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Danny Diamond
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I know this was mentioned, but it deserves a closer look...

"I could care less"

AARGH! I hate hearing people say this! The correct phrase is "I COULDN'T care less". To say you COULD care less implies that you do in fact care to some degree, because it is still possible for you to care less. To say you COULDN'T care less, implies that there is no possible wany that your level of care towards a subject, could get any lower.

Does that make sense?
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"B A S I C A L L Y" ... Add anything before or after!
Uggg, this gets so annoying, I think people just throw that in, basically, to sound more intellectual or something.

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Doc:

SIROIHG

Shakespear Is Rolling Over In His Grave.


As to IMHO you are correct of course...but it springs from years of using forums and having the tender hearted wimps that are out there take offence...challange with venom...whine and complain or just plain not get it that there are other opinions than theirs. How many times have I 'heard' a response on the forums I post at "That's YOUR OPINION!" (Which leads to my only response: Well of course it is you insignificant little moron!)

I just got tired of it...IMHO allows these twirps to just write it off whith out springing back like a paper flower with such a 'knee jerk'.

BUT of course that doesn't happen HERE so I'll refrain from its use... Smile

As to the other stuff...a favorite HAS to be,

"Very Unique" "Most Unique"...lord I even heard last night "Pretty Unique" aaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

A thing is Unique or it is not...there is no thing that is unique (one of a kind) that is more unique than another thing that is unique...it is freakin' UNIQUE! (or it's not)


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You're a treasure. ( I know, where did they dig him up from? )
Your point about 'unique' illustrates the redundant nature of a lot of the language we use. Words that mean something are disappearing and we are replacing them with words that add nothing, or mean nothing.

Some redundant examples with the useless bits in brackets:
Consensus ( of opinion )
Fewer ( in number )
( Exact ) duplicate
Sum ( total ) - except as a mentalism effect maybe
( In order ) to
Both ( of them )

Mind you, if you watch any Regency or Victorian dramas, e.g. the works of Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, you could imagine the laughter if you imitated the wonderful vocabulary they feature.
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I have introduced a new acronym:

IHAC

It stands for "I hate acronyms."

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Politicaly Correct. I hate Political Correctness. I am anything BUT!
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Good for you, Iven !! I concur with what you said.
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To all those bashing my ignorance, I appreciate your "HUMBLE" opinions. Thanks for setting me straight. Smile
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The 'H' could very well stand for 'Honest' in some forums...it was 'Humble' that I was told years ago...that doesn't make it solid rock correct...you may have deep insight as to the REAL value of 'H'.


Guess we will have to watch more Sesame Street to find out! ;-)

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I can't believe none of you have offered up this little gem:

"It's all good."

It's NOT all good. A lot of it SUCKS. Whenever someone utters this inane drivel, I have an overpowering urge to smack them upside the head. If they were to protest, I could just respond with--well, you know. Smile

There are a ton of other New Age-y lines that get my hackles up, but that one trumps 'em all.

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On 2004-07-19 09:54, Danny Diamond wrote:
I know this was mentioned, but it deserves a closer look...

"I could care less"

AARGH! I hate hearing people say this! The correct phrase is "I COULDN'T care less". To say you COULD care less implies that you do in fact care to some degree, because it is still possible for you to care less. To say you COULDN'T care less, implies that there is no possible wany that your level of care towards a subject, could get any lower.

Does that make sense?


I always took it as sarcasim, "I could care less, but not by a lot!"
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Speking of useless phrases, how about "jumbo Shrimp" Uh, isn't that a bit oxymoronic?
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Quote:
On 2004-07-18 07:25, dr chutney wrote:
"Thinking outside the box"
Ditto


I agree. I hate that phrase. Look at my signature. Smile

Oh, and one thing I hate when people say is, "Ditto."

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Ditto here.
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"My bad."

I'm... I'm sorry, what? Did you say something? Sounded like you attempted a sentence there or something...

"What's up?"

Well let's see... there's hic-up, push-up, seven-up, make-up, screw-up. pull-up, sit-up, back-up, lay-up. heads-up, roll-up, kiss-up, caught-up, blow-up, look-up, wake-up, touch-up, get-up, dress-up, write-up, beat-up, knock-up, and ketchup... shall I go on?

or worse yet... "What up."

I wasn't sure if I should put a question mark on that one. I don't even think it deserves a period.

the one I hate the most... "going out"

What the heck does that mean? You're going out with her? Oh, where are you going? Oh, she's you're girlfriend... why didn't you just say that?
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I hate when someone says conversate. When did that become a word? If is an actuall word it should be stricken from the language as it is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard.
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"What's up?"
A two-letter word for "above."
Twice as far as half-way.

"Wazz-up?!!"
Sir...get some help...I can tell you exactly where to go if you don't know...it would be my pleasure...
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Tis the prettiest little parlour that ever you did spy;
The way into my parlour is up a winding stair,
And I've a many curious things to show when you are there.

Oh no, no, said the little Fly, to ask me is in vain,
For who goes up your winding stair
-can ne'er come down again.
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I cringe when I hear "for my next trick" ...
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"...No, the clean one."

"...What's the other?"

"One, two, three weeks ago..."

"Stand here, over the trapdoor."

"... a silk..."

"... an ordinary silk..."

"... and just like magic..."

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Appear,when you really mean produce.
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