Researchers at Oxford University have compiled a list of the Top 10 most irritating phrases in the English language. The most irritating phrase? "At the end of the day." Also making the top 10: "Absolutely," "With all due respect," and "I personally." The phrases will appear in a compilation titled Damp Squid , which was "named after the mistake of confusing a squid with a squib, a type of firework." As author Jeremy Butterfield explains, "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." Butterfield's picks include overused phrases, grammatically incorrect words, and corporate lingo. Surprisingly, "irregardless" didn't make the list, nor did two of Jezebel's least favorite expressions, "I'm sorry, but..." and "Um..." [Telegraph]
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