[Note: Every Friday on First Thoughts we host a discussion about some aspect of pop culture. Today’s theme is annoying catchphrases. Have a suggestion for a topic? Send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.]
A couple of years ago, researchers at Oxford University compiled a list of the top ten most irritating expressions. Their list included overused office lingo, (24/7, synergy), grammatically incorrect constructions (“shouldn’t of”), and adverbs used out of context (literally, ironically).
While everything on their list is certainly irritating, few of the items rise to the level of truly annoying. Perhaps Americans have a particular facility with our shared language because we seem to have a special affinity for creating trite catchphrases. Here are my eleven candidates for most annoying sayings:
1. “I’m not a happy camper.”…(continue reading here)