Too much of a good thing can get old pretty fast.
Too much of an annoying thing makes you wanna scream sometimes.
Seems like new catch phrases are popping up all the time nowadays and hey – I don’t wanna sound like an old fuss budget (where did that one come up with anyway?) but some of ’em really just flip my widget. (That one’s mine, thank you very much.).
Do your kids call you Dude? Do you call them Dude? Yeah. Me too.
Look, I’m the female Larry David, so everything bugs the hell outta me. But don’tcha just want to scream sometimes when you hear them?
So here is my list of the 10 Annoying Catch Phrases I’d Like To Banish Forever
1. My Bad. I’ve actually snapped at my kids for saying this. Okay, so you’re taking responsibility for your own…bad.
Good for you.
2. Good For You. Does it get any more condescending and patronizing than this phrase? “I just won the Nobel Prize!” “Good for you…” Zero sincerity.
3. At the End Of the Day. OMG! How I hate this. It’s like every celebrity got a memo stating that this had to be worked into every interview. This means one thing. It means you put on your PJs and check out for the night. There’s nothing philosophical about it. And it’s gotten to the point where when people actually mean “at the end of the day”, that annoys me now too.
4. Touch Base. My mother actually said this to me the other day. “We’ll touch base at the end of the week.” It’s a corporate term. If you’re not in a board room, why are you saying this? Touch base? What base? Are we waiting for a transmission from the Mothership? People need to stop saying this. It’s pretentious as hell.
5. I Feel You. You what? How about you “get” me, pervert. It just creeps me out. You’re not feeling me. In no way do you feel me. And unless you’re my husband or Johnny Depp, you’re not allowed to feel me.
6. Awesome. The hippies gave us “cool”, the surfers are giving us “awesome”. Listen Dude, awesome used to mean a mountain range or the Grand Canyon or an extraordinary accomplishment. It used to mean something you were in awe of. Get it? It shouldn’t be used to refer to the last episode of Hoarders or the taco you just ate. Well…in the case of Hoarders, it depends on how big that mountain of garbage is. Just try to sit through 15 minutes of HGTV’s House Hunters and tell me how much you like “awesome”. I guarantee you’ll be running for the hills. Or the mountains. OMG – those mountains are AWESOME! Thank you! Finally.
7. Icon. Same concept here. An icon used to be a person of some historical or cultural weight. Somebody who really cemented their place on the cultural landscape. A celebrity, sure. Like Elvis, Marilyn, James Dean. Or, an important historical figure like, oh, I don’t know…maybe Ghandi?! Or Mother Theresa? Or somebody who will actually be remembered for making a difference in the world or whose work will stand the test of time. We’re not talking about Kim Kardashian or freaking JLo. You got that, Einstein? Einstein is an icon. Got that Kanye?
8. Throwing Someone Under the Bus. Along with reality competition TV, came a whole bunch of stupid phrases like being “voted off the island”. But I hate this one more. When did we start throwing people under busses? Why a bus? Why not a semi truck? Why not a Hummer? “You just threw me under the Hummer, Omarosa!” Yeah, I guess it doesn’t have the same ring to it.
9. I just threw up in my mouth a little. The phrase itself makes me throw up in my mouth a little. I don’t need this visual. I get that it’s a ‘gag me’ moment. Oh, how droll and how clever of you, though.
10. Lit’rally. You know…literally, but said in a much more posh way. Lit-rally. Well, Fuck ME Princess Di! This must have been on the celebrity memo too, because they all do it and I want to slug all of them. And by the way, the use of the word itself is overdone. I was literally blown away! Okay, Dorothy. You’re not in Kansas anymore. The other day I heard someone say they “Lit’rally almost did something”. Okay then. Which is it?
I’ve got more, but I want to hear yours. So bring your A game. (Hate that one too.) Which catch phrases would you like to see die a quick death, like lit’rally?