According to a survey in the BBC News Magazine on Monday, November 17, 2008, here are the cliches that are the most reviled. Here are the top twenty. I have shortened the article and taken some of the funnier comments.
2. "To be fair;"
3. "Going forward;" (used by business people/politicians, as in: "Going forward, we need to do...X." Since time is irreversible, it's totally unnecessary. No one experiences life "going backward").
Alex Brodie, London
5. "The fact of the matter is;"
6. "Let's face it" and "let's be honest;"
7. "Touch base."
8. "At the end of the day;"
9. My old boss used to tell us that everything was "in the pipeline". One disgruntled staff member commented that this pipeline seemed to be a very long and very clogged-up sewer.
Al, Wellington NZ
10. 'The reason being". Particularly when used by people who are trying to sound educated. They invariably show off their lack of education with the next phrase.
Alex Knob, UK
11 and 12. "I'm not being funny but..." is one of THE most annoying things that a person can say, and is usually followed by a highly irritating and officious remark. Beginning a sentence with "You know" is another one, especially popular with sportsmen such as David Beckham. Please make these and other irritating cliches illegal.
Rosie Spectacle, Tunbridge Wells, UK
13 and 14. I hate, hate, hate it when people invite me to "touch base" with them at a later date. Or how about when someone announces that they'll have made a decision "by the end of play today"?
Kristian Turner, Cambridge
15. "Can't get my head round it" - a ridiculous thing to say!
Kay Rhodes, Sutton Coldfield, UK
16 and 17. Cliches to hate: 1) Basically 2) A raft of proposals 3) To roll out (new initiatives etc).
Steve Barnett, Sunderland
18. "Don't just talk the talk, you got to walk the talk". How annoying is that?
Richard Bridges, Barnet
19. "Lessons will be learned". Most pointless and annoying cliche ever.
Laura Albins, Ipswich
20. The use of the word "actually". I find it so annoying when listening to reports on the Today programme that I end up "actually" counting the times the word is used.
Peter McGregor, Dunblane
And my addition? "My friends," used CONSTANTLY by Senator John McCain.
Please add your favorites here!