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Favorite/least favorite/overused colloquialisms?


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Posted on Nov 29, 2012 7:33:16 PM PST
D. Thomas says:
What goes around comes around.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 7:37:02 PM PST
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Posted on Nov 29, 2012 7:44:11 PM PST
D. Thomas says:
I can't wrap my brain around that idea.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 7:45:34 PM PST
D. Thomas says:
Well, you need to grow a pair!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 6:11:11 AM PST
conservation of angular momentum.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 6:12:15 AM PST
Brian Curtis says:
Centrifugal force.

But now we're wandering into science cliches....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 6:19:58 AM PST
The best kind of cliches!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 30, 2012 6:36:23 AM PST
Bubba says:
Here in the South, it seems to be a little cooler this year. We had an unusually warm winter last year, only two days were cold enough to require a winter jacket.

I also can't believe that it's almost Christmas, although I do that every year.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 8:18:02 AM PST
(1) "literally" when one means "not literally". E.g., "Whenever he smiles at me my brain literally turns to jelly."

(2) "suspect" to mean "perpetrator". So often on the evening news I hear something like "The suspect broke in and took a large sum of cash. Police have no idea who the suspect is."

Posted on Dec 1, 2012 1:47:37 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 1, 2012 1:48:35 PM PST
"Oh well, that's life."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:02:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 8:02:48 AM PST
'probabilist says:
Among my least favorite / overused:

(1) Use of "reaching out" to mean "contacting", as in "We are reaching out to inform you that... "

(2) Marketing announcements with sentences that begin with "We are excited about...", or--even worse--include fake quotes from the CEO that begin with "I am excited about...".

Bleah.

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:05:42 AM PST
I quite like "reaching out". It exudes personal warmth - two arms towards you.

"We are excited about..." Why not? Marketing a new product is an exciting time for a company. I am sure they mean it.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:10:29 AM PST
'probabilist says:
> I am sure they mean it.

Heh. It's just a stock phrase that those who write press releases announcing new versions of software products use over and over and over and over...

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:13:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 8:13:30 AM PST
I disagree. I have been around marketing folk : there is genuine excitement about a new product.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:14:40 AM PST
'probabilist says:
I've been around marketing folk, too. Arrrgghhh.

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:18:11 AM PST
How about "free with purchase of..."

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:20:24 AM PST
They can be sweeties, even if a bit on edge at the time of a new product launch.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 8:38:24 AM PST
Songbird says:
"Reaching out"!! A coworker and I have a running tally on how many times people say that in the office. "Circle back" is another one. Officeisms.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 5:04:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 14, 2012 5:10:30 PM PST
'probabilist says:
> Officeisms.

Yeah.

"Take it to the next level" is another one that grates on me.

,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 5:05:17 PM PST
'probabilist says:
,.-)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 5:29:27 PM PST
S. Friedman says:
Speaking of officeisms, one that's been bugging me lately is, "have a discussion with."

What's wrong with 'talk to'?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 14, 2012 6:33:48 PM PST
It's not as pretentious.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 12:24:09 PM PST
Bubba says:
I had a boss who had a habit of suggesting "reaching out" to the vendor to help clear up a problem -- even if he had already been told that the vendor had been called or a ticket had been opened with the vendor.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 3:45:29 PM PST
Mickey says:
I don't normally pay much attention to colloquialisms, but "It's a no brainer" does grate on my nerves a little.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 3:55:47 PM PST
jpl says:
This isn't old enouth to be considered a colloquiolism, but it irritates the hell out of me:

There's no such concept as "cautiously optimistic".
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