Style & Then Some

Phrases that need to be phased out

Not wanting to sound beyond my years (or like a BBC2 ‘Grumpy Old Women’ talking head) but there are some phrases and words that I personally think should be phased out.

Language is a democratic notion which has recently seen: ‘bridezilla’, ‘mummy porn’ and ‘amazeballs’ being entered into the dictionary. Is the lack of filter a good thing?

I don’t actually mind ‘LOL’ and ‘totes inappropes’ (not that you’ll catch me using them) but other, less obvious snippets of conversation have caught my ear, notably some seasonal favourites below.

If there ever happens to be a panel that yays or nays new words, can I chair it please?


Obviously these are minor offences and not ruining my day but just got me thinking about how language evolves into peculiar sayings.

Which words or phrases would be on your vetoed list?


6 comments on “Phrases that need to be phased out

  1. blondekatie
    October 4, 2012

    I tell you what I think is worse than hubby, it’s when girls refer to their boyfriend as ‘the boy’, especially when I know ‘the boy’s name. Just call him by his name!! I also hate babes, and started using it ironically, but now I say it all the time. I CANNOT STOP and I need help (babes).

    • Jai'me
      October 6, 2012

      I feel the same way. I also find it bizarre when certain women refer to their boyfriends/husbands as “other half”, and I am not a fan of men using “the missus” either.

  2. Sarah
    October 5, 2012

    Ha, lots of these are totally ingrained in me.. I feel they are all quite Northern..?? I do agree with Katie though, I hate ‘the boy’.

  3. joannawoolcock
    October 5, 2012

    I keep saying ‘babes’ in an ironic-way too ( but accidentally to everyone, all genders, ages, even pets…)

    I like to further irritate by using a regional accent too: Barbie-Essex way: ‘baaaabes’ or a Brummy-Midlands: ‘Bab.’

  4. Sophie Caldecott
    October 5, 2012

    Wow, I’d never heard ‘full of cold’ or ‘holibobs’ before… Ugh!

  5. sophiecha
    October 7, 2012

    Men referring to their girlfriend or wife as “The Doris”. Weird.

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