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Irritating Phrases


Oxford University’s 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
  6. Absolutely
  7. It's a nightmare
  8. Shouldn't of
  9. 24/7
  10. It's not rocket science

Hat-tip to Theo Spark, who adds, “They missed out ‘It’s time for change’.”

One of mine: “A number of”
What is the number? Is it zero? Half a quajillion? Fourteen? I suggest replacing the phrase with the actual number, or “few”, “many”, “several”, “most”, or whichever conveys more information with fewer words.

Feel free to add your own in the comments…