We all have our own particular ways when it comes to communicating — some of us are people of few words, others are irritatingly verbose, and the rest fall somewhere in between. One thing is for sure, though: there are far too many people (annoying ones) who jump on the popular phrases bandwagon and overuse sayings and words that have become part of the current trend of how people communicate. Not only is it making us all look dumber by the day, but half the people don’t even know what the heck they’re talking about.
Young people may think it’s cool to use the latest jargon while chatting it up with their peers, and some adults trying to be “hip” are using these phrases as well to appear to be “with it.” But rather than sounding cool or staying in tune with the times, all of these people seem like morons who can’t come up with something intellectual or meaningful to say, so they default to these common, and frankly, stupid sayings in order to get their point across.
It’s likely that even you’ve uttered one or more of these phrases in recent history, or you still blurt them out currently. If so, it’s time to put an end to the madness. With so many words available to you in the English language, you can surely come up with something far better to share. Let’s put these 15 phrases to rest and start speaking with a little more eloquence. Zip your lips, and don’t let these 15 phrases escape ever again.
15. That’s So Gay
Please remove this outdated and never-OK phrase from your vocabulary immediately, if not sooner. Not only is it homophobic and highly offensive to most, but it really doesn’t even make any sense. People usually use this moronic phrase when something is bad, weird, awkward, of poor taste, or embarrassing, and it’s rarely, if ever, used in a positive sense. So saying something negative is “gay” is making you look like a total jackass. Someone may say, “OMG. You and your boyfriend are wearing the same colors; that’s so gay!” or “I can’t believe you stayed in all alone to binge-watch Scandal instead of coming out with us to the club opening; that’s so gay.” Just stop because one time, you’ll utter these words in front of the wrong person, and there will be hell to pay.
14. But She Has Such a Pretty Face
Fat-shamers, this one’s for you. People will often say, “But she has such a pretty face” when the rest of the woman’s body is not as “pretty” in their eyes, meaning too fat. It’s as though her pretty face is a big waste because it’s set atop a body that’s unattractive. Apparently, only women with “good” bodies are entitled to a pretty face, and if you’re fat, you should have an ugly one. How about “She has a pretty face” and leave the rest of whatever you’re thinking out of it. Just because you don’t like her belly doesn’t take away from the beauty of her face. Or perhaps, just look and admire, and say nothing at all. Who asked you anyway?
13. On Fleek
So much for the old days when you could compliment someone by saying they look great or their style is on point, if you wanted to be a little fancier. Now, when someone’s looking sharp, they’re on fleek. One’s hair could be on fleek. Their new dress could be on fleek. Heck, their well-groomed and perfectly shaped eyebrows could be on fleek. It’s as though saying a person looks nice is now an insult. No longer is looking good the goal while getting dressed for the day. One must achieve “on fleek” status in order to feel appreciated. If you haven’t heard this one yet, you’ll notice it now. And if nobody says it to you, you’d better up your game. That said, this phrase is getting old, so let’s go back to a normal way to describe something we like.
12. Bye Felicia!
Bye Felicia is like the new “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.” Made popular by a ‘90s movie starring Ice Cube, it seems like it took a couple of decades before the saying made its way to the masses. And now, nobody can shut up about it. It’s not meant as a friendly goodbye, but a diss-and-dismiss sort of adios. Naturally, it makes little sense to say it to most people, as only a small portion of the population is named Felicia. Yet this phrase is red hot and causing anything from giggles to grimaces every time the two words are uttered. Can we please say “Bye Felicia” to bye Felicia already? It’s a bit much even though we love Cube.
Yolo! It’s short for “you only live once,” and people who want to live their lives to the fullest will utter this goofy expression before embarking on adventures or doing something that may be out of their everyday experience. For instance, a person may exclaim, “Yolo!” before deciding to go skydiving, mountain climbing, or on a 12-day backpacking trip with strangers across Europe. Then there are those folks who use yolo for much less meaningful moments, like getting a very short haircut, making out with someone they just met at a bar, or eating the last slice of marble chocolate cheesecake when they’re supposed to be on a no-carb, no-fat diet. Remember, you only live once, so stop wasting your time saying yolo.
10. Not for Nothing
This expression is not only overused and grating to the ears, but it also sounds grammatically incorrect and doesn’t entirely mean what the person who’s saying it is trying to convey. As an example, someone who uses this phrase on the regular may say, “Not for nothing, but I can make an apple pie better than the one we just ordered at this restaurant,” or “Not for nothing, but Sally looked a lot better before she got that Botox.” Perhaps, the intention is to say “For what it’s worth…” or “Quite frankly…,” but saying “not for nothing” is a whole lotta nothing. You can still say whatever you want to without the “not for nothing” part of the sentence. Not for nothing, but nobody will miss hearing it.
9. Sorry, Not Sorry
Are you sorry, or are you not sorry? And if you’re not sorry, then why are you saying you’re sorry for not being sorry? How about say nothing at all or just say what you want to and don’t feel the need to unnecessarily apologize? What you probably just said was rude anyhow, so saying sorry immediately after blurting it out for not being sorry you’ve said it makes you even more of a jerk. Stand up for what you believe in, but don’t make things worse or less meaningful by adding this overused phrase to the mix. This irritating phrase is one of the sorriest out there, and it’s no wonder everyone’s sorry when they hear it. Sorry, but this one must take a hike at once.
