, I put an end to that real quick!!!

  8. What about, "I mean this in the nicest possible way."? Really? What you're about to say is going to be nice? I doubt it!

  9. Erin,
    I have said that before to my kids...I should remember I'm raising humans and not Labradors, eh?

  10. Thank you for making me feel less guilty about not always buying in bulk. Sometimes the small containers just fit better in the fridge, in addition to being an easier bill to stomach!

  11. How about the saying, "he/she means well...". Do they really mean well? Probably not, or you wouldn't be having the conversation. Also, when we went to that one church I couldn't stand the question," how's your heart?". Obviously not good if we are having this conversation....and really is it your business at all? Because if it was, and we were really friends, I would have told you in the first place. Seriously, which is my favorite saying by the way!