Except for "moist". Everyone hates "moist".
But on twitter the other day, I decided to reach out and ask some of the wisest writers on the interwebs (or whomever saw my tweet) what phrases they hate.
I loved that some of the phrases are absolutely in my current speech patterns, while others cause me to cringe too.
My LEAST favorite phrase, however, to get the ball rolling is PER USUAL! BAH!
Mine is: "as per usual/per usual"I hate it so much I nearly made my antagonist say it!As per usual... I just... I just don't even... WHHYYYYYYYYYY?
— Kelsey Macke (@KelsNotChels) October 3, 2012
Moving on. Here are some loathed phrases from some other brilliant tweeple:
There's the obvious 'I could care less', as well as most corporate speak. Using 'party' as a verb can be bad!— Simon P. Clark (@araenvo) October 3, 2012
It is what it is. I hate that with all my heart. ugh. I'm angry just thinking of it.— Angi Black (@AngiNicole722) October 3, 2012
"just sayin'." if you're right about whatever you just said, good for you. if you add this to it, you're a jerk. #writeclub— emmet f. cameron (@ohmynoti) October 4, 2012
"the fact of the matter is" UGH. #WriteClub— Cassandra A Marshall (@CA_Marshall) October 4, 2012
"my bad"— Jennie (@book__sniffer) October 4, 2012 I thought it was particularly interesting that I wanted to put phrases that I HATE into the mouths of characters that are antagonistic. I wonder if it's because I think that if they say obnoxious, hated phrases, the reader will have one more reason to want to rip them right off the page and poke them in the eye. Do you have a phrase that you can't stand? If so, leave it in the comments. :)