8. Just Sayin’
Guess what? We know you’re “just sayin’” because we just heard you say it. People usually say this phrase when they’ve said something that could come off as offensive or “shady,” so when they say “just sayin’” at the end of their off-color sentence, it somehow makes them seem like the “Honest Abe” of the bunch. Here’s an example of the usage of “just sayin’”: “Mary Jane can do a lot better than Joey, just sayin’.” Hey, how about instead of “just sayin’,” you keep your nose out of other people’s business and not feel the need to blurt out your every thought? Remember, like mom used to say, if you don’t have anything nice to say, then say nothing at all, just sayin’.
7. It’s Just a Phase
What a great/lame excuse for allowing someone you care about (or don’t care much for, for that matter) to get away with bad behavior. “Oh, he never cleans his apartment and he always smells like ass. It’s just a phase; he’ll grow out of it.” News flash: he’s 33 years old and still lives like he’s in a nasty frat house. Or “She always finds something wrong with the men she dates. It’s just a phase; soon she’ll settle down.” Uh, maybe the men she dates are losers, and she never wants to “settle down” with anyone. If someone’s not a toddler and exhibits behavior that you think is going to magically go away once the “phase” has passed, brace yourself for one heck of a lengthy time frame to wait for something to happen.
“Whatever” could be one of the longest-running annoying phrases on this list. Basically, the person who resorts to the common use of “whatever” has pretty much given up on trying to convey anything further or doesn’t want to hear another peep out of the person they’re speaking with and likely at odds with. For instance, person # 1 says, “Well I think that Trump’s health care plan will benefit lots of people who are seeking a change in the system and are relatively healthy individuals who consider themselves of middle-class status.” Person # 2: “Whatever.” It’s an abrupt and irritating end to the discussion with no resolution or even the inkling that person # 2 gives a flying you-know-what. If you disagree, then whatever.
5. I Can’t Even
This phrase is for the super-lazy, as they can’t even finish their one thought. Those who are at their wit’s end, think something’s beyond stupid, or can’t believe something has gone down as it did will say “I can’t even” to express their complete and utter annoyance with the situation at hand. It seems like this one is used (and overused) more by the ladies, but even a fella “can’t even” sometimes. Even a “this sucks” or “I hate you” would be more satisfying than this irritating and overused 3-word phrase. Hopefully, whoever uses it will eventually be able to “even” and we can all rejoice in the fact that we never have to hear this nonsense again, cuz really, I can’t even.
4. Sorry If You Felt That Way
This is a totally BS way of apologizing that’s heard far too often for anyone’s own good. If you want to go ahead and apologize, then say you’re sorry for what you did, not for the fact that someone felt some sort of way about it. Saying “sorry if you felt that way” means you aren’t really sorry at all, just that you want the person to drop it. Don’t apologize unless you mean it and don’t give the half-assed “sorry if you felt that way” apology, as it will only make the offended party even more pissed off than they were initially. Once someone drops this crappy non-apology on you, you’ll see why it’s so irritating and unsatisfying. Sorry, but this phrase must go, because many of us feel that way.
3. No Offense, But…
Whatever follows this offensive 3-word phrase will, indeed, be totally offensive to whoever it’s aimed towards. If you must start your mean-spirited sentence with this overused phrase, then you’re no doubt on your way to offending someone. Saying “no offense” doesn’t make the offensiveness of your thought any less hurtful to the person you’re speaking to. For instance, “No offense, but your girlfriend acts like a raging maniac when she’s had more than one beer” or “No offense, but your house smells like rotting Gouda cheese,” — both statements may be truthful, but surely, the person you’re speaking to will be offended by your harshness. Try taking someone aside and speaking to them frankly and kindly. The “No offense, but” sentence-starter only sets the person up to become offended.
2. That’s Cray Cray
It’s cray cray that people cannot say “That’s crazy!” instead of using the newly annoying phrase “That’s cray cray” in order to convey their state of awe or whatever it is they’re feeling about a particular subject, scenario, or situation. Some people can’t even bother with the second “cray” and just go for the simpler, abridged version, “That’s cray!” Crazy as this phrase seems and sounds, more and more people are using it in their everyday conversations and can’t seem to be able to kick the habit. Before you begin to sound cray cray yourself, please refrain from starting to add this ridiculous saying to your vocabulary. And if someone uses the phrase in your presence, pretend you don’t know what they’re talking about and run for the hills.
1. No Worries
How about saying “You’re welcome” instead? Mom taught us to say please, thank you, and you’re welcome, not please, thank you, and no worries, didn’t she? Most of the time, whatever favor or nice thing you did for the other person wasn’t a great source of worry for them in the first place, like when you kindly hold the door for people and they say thanks, they probably weren’t worried that you’d slam the door in their face or lock it behind you. Or does this saying mean that the person saying “no worries” has no worries themselves? See, this type of confusion is why this phrase needs to get kicked to the curb and put in a safe with no key. You’re welcome.