30 Annoying Words and Phrases That MUST STOP!

We all have things that annoy us. For me it's annoying phrases or words - mainly because I end up using the bloomin' things and hating myself deep down inside. 

Ladies and gents, welcome to the page of rage... 

1. Labelling stuff 'cheeky'.
Since when are items 'cheeky'? If you want to have a pint with your mate on a Wednesday afternoon, it doesn't make said pint any more or, might I add, less cheeky than it does on a Saturday night. But do feel free to tell me if I'm wrong. I've always been interested in personality disorders of the average beverage.

2. It would be rude not to.
Whilst I'm standing tall on my soapbox can I also ask where you all get off, telling everyone that it would be rude not to as well? Because, actually, it would be rude if you were to! You'd be re-enforcing the sheer cheek of said pint by giving in to it.

3. Mumpreneur. Courtesy of Kerrie @ Wife Mum, Student Bum
As if 'entrepreneur' wasn't poncey enough, we now have new words dedicated to those who feel the need to add the fact that they're a mother as well. How utterly irritating. As you can gather I'm not an entrepreneur. I'm simply mumployed.

4. Hun. Courtesy of Michelle @ Seeing Rainbows
I am ashamed to say that this is one I have been caught up in. Hook line and sinker. I do it all the time and it's severely shameful. It's nothing but a fake term of endearment and it's not even correctly spelled. Gah!

5. Bae. Courtesy of Jamie-Lee @ Bibbity Bobbity Boo
FOR REAL?? I just. I can't.

6. Just sayin'. Courtesy of Claire @ Girl Geek Up North
Well I didn't think you'd telepathically informed me. It's a verbal hand to the face isn't it, a politely worded 'full stop and shut up'. Bore off with the rudeness. 

7. I don't mean to be rude but... Courtesy of Jenni @ Chilling with Lucas
So you're clearly about to ruffle my feathers then, yeah? This is way up there with "With all due respect"... prepare to be disrespected at the highest degree!

8. Totes, Well Jel, Bants, Ridic etc. Courtesy of Alicia @ A Mummy First
All this Southern 'reality' TV codswollop. I'M DOING IT MYSELF AND I WANT TO CUT MY TONGUE OUT. Please stop abusing the English vocabulary and dragging me down with you.

9. Throwing shade. Courtesy of kirstie @ Behind the Scent
Back in my day you were simply 'being shady'. Since when was it turned into a physical activity?

10. I'll reach out to them and... Courtesy of Rachel @ Rachel in Real Life
No. What you're going to do is call or email them aren't you? Reach out. Pfft.

11. I'm not gunna lie. Courtesy of Amy @ Amy Rutter
You mean to tell me you normally would? Keep an eye on those who use this phrase.

12. Cray cray. Courtesy of Tori @ The Adultier Adult
As Tori says "It's not even an abbreviation! It's the same amount of syllables and just makes you sound like a moron. Aaaaarrrggghhh!!"

14. So basically what it is, is this. basically. Courtesy of Deanna @ The British Belle 
Basically overusing basically when talking, basically.  Just spit it out!! It's things like this that ruin Jeremy Kyle for me. 

15. Smile, it might never happen. Courtesy of Deborah @ Country Heart & Home
Well it just did, you condescending meff.

16. I feel you. 
Remind me never to tell you anything ever again. 

17. It is what it is.
If it wasn't what it was then we wouldn't be referring to it as being the thing it is in the first place. Talk about stating the obvious.

18. I'm really OCD about that. Courtesy of Dizzy @ Twirliegirly
You mean anal. And even that's just wrong.

19. I literally died. Courtesy of Rebecca @ Pocahontas Jane
And yet here you are telling me the story. You need to be scientifically probed about that. Literally. 

20. Believe you me.
Wait, what? That doesn't even make sense. Why would I believe you?

21. Where did you last have it?
If I knew that, I wouldn't be asking for your input as to where it is currently.

22. Tour de force.
Pretentious much? Can we not just say it was good? *Sigh*

23. At the end of the day / The bottom line is...
I'll stop you right there. Did you know that there is one word you can use instead of spouting this irritating tosh? Ultimately. Please just use that. 

24. That ship has sailed.
Missed the boat on that one. 

25. Referring to things like make-up as 'beat'. Courtesy of Angi @ Two Different Worlds
As Angi put it - "My face looks beat" doesn't sound like a positive thing to me!

26. On fleek / On point Courtesy of Lesley @ The Rustic Wedding Company
What does this even mean? Ohhh, it's a good thing? Right, OK.

27. Telling you, it was hashtag cringe! Courtesy of Amy @ Purely Amy
Yes. Using the actual word hashtag to explain the situation's status during a conversation. #Cringe. 

28. Were you born in a barn?
Wow, I just forgot to close the door but thanks for pointing it out in such a way, you obnoxious git. 

29. You only live once (YOLO!)
You do know you only die once too, right? 

30. At this moment in time.
It's just an excuse to get out of what's being asked. Such a weak escape! Man up and say no instead. 

So there you have it. 30 of the most annoying words and phrases that simply must stop!! What others would you add? Are there any on here that you feel shouldn't be?


  1. This has brightened up my day! Thanks so much for including my suggestion, I love the caption you've put with it too haha! I'm guilty of probably about half of these, but I like to think I say them in irony haha...

    Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  2. I hate smile it may never happen. It's usually said when you are deep in thought!

