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Expressions that annoy you


RichardN00 8 430 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 1:17PM
Manager types who say "it would be really good if you could..." or "I'd appreaciate it if you could..." instead of coming straight out and saying what they want

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ade_mcfade e2
10 15.1k 216 England
1 Oct 2012 1:19PM
So politeness isn't a good thing...

well that explains a lot Wink
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
1 Oct 2012 1:53PM
Looks like you can't win if you're a manager - something which probably comes as no surprise to most managers. Either you annoy Keith or you annoy Richard. Tongue Still, with a bit more effort it might be possible to annoy both of them simultaneously!

Which reminds me of an old Marty Feldman sketch, where with mock seriousness he points out that watching television with your windows wide open in summer can annoy your neighbours. Then with a manic grin he goes on to say... "Other ways you can annoy them include..." Wink
RichardN00 8 430 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 6:02PM

Quote:So politeness isn't a good thing...

well that explains a lot Wink



I'm all for politeness, when it's genuine. Smile

What I was trying to say is I dislike (that's another one of my pet peeves, people who say hate, when all they mean is mildly dislike) synthetic politeness, when people ask me to do something and imply that it will make them ecstatic if I do it. Just ask me to do something, politely but to the point

I have been a manager in the past so I've seen it from the other side as well Smile

Perhaps I'm just a grumpy so and so who regrets the drift towards the mid Atlantic Smile
macroman 11 15.3k England
1 Oct 2012 6:10PM
Drivers who brake and then signal, usually at the last moment before making the turn.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
1 Oct 2012 6:49PM

Quote:Drivers who brake and then signal, usually at the last moment before making the turn.


How is that an 'expression' ? Grin
RichardN00 8 430 1 United Kingdom
1 Oct 2012 7:18PM

Quote:Drivers who brake and then signal, usually at the last moment before making the turn.

How is that an 'expression' ? Grin



It's an expression of contempt for other road users Smile
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
1 Oct 2012 7:24PM

Quote:It's an expression of contempt for other road users


But it's not verbal! Wink
macroman 11 15.3k England
1 Oct 2012 8:15PM
Sorry, should have been in't grumpy thread, grey cells have been overdoing it a bit. Smile
shadow18 3 406 England
2 Oct 2012 3:21AM
Oh! Finally, here is the perfect place to complain about this!! Grin
Those stupid, stupid stores that always have the aisles that say "20 items or less" nooo! It is "20 items or FEWER!!" Every grocery store I have gone in except for one ALWAYS says "less" SOOO annoying! Then you have to stand there in line looking at it! 8(
The one and only grocery store that uses the correct grammar is more expensive, so I always have to go to the stupid grocery stores! Tongue
So there! That has bothered me many times in my lifetime, and no one else seems to understand! Tongue

Just tonight I was picking up milk and had to wait in line with a "20 items or LESS. " sign. It was not pleasant company. Lol! Tongue
cats_123 e2
10 4.2k 25 Northern Ireland
2 Oct 2012 6:37AM
"New VS Mode" Wink
CaptivePhotons 11 1.6k 2 England
2 Oct 2012 7:35AM
Can we opt-out? Tongue
mdpontin 10 6.0k Scotland
2 Oct 2012 7:52AM

Quote:"20 items or less" nooo! It is "20 items or FEWER!!"

Ah. Now you've tapped into another seam of grump! Since when did we become able to buy a "scissor", or a "trouser"? They only ever used to come in pairs, back during my formative years. What happened? I suppose technology and fashions move on and leaves us grumpies behind - that's the only explanation I can come up with...aside from a sharp drop in basic literacy.
mikehit e2
5 7.1k 11 United Kingdom
2 Oct 2012 9:27AM
'An increase of 150%' when they mean 'an increase of 50%'.

And 'a decrease of 100%' means you have zero. Zilch. Nada. It DOES NOT MEAN it is now half of what it was....
macroman 11 15.3k England
2 Oct 2012 10:32AM

Quote:when did we become able to buy a "scissor", or a "trouser"?


I suspect that those products are made abroad, and the people who design the labels do not grasp the intricacies/niceties of the English language, which can be hard for 'furriners' to understand.

At least it keeps them in their place. Smile

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