This one was suggested by the Faithful Correspondent, who is annoyed by annoying words and phrases. There’s a survey out that lists the most egregious, and she e-mailed me, “…the word ‘whatever’ tops the list of most annoying. I haven’t checked the others but I immediately thought I should submit ‘no problem,’ which is the response du jour to ‘thank you’. After thanking someone it’s all I can do to keep from hurling myself upon them and throttling them when they lose ‘you’re welcome’ and give me that old tired ‘no problem.'”
What catchword or phrase do you find most annoying?
Mine is below the fold.
I don’t mind “no problem” all that much, probably because I use it myself (Sorry, FC). The one I’ve gotten to hate is “It is what it is.” People use it as a shrug-off when a situation is either unchangeable or they don’t want to exert the effort to rectify it. Not only is it a tautology, it makes me want to reply with a barnyard epithet or proffer a suggestion about where to store certain farm implements.