By Mark O’Neill
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
Researchers from a database called the Oxford University Corpus have compiled a list of the ten most irritating phrases – and I am a bit taken aback to discover that I say most of them! Ahem.
One of them, “I personally”, has been described by BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphreys as “the linguistic equivalent of having chips with rice.”
So how many of them do YOU say?
The top ten most irritating phrases:
1- At the end of the day
2- Fairly unique
3- I personally
4- At this moment in time
5- With all due respect
7- It’s a nightmare
8- Shouldn’t of
10- It’s not rocket science
I say 1, 3, 4 , 6, 9 and 10 – and chips is lovely with rice thank you.
What phrases irritate YOU the most?