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What Expressions Irritate You?

We all have our Opinions. Our ideas. Our attitudes. Our rants.

One of my issues is the use of the language to mislead the public. But the issue I raise here is the use of words to imply excellence, superiority, desirability.

What words?

Hand-crafted. Hand-dipped. Hallmark. Signature. Premium. Artisan.

Examples of their use? Well, I keep seeing that "Our beer is hand-crafted." Or "Our iced cream is hand-dipped." Or "Service is our hallmark." We use only "premium ingredients." And now, Sara Lee has introduced "artisan bread."

People who believe all these things, swallowing them down... or who unconsciously are swayed to make purchases because of advertising-hype words such as these... are, well... mentally challenged.

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lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 2:41 PM

I know about the latest bread called ARTISAN, Yea, right. If they could be more direct and tell us if it is bread that contains no traces of formaldehyde. :) And do you remember the term often used in recent memory, STATE OF THE ART ? Back when they advertised beer all the time on television the one that sticks in my mind is CLIMB UP TO COORS, MADE WITH PURE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SPRING WATER. Yea, right.

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VinceSummers wrote on May 2, 2018, 3:34 PM

But the water did trickle over those bed springs!

MegL wrote on May 2, 2018, 4:34 PM

The word that most irritates me is not a sales type word but the word "cute". I see or hear it everywhere. It used to mean appealing. It probably still does but now the "appealing" part has been changed in some way by marketers to appeal to sickly sentimentality and probably use it to sell us something - usually overpriced children's clothes or toys. My granddaughters use the word "cute" for small animals and birds and while these are appealing, it is in the old-fashioned sense of the word that they are helpless and need to be cared for. When I see the word "cute" applied to children's clothes, it instantly turns me against them, because it seems to me they try to make girls into "little dolls" and objectify them.

I read a story once about a couple walking around a local market, where one stall sold loaves of bread. The stall holder tapped a loaf, smiled and said "100%". The couple asked, "100% what?" The stall holder admitted "I don't know. I just say 100% and they always buy!"

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Bensen32 wrote on May 2, 2018, 5:17 PM

It's not a sales thing but a say I hate is....."It is what it is". What the hell is it? I don't know why but that little saying annoys the hell out of me.

VinceSummers wrote on May 2, 2018, 5:20 PM

You're right...

lookatdesktop wrote on May 2, 2018, 5:59 PM

That is kind of gross. But I get it. LOL

acrogodess914 wrote on May 4, 2018, 5:46 PM

I dislike when people say would of or could of. It makes me think they didn't pay attention while at school. It of course is would've or could've to mean would have or could have. *sighs*

I'm a bit of a grammar nut.

VinceSummers wrote on May 4, 2018, 7:03 PM

I agree totally, although at times I take advantage of poor language for various reasons. The poor grammarian doesn't know good grammar, but the talented one knows the good and the bad.

frankie2015 wrote on May 6, 2018, 1:25 AM

For me, most advertisements are nonsense. But what irritates me are the new acronyms out there like FYI, LOL, and a lot more that I do not remember. Call me old fashioned, but I would much rather have people say for your information or laugh out loud rather than their abbreviation...

VinceSummers wrote on May 6, 2018, 8:16 AM

Interesting you should think of this, F2015... (forgive the abbreviation, LOL). Actually, I agree totally with you. Most interestingly, though, is that people not only quickly remember these, but, at least in my case, they can anticipate many times what a combination of letters stands for before they've even been told what they mean! It reminds me of the nonsense letters that aren't actually total nonsense, but resemble real words that you can read as fast as real words, because of the way the mind works. Very interesting!

allen0187 wrote on May 14, 2018, 11:20 PM

Acronyms for some reason irritate me but I still use those.

BarbRad wrote on May 15, 2018, 2:53 AM

I can't think of my personally most disliked at the moment. I've enjoyed reading everyone else's, though. Most commercials drive me nuts and remind me of why I didn't miss having a TV for the first fifty years of our marriage.

VinceSummers wrote on May 15, 2018, 7:27 AM

Ads used to be (gasp!) actually informative! The salesman sold the product by featuring the quality of his product! Not now. A handful of years ago, the ad that really got me as the height of stupidity was the car ad where a few men, perhaps in Island style, sing, Zoom Zoom Zoom, Yeah Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom... What's that got to do with the car?

VinceSummers wrote on May 15, 2018, 7:28 AM

Oh, Good Grief! Thanks for R.E.M.I.N.D.I.N.G. me. I sometimes have listened to a speaker who has improved now, but who used to center every talk on some acronym that he seemed to think was super-intelligent and ought to be remembered for all time. Dreadful!