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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
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« Reply #551 on: June 05, 2018, 11:14:37 AM »
I think there is enough in here for everyone to be upset about...

https://pueblo.craigslist.org/cto/d/2000-range-rover-land-rover/6602179372.html

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« Reply #552 on: June 05, 2018, 11:38:46 AM »
I think there is enough in here for everyone to be upset about...

https://pueblo.craigslist.org/cto/d/2000-range-rover-land-rover/6602179372.html

Ouch. Where's my red pen.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #553 on: June 05, 2018, 02:16:06 PM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH

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« Reply #554 on: June 05, 2018, 02:31:31 PM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH

Grammar, spelling, choice of words. It's got everything.

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« Reply #555 on: June 06, 2018, 12:01:15 AM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH
"The ball and chain" DITTO

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« Reply #556 on: June 06, 2018, 12:39:52 PM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH

Grammar, spelling, choice of words. It's got everything.

Cringe.  I regret looking at it.  Not an advertisement for whatever schools the seller attended.

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« Reply #557 on: June 11, 2018, 10:23:12 PM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH

Grammar, spelling, choice of words. It's got everything.

Cringe.  I regret looking at it.  Not an advertisement for whatever schools the seller attended.

Along with hubs, hubby, wifey lil mommy, lil daddy, et al.. Do people really need to refer to their spouses this way?

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« Reply #558 on: June 18, 2018, 06:43:04 AM »
I have a new pet peeve. I hate reading a library book where a previous reader has decided to be the editor and "fixed" all the "mistakes".

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« Reply #559 on: June 18, 2018, 07:02:50 AM »
I have a new pet peeve. I hate reading a library book where a previous reader has decided to be the editor and "fixed" all the "mistakes".

People DO that?!?!?  That's terrible, and terribly annoying. 


And now "terrible" looks like some weird mix of "tribble" and "terrier" and it's just some yippy fluffy dog that reproduces every 10 hours. /sigh

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #560 on: June 18, 2018, 07:03:31 AM »
"the little woman." UGH UGH UGH

Grammar, spelling, choice of words. It's got everything.

Cringe.  I regret looking at it.  Not an advertisement for whatever schools the seller attended.

Along with hubs, hubby, wifey lil mommy, lil daddy, et al.. Do people really need to refer to their spouses this way?

Sorry, but when I am referring to my Other Half I refer to him as The Hub. I only do it on websites when referring to him. Not in public.

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« Reply #561 on: June 18, 2018, 07:15:24 AM »
For some reason, I have an irrational dislike of DH/DW/DD/DS and all their variants.

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« Reply #562 on: June 18, 2018, 09:47:05 AM »
For some reason, I have an irrational dislike of DH/DW/DD/DS and all their variants.
Me too!  I thought I was the only one...

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« Reply #563 on: June 18, 2018, 09:54:50 AM »
Netflix and chill (Like, how did this become a euphemism for sex? How?!)
So what happens is, you invite someone over to see a movie, and while they are there, "maybe" one of you will initiate sex with the other. In much the same mold as "Would you like to come up and see my records?"

"Not for nothing, but..."

I've developed a strong hate for this phrase. It's a weird east coast thing. Makes no sense, and makes me cringe when I hear it.

What does "not for nothing" mean? I'm not from the east coast so having trouble figuring it out, beyond just the literal meaning.
In my experience, it means something like "I don't expect this to work" or "I don't think you're going to listen to me." or "I'm just saying." So:
"Not for nothing, but I think this project is pointless."
"Not for nothing, but that's the worst possible dress you could have come to this party in."
Apparently the original source is a poem, in which the meaning is literal "I am not doing this for nothing, attend to my reasoning. It's a good reason." and its common use is somewhat sarcastic, in light of the fact that if you have to tell someone "For a good reason, don't date that guy." instead of just "Don't date that guy." then they're probably not going to listen to begin with.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #564 on: June 18, 2018, 10:01:04 AM »
I was sitting in on a vendor demo for work and one of the reps started a sentence with "Ultimately..." at least two dozen times over the course of an hour.
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« Reply #565 on: June 18, 2018, 10:11:01 AM »
I also have an irrational negative reaction to this new thing everyone is doing in emails where they say "I'm moving Jim to BCC to save his inbox."  I was telling my BF about it, and he was like, "that's so clever, I might start doing that now!" and I was rankled even more.  I actually understand and agree, and see the efficiency of it, but somehow there's just something very...I can't find the right word, but sycophantic or showy or something about it, the way it is phrased vs. the efficiency of the technique.  I think I'm going overboard with it, but I still shudder at it the way a lot of people shudder at the word "moist."

