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PostSubject: Cliches and non-words   Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:46 pm

Scepticism in language. Without being able to express ourselves properly how can we progress?

What are your least favourite cliches or nonsense words. Here's a few:

Basically
At the end of the day
edutainment

...and then how about that bloody upward inflection some people use in conversation where everything sounds like it is a question. Arrr!
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:34 pm

Hah... "at the end of the day". I hate that. Smile As well as Buffy speak.


Real Deal... is one of my pet hates (eve though I used it myself).
Martial "Art"
Touch Base.... ewww management speak.
Slippery Slope
Smoking Gun
In other words
Big picture

Here's a site with loads (not much to do with skepticism though Smile).

http://www.bored.com/findcliches/
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Tue Sep 16, 2008 5:46 pm

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Slippery Slope
Smoking Gun

Yes, I wonder why you don't like those too Laughing

Here's some more:

the over-use of the word "like"

Here's some books that might interest you on this subject:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_ss_w_h_/026-1621669-8232432?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dictionary+of+bullshit
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Wed Oct 29, 2008 6:02 pm

Jamie,

the over-use of the word "like"

And whats wrong with us Geordies putting 'like' at the end of our sentences?

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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Thu Oct 30, 2008 12:45 pm

The geordie use of the word "like" at the end of sentences I have no problem with nor the Wiltshire lot etc. Those are entrenched in your culural dialect and I wouldn't change them for the world.

It is the more fake Americanized version where they seem to turn everything into a simile "I am like going out" and "I am like 'duh' and she is like 'no way' and I am like 'yeah' and she is like..." ad nauseum. The only people permitted to use the word like in that way should be Shaggy from the Scooby Doo cartoons!
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Thu Oct 30, 2008 3:03 pm

Im watching scooby doo daily and collecting the dvd's, but cant find any with scrappy Crying or Very sad

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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Thu Oct 30, 2008 8:16 pm

It became quite trendy to loathe Scrappy Doo at some period. This came out in the first Scooby Doo feature film. And yet he was always my favourite.

Scooby Doo were debunkers before they sold out. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Fri Oct 31, 2008 6:26 pm

That explains why they made him the bad guy! I always thought that was a very poor ending.

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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Wed Nov 05, 2008 1:09 pm

Me too. During my time when I was just trying to get anything published, I actually wrote an online review of the first film!

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A2YMI4AIPTXVEB?ie=UTF8&display=public&sort%5Fby=MostRecentReview&page=2
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PostSubject: Re: Cliches and non-words   Wed Nov 05, 2008 3:52 pm

What a good idea, just write, anything and everywhere Smile

Damn I can be a writer yet Smile

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