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Ouch… That Hurts!


We harp a lot about jargon as the enemy of clear communication. Littering writing and speaking with annoying phrases should also be taboo. Below is a list of what a group of Oxford University researchers consider to be the “Top 10 Most Irritating Expressions in the English language.”

1 – At the end of the day
2 – Fairly unique
3 – I personally
4 – At this moment in time
5 – With all due respect
6 – Absolutely
7 – It’s a nightmare
8 – Shouldn’t of
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science

A tip of the hat…or bowler…to the team for this great act of public service.

–Bruce Trachtenberg

Photo from  sokabs on Flickr.com. Used with gratitude under a Creative Commons license. Click for terms.

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