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« Reply #566 on: June 18, 2018, 11:40:41 AM »
I also have an irrational negative reaction to this new thing everyone is doing in emails where they say "I'm moving Jim to BCC to save his inbox."  I was telling my BF about it, and he was like, "that's so clever, I might start doing that now!" and I was rankled even more.  I actually understand and agree, and see the efficiency of it, but somehow there's just something very...I can't find the right word, but sycophantic or showy or something about it, the way it is phrased vs. the efficiency of the technique.  I think I'm going overboard with it, but I still shudder at it the way a lot of people shudder at the word "moist."

I don't understand how this works or what this means. Please would you explain? (I do know what BCC is.)

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« Reply #567 on: June 18, 2018, 11:53:13 AM »
I also have an irrational negative reaction to this new thing everyone is doing in emails where they say "I'm moving Jim to BCC to save his inbox."  I was telling my BF about it, and he was like, "that's so clever, I might start doing that now!" and I was rankled even more.  I actually understand and agree, and see the efficiency of it, but somehow there's just something very...I can't find the right word, but sycophantic or showy or something about it, the way it is phrased vs. the efficiency of the technique.  I think I'm going overboard with it, but I still shudder at it the way a lot of people shudder at the word "moist."

I don't understand how this works or what this means. Please would you explain? (I do know what BCC is.)
BCC is the same as blind copy.  It's an option, in addition to the cc field, on an email.  And sorry if this is going into even too much detail, but it lets you send a copy of a message to someone (in the bcc field) without anyone in the To or cc field knowing.  One of the important things to note when using the bcc field is that if any of the people in the To or cc field reply to your email (where you bcc'd someone else), the person you bcc'd will not be included (which makes total sense).

So sometimes there are a ton of people on an email, and it's going back and forth, continuing to copy everybody and their mother, when really only like two or three of the people need to be continuing to be connected to the conversation.  So, mostly as a courtesy to those that don't need to be on the email but keep getting pinged and having to spend time seeing if they need to pay attention to it, someone says, "I'm going to move Jim (and everybody else and their mothers) to BCC to save his inbox."  This lets Jim know what's happening without suddenly cutting him out (which could be a good idea in certain situations) as well as everyone else, and is a courtesy for Jim since he won't get anymore emails on this topic that is irrelevant to him (because when anyone else replies again, he won't be included since he was blind copied on the last one).

Both my work and volunteer lives are like this - with anywhere between 5 and 30 people on an email and a chain gets specific enough that most don't need to be on it anymore.  I mean, it makes a ton of sense to do it, actually.  It's just that somehow the phrasing of it feels gross to me.  Something about the "to save his inbox" that I am having an allergic reaction to.  And I swear I get this multiple times per day now, starting only like a month ago.  It became a THING so fast and everyone's using it as much as possible!

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« Reply #568 on: June 20, 2018, 12:00:18 AM »
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(because when anyone else replies again, he won't be included since he was blind copied on the last one)

Aha! I get it now! This is the bit that hadn't occurred to me. Agreed that it is clever but "to save his inbox" is really ew. It strikes me as slightly infantilising for some reason. Like, "Who's a poor widdle inbox then, eh?". It also ticks me off a bit that people would just do it without asking Jim first. Maybe he likes knowing what's going on in the thread!

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« Reply #569 on: June 22, 2018, 08:51:15 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.

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« Reply #570 on: June 22, 2018, 09:43:00 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

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« Reply #571 on: June 22, 2018, 10:03:59 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

Either of those are much more forgivable than "you know what I mean?". If you're really asking the question as in "this is a complex explanation, do you understand it" that's fine, but as a way to end a sentence it's just painful. Are you actually asking me to respond yes or no every time?

Funny thing is the few people I've know to talk like this I disagreed with on a lot of lifestyle choices so no, I often did not know what they meant.

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« Reply #572 on: June 22, 2018, 10:13:03 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

In Canada it is "eh"- it's a bonding thing, eh?

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« Reply #573 on: June 22, 2018, 10:13:37 AM »
These type of sentence enders are similar to raising the pitch at the end, to make it sound like a question. It does make the speaker sound immature or indecisive.

