10 Overused Expressions that Annoy Me (including Singlish ones)

I know I can be repetitive myself but here are some phrases, especially used in a business context, that really annoy me:

1. Having said that…
2. Cross the T’s and dot the i’s
3. World Class
4. As per your request
5. Window of opportunity
6. ASAP
7. Hit the ground running

And some uniquely Singapore words and expressions that make me want to scream:

1. Shiok
2. Revert to me ASAP
3. Talk cock

Do you have any to add to the list. Those phrases that drive you bonkers?

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12 Responses to 10 Overused Expressions that Annoy Me (including Singlish ones)

  1. angie says:

    haha. i dont hear “hit the ground running” all that often, actually. i cant think of one at the top of my head right now, but i know there are some out there that i dont like. 🙂

  2. Sam says:

    Going forward… at the end of the day…. new normal

    By the way, I use “shiok” often because there isn’t an equivalent in English 😛

    • bookjunkie says:

      think I probably got annoyed with shiok cos my boss used to use that word all the time.

      yeah those terms you mentioned are annoying to me too. Thanks for sharing Sam.

  3. frank says:

    Hub
    At the end of the day…
    Bottom line is…
    Whatever…
    “s/he’s too old…”

    • bookjunkie says:

      oh yeah…I loathe the term ‘bottom line’ too & yeah end of the day and hub. Thanks for sharing 🙂

      • frank says:

        I think the singlish word most underrated and fit for globalization is “abuthen”. Im sure all you guys know what that means. Its sharp efficiency and teflon-coated sarcasm gives it the ability to cut through a chit-chat session while leaving everyone (ironically) giggling. Structurally, for some strange reason, I always think of it is a distant cousin of “albeit” – another word which i like very much – albeit seldom use. Hehehe.

    • bookjunkie says:

      yeah….that I “can I help you” when I enter a store. I can’t even browse without what feels like bombardment, and zero personal space.

  4. notabilia says:

    hehehe, i just posted re: singlish words i want to hear!

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