Top 10 irritating phrases, according to Oxford

With all due respect, at the end of the day, I personally think it’s not rocket science to conclude at this moment in time that it’s a nightmare absolutely that we are expected to be fairly unique and think out of the box 24/7 – one shouldn’t of to put up with such nonsense!

Highlighted are the top ten most irritating phrases in the English language, according to language researchers, reports the Telegraph. I wanted to use them all in one sentence. The report says “shouldn’t of” is misused for “shouldn’t have”. That must be in spoken English: the English have a tendency to swallow their words, especially the last syllables.

The list was compiled by researchers who monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus. It comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources, says the Telegraph. The database alerts researchers to new words and phrases and can tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.

People are also irritated when the words "literally" and "ironically" are used out of context, says the Telegraph. It adds:

The phrases appear in a book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework.

I especially hate the phrase “think out of the box”. I have nothing against cliches, but that one drives me nuts – maybe because I can’t think out of the box.

The top 10 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

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