One more thing: I get annoyed when people say that babies are "flirting" when they smile or make eye contact. There has to be another word for this.

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« Reply #574 on: June 22, 2018, 10:33:02 AM »
These type of sentence enders are similar to raising the pitch at the end, to make it sound like a question. It does make the speaker sound immature or indecisive.

One more thing: I get annoyed when people say that babies are "flirting" when they smile or make eye contact. There has to be another word for this.


I've never heard that before. Ew.

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« Reply #575 on: June 22, 2018, 11:20:28 AM »
I had to listen to the CEO and some VPs on a video conference, and what was driving me crazy was that they kept saying they were "sort of" doing things.

"We're sort of changing how we deal with our customers." Well, are you changing it, or not?

I ended up muting one guy, he said it so often.

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« Reply #576 on: June 22, 2018, 11:26:50 AM »
I had to listen to the CEO and some VPs on a video conference, and what was driving me crazy was that they kept saying they were "sort of" doing things.

"We're sort of changing how we deal with our customers." Well, are you changing it, or not?

I ended up muting one guy, he said it so often.

Yeah, this one bugs me too. I hear it a lot in podcast interviews. I think it might serve a softening function. For example, we're going to do X, but X sounds very harsh, so we say we're sort of Xing.

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« Reply #577 on: June 22, 2018, 11:36:37 AM »
I had to listen to the CEO and some VPs on a video conference, and what was driving me crazy was that they kept saying they were "sort of" doing things.

"We're sort of changing how we deal with our customers." Well, are you changing it, or not?

I ended up muting one guy, he said it so often.

"If you don't stop talking like that I'm sort of, gonna like, punch you in the face. You know what I mean, right?"

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« Reply #578 on: June 22, 2018, 04:58:23 PM »
These type of sentence enders are similar to raising the pitch at the end, to make it sound like a question. It does make the speaker sound immature or indecisive.

One more thing: I get annoyed when people say that babies are "flirting" when they smile or make eye contact. There has to be another word for this.

Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

I have been told by multiple people when I have been travelling that Australians always sound like we are asking a question because of our inflection at the end of our sentences. Ive never noticed us saying "yeah?" but I will listen out for it today at work.

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« Reply #579 on: June 22, 2018, 06:14:51 PM »
I had to listen to the CEO and some VPs on a video conference, and what was driving me crazy was that they kept saying they were "sort of" doing things.

"We're sort of changing how we deal with our customers." Well, are you changing it, or not?

I ended up muting one guy, he said it so often.

This make me think of "very kind of," as in, "The movie was good, but it was very kind of dark." Well, was it very or was it kind of? It can't be both! (I also often hear "very sort of.")

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« Reply #580 on: June 23, 2018, 10:18:51 AM »
"very unique."   A phrase heard a lot on HGTV decorator shows.  If it's actually unique meaning one of a kind, then okay, but it can't be "a little unique" or "somewhat unique" or "very unique." 

And add my name to those who dislike the phrase "sort of" that we're hearing everywhere.  Seems like it's used by those who are unsure of their facts and so use that phrase to weasel out if they find out what they said is not accurate  - "well, I said 'sort of' !"   

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« Reply #581 on: June 23, 2018, 07:00:32 PM »
There seems to be an increasing use of the word "whenever" instead of "when". 

As in, "Whenever I got back to the house, I realized I forgot my key." 

Not sure if this is a regional thing.  It is pretty distracting.   

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« Reply #582 on: June 23, 2018, 07:10:13 PM »
There seems to be an increasing use of the word "whenever" instead of "when". 

As in, "Whenever I got back to the house, I realized I forgot my key." 

Not sure if this is a regional thing.  It is pretty distracting.

This is regional, also sort of low class. I used to live in Central IL and people said that a lot.

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« Reply #583 on: June 24, 2018, 09:20:48 AM »
There seems to be an increasing use of the word "whenever" instead of "when". 

As in, "Whenever I got back to the house, I realized I forgot my key." 

Not sure if this is a regional thing.  It is pretty distracting.

This is regional, also sort of low class. I used to live in Central IL and people said that a lot.

I hear it in the Southwest, too, so I'm not sure it's regional, but it does seem to be lower class. And I find it distracting as well.

