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  1. #1 Oxford University compiles list of top ten irritating phrases 
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    A top 10 of irritating expressions has been compiled by researchers at Oxford University.

    Heading the list was the expression 'at the end of the day', which was followed in second place by the phrase 'fairly unique'.

    The tautological statement "I personally" made third place – an expression that BBC Radio 4 presenter John Humphreys has described as "the linguistic equivalent of having chips with rice."

    Also making the top 10 is the grammatically incorrect "shouldn't of", instead of "shouldn't have".

    The phrases appear in a book called Damp Squid, named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework.

    The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers, magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources.

    The database alerts them to new words and phrases and can tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.

    As well as the above expressions, the book's author Jeremy Butterfield says that many annoyingly over-used expressions actually began as office lingo, such as 24/7 and "synergy".

    Other phrases to irritate people are "literally" and "ironically", when they are used out of context.

    Mr Butterfield said: "We grow tired of anything that is repeated too often – an anecdote, a joke, a mannerism – and the same seems to happen with some language."

    The top ten most irritating phrases:

    1 - At the end of the day

    2 - Fairly unique

    3 - I personally

    4 - At this moment in time

    5 - With all due respect

    6 - Absolutely

    7 - It's a nightmare

    8 - Shouldn't of

    9 - 24/7

    10 - It's not rocket science
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    11. It is what it is

    12. Taken out of context

    13. Same difference

    14. You know?/Know what I'm saying?

    15. I/He/She/It was like...

    16. Quote, unquote

    17. I could care less

    18. The exception that proves the rule

    19. Occam's Razor

    20. You've been pre-approved
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    'Shouldn't of' makes come over all stabby. :D
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    Well, at the end of the day this is what I personally think of this sort of thing, at this moment in time. Its a nightmare. With all due respect, they shouldn't of slandered some of my favorite sayings... sayings that many of us absolutely like to use 24/7... this is not rocket science here.

    And "irregardless" should have been on the list.
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