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« Reply #584 on: June 25, 2018, 07:58:16 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

Either of those are much more forgivable than "you know what I mean?". If you're really asking the question as in "this is a complex explanation, do you understand it" that's fine, but as a way to end a sentence it's just painful. Are you actually asking me to respond yes or no every time?

Funny thing is the few people I've know to talk like this I disagreed with on a lot of lifestyle choices so no, I often did not know what they meant.
You know how, when you're listening to someone talking, you make eye contact and nod a little bit and go "yeah, okay" every know and then, just so the person talking gets a signal that you're attending to them? This is, at least in part, that in return. Signalling from the speaker to the listener that the speaker is attending to them: Giving them a chance to take the floor, prompting them for a nod or an "okay", and just sort of running juice through the connection. Think of it as a network ping.

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« Reply #585 on: June 26, 2018, 07:09:02 PM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

Either of those are much more forgivable than "you know what I mean?". If you're really asking the question as in "this is a complex explanation, do you understand it" that's fine, but as a way to end a sentence it's just painful. Are you actually asking me to respond yes or no every time?

Funny thing is the few people I've know to talk like this I disagreed with on a lot of lifestyle choices so no, I often did not know what they meant.
You know how, when you're listening to someone talking, you make eye contact and nod a little bit and go "yeah, okay" every know and then, just so the person talking gets a signal that you're attending to them? This is, at least in part, that in return. Signalling from the speaker to the listener that the speaker is attending to them: Giving them a chance to take the floor, prompting them for a nod or an "okay", and just sort of running juice through the connection. Think of it as a network ping.

I find myself saying "okay" a lot during phone calls while the other person is talking.  I'd prefer to just keep my mouth shut and let them get it all out, but every time I do that they'll stop and check that I'm still on the line as if NOT interrupting them with a bunch of "okays" is rude.

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« Reply #586 on: June 27, 2018, 05:47:06 AM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.
It could be a regional thing.  My sister-in-law spent a year in Australia and came back adding "yeah?" onto the end of half her statements in the same way.

Either of those are much more forgivable than "you know what I mean?". If you're really asking the question as in "this is a complex explanation, do you understand it" that's fine, but as a way to end a sentence it's just painful. Are you actually asking me to respond yes or no every time?

Funny thing is the few people I've know to talk like this I disagreed with on a lot of lifestyle choices so no, I often did not know what they meant.
You know how, when you're listening to someone talking, you make eye contact and nod a little bit and go "yeah, okay" every know and then, just so the person talking gets a signal that you're attending to them? This is, at least in part, that in return. Signalling from the speaker to the listener that the speaker is attending to them: Giving them a chance to take the floor, prompting them for a nod or an "okay", and just sort of running juice through the connection. Think of it as a network ping.

I find myself saying "okay" a lot during phone calls while the other person is talking.  I'd prefer to just keep my mouth shut and let them get it all out, but every time I do that they'll stop and check that I'm still on the line as if NOT interrupting them with a bunch of "okays" is rude.
Well, it is.
You're supposed to be giving continuous, low content feedback for the whole conversation. Makes people feel like you're participating, even if you're not really adding any content to the conversation. Not giving that feedback is a low-level non-verbal signal that the other person should stop talking: Because they're boring you, upsetting you, confusing you, etc.

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« Reply #587 on: July 25, 2018, 04:14:38 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

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« Reply #588 on: July 25, 2018, 04:18:19 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

Hah. My husband is a software developer and started his career in the early 80s. He and his friends almost always say "embiggen."

I just ignore it. :D

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #589 on: July 25, 2018, 04:28:40 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

Hah. My husband is a software developer and started his career in the early 80s. He and his friends almost always say "embiggen."

I just ignore it. :D

It's a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.  :-)

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #590 on: July 25, 2018, 04:29:46 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

Hah. My husband is a software developer and started his career in the early 80s. He and his friends almost always say "embiggen."

I just ignore it. :D

It's a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.  :-)

Embiggen is? Funny, my husband has never played D&D. I guess he got it through osmosis!

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #591 on: July 25, 2018, 04:35:05 PM »
And they get to inflict this on the rest of us why?  Keep shoptalk in the shop.  Do I go around referring to your children as your F1s?

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #592 on: July 25, 2018, 04:38:49 PM »
And they get to inflict this on the rest of us why?  Keep shoptalk in the shop.  Do I go around referring to your children as your F1s?

Ha!  I never thought of that, and I quite enjoy it.  I'm not going to actually use it, but it will make me laugh silently in my head sometimes :)  Thanks.

PS: I also say embiggen occasionally, and I didn't know it was a D&D reference, but I'm pretty sure I got it from my husband, in which case a D&D origin makes sense.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #593 on: July 25, 2018, 05:25:30 PM »
Adding "right?" at the end of sentences.  I was listening to the radio where a guest was describing some factual events, and every few sentences she added the word right as a question.  Not sure whether she was gauging whether her host agreed with her, or was following what she was saying, or what. 
I just dislike that wishy washy way of talking - just say what you want to say.

I know, right?

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #594 on: July 25, 2018, 06:37:21 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

Hah. My husband is a software developer and started his career in the early 80s. He and his friends almost always say "embiggen."

I just ignore it. :D

It's a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.  :-)

Embiggen is? Funny, my husband has never played D&D. I guess he got it through osmosis!


Correction!

I asked my husband for some etymological clarity:

He says "embiggen" is a term that he and his friends group started using in D&D because the books often used over-complicated words for spells and they thought it was funny.  He says: "'embiggen' sounds better than 'enlarge.' It was a pretentious-sounding Spoonerism." 

Because I learned D&D from them, I thought it was an official term.  My mistake!


EDIT: Oh!  Even more info!  Apparently the word "embiggen" gained popularity starting in 1996, when it was featured as an invented word in the Simpsons! (Thank you, OED!)
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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #595 on: July 25, 2018, 09:54:37 PM »
I have been reading various blogs that have pictures that can be enlarged.  When did "Click to biggify" replace "Click to enlarge"?  Biggify?  Really?

Hah. My husband is a software developer and started his career in the early 80s. He and his friends almost always say "embiggen."

I just ignore it. :D

It's a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.  :-)

Embiggen is? Funny, my husband has never played D&D. I guess he got it through osmosis!


Correction!

I asked my husband for some etymological clarity:

He says "embiggen" is a term that he and his friends group started using in D&D because the books often used over-complicated words for spells and they thought it was funny.  He says: "'embiggen' sounds better than 'enlarge.' It was a pretentious-sounding Spoonerism." 

Because I learned D&D from them, I thought it was an official term.  My mistake!


EDIT: Oh!  Even more info!  Apparently the word "embiggen" gained popularity starting in 1996, when it was featured as an invented word in the Simpsons! (Thank you, OED!)

I immediately thought of the Simpsons, it is the only place I have ever heard embiggen. In the opening sequence, the statue of Jebediah Sprint has a quote on the bottom "A noble spirit embiggens the smallest mind".

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #596 on: July 25, 2018, 10:11:55 PM »
-bae
-webinar
-uber (specifically when used to refer to a cab, not the company...the brand name should not be synonymous with a cab, especially since lyft is better)
-emoji (seriously...what the hell happened to emoticon?)
-"circle back"
-use of the pronoun "we" to actually mean "you (sing.)"
-any bastardizations of social media names "twitterati" etc.
-selfie
-"turnt up"
-"to 11"
-"GOAT" (instead of just saying greatest of all time)
-"keeping up with the joneses/jones'"

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #597 on: July 26, 2018, 06:27:47 AM »
-bae
-webinar
-uber (specifically when used to refer to a cab, not the company...the brand name should not be synonymous with a cab, especially since lyft is better)
-emoji (seriously...what the hell happened to emoticon?)
-"circle back"
-use of the pronoun "we" to actually mean "you (sing.)"
-any bastardizations of social media names "twitterati" etc.
-selfie
-"turnt up"
-"to 11"
-"GOAT" (instead of just saying greatest of all time)
-"keeping up with the joneses/jones'"

Doesn't emoticon refer to pictures made up of text and symbols whereas emoji is the newer version which is just a picture? If you're going beyond just the word and saying emoticons are better, then I agree.

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #598 on: July 26, 2018, 09:22:00 AM »
And everyone is talking about the origin of enbiggen, but where the hell did biggify come from?

I hate TLAs And FLAs.  Now that they have proliferated, I spend way too much time on the urban slang dictionary. WTH?

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Re: Words/phrases I wish would go away
« Reply #599 on: July 28, 2018, 09:50:08 AM »
I find the term "Hot Mess" extremely annoying.