  3. I have words that really annoy me too. The biggest one has to be Tamping. I hate that word and whenever i hear it is just really gets on my nerves, its just a stupid word x

  4. Oooh definitely some words there that drive me mad! Basically really annoys me!

  5. Ah yes and 'I turned round and said" - why did someone feel the need to pirouette??? Brilliant cheered me up x

  6. I love this! There's so many phrases that annoy me, but I admit I'm guilty of saying YOLO quite a lot.

  7. I think we all have those words that really annoy us - yet to some they are just everyday lingo . x

  8. What a great post, I am guilty of a few of these so apologise if I annoy any of you :) x

  9. well this post made me giggle, I must agree with quite a few of your choices.

  10. Lol. Lovely post. I say most of these phrases.

  11. OMG I totally agree with you. I work with an office full of millennials and I swear I never know what they are saying half the time. It's so annoying.

  12. Hi,
    I really laughed at the momtrepreneur one :) I call myself that often but I see how funny it is especially when you mention mumployed (he he ) I get it. I also call myself a solopreneur :) The YOLO I never got into, so at least with that one I'm still safe.
    All the best!

  13. I knew 'hun' would be in there! This is the first time I've seen anybody else acknowledge that it's misspelt! And I am also utterly ashamed to admit that I have occasionally used the term myself *hangs head in shame*

  14. I love using the word mompreneur and I know some people hate it.But that's okay we are all allowed our likes and dislikes.
    Extraordinarily funny and entertaining post.You have made this list very enjoyable.
    Just wonderful.

  15. That post made me smile. There are so many words and phrases which I find extremely annoying. 'Hun' is on top of my list.

  16. Pahaha I actually annoy myself as me and my friends tend to take the piss out of annoying things and then they just become ingrained as normal!

  17. Lol exactly why the hell do people go on about cheeky Nando's? It is hardly cheeky is it :p

    1. It does confuse the heck out of the Yanks though!

    2. It does confuse the heck out of the Yanks though!

  18. i say a lot of these haha YOLO definitely needs to go. i never caught onto that

  19. Yes! Pretty much any time a 'but' is involved, the person should just stop talking because they are probably making a bad decision. "I don't usually do/say this, but..." Probably still shouldn't. :)

  20. Haha, so very, very true! I am pleased to say none of these (except perhaps the occasional where did you last have it, with my kids who are ALWAYS losing stuff). :) Still have no idea what on fleek means. Is it a hairstyle?

  21. I am guilty of saying some of these, especially being born in a barn ha x

  22. Haha mumpreneur is so annoying. I've also heard 'blogpreneur'. So obnoxious!

  23. I couldn't agree with these more!! I also hate "I know it's a big ask" No, you are asking me a big favour, maybe. But a big ask? NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

  24. Haha I am prob guilty of using most of the above! Although if someone starts a sentence I don't mean to be rude you just know it's not going to be good X

    Miss Kitty Kaos - Adventures Of A Riot Grrrl

  25. I loved this! Thanks for featuring me. I remember you asking for suggestions for this and there were pages and pages of comments! That thread made my day.

  26. I say so many of these, everyone is annoyed by different statements but to some of us they are just everyday comments. Interesting to see what your pet peeves are

    1. Of course we do. I use half of them all the time! This is just a light hearted post to be taken with a pinch of salt :)

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  27. Heck I don't know what half of them mean, but my red rag is 24/7. I'm in my early 50's & I can easily every day/all day & night or whatever so I'm sure most people should be able to do too. Really winds me up along with "Fing/Fings" NO IT'S THING!!
    Better stop or else I'll be here 24/7 leaving fings that annoy the hell out of me!

  28. I'm not sure what half of these phrases mean. I thought I was cool until I read this. Next thing I know I'll be referring to myself as trendy - great post!

  29. hahaha great post. I can't stand it when certain publications write "XYZ cut a lonely figure" or a "cut a sat figure" just really gets on my nerves. Hon is the other one too.

  30. Love, love, love this list, this could be my 16 year old sons word list, he uses pretty much most of them on a daily basis, some as a joke but others as his usual language!

  31. Yes, I agree with so much on this list, but probably most with labelling stuff 'cheeky' - especially food and drink. I wish people would stop that, it's just a drink... enjoy it! x

  32. This is still making me chuckle as much as it did on the day that we all discussed it. So true and so funny! ON FLEEK... nooooo! x

  33. haha great list -some ive never heard of though - which is probably a good thing :) #KCACOLS

  34. HA! LOVE this list, brilliant! I will admit I definitely guilty of "cray cray" - my partner and I say it all the time, it started off tongue in cheek but now its slipped into our everyday vocabulary! Whoops!!!

    I agree so much with Bae and On Fleek...what does that even mean?!?!?!?!!

    My personal choices would have to be "I'll tell you this for nothing..." (I'm sorry, are you charging me for the rest of our conversation?!) and "GOALZ"...as in "That skirt is GOALZ! Your hairstyle is GOALZ!"...No. Ssssh. Stop it. Shut up.


  35. Basically I totes could have written this list hun! I literally laughed my head off at it. Believe you me it was a tour de force, and I'm ridic OCD about these things! I don't mean to be rude but at this moment in time I feel you're missing one. I hate it when people 'PING' me a cheeky email. I'm not gunna lie, it's hashtag cringe! Just sayin'...

  36. Haha I use half of these and not heard of the other half ;) fab list! #KCACOLS

  37. My old boss used to say 'it is what it is' all the time!When the proverbial hit the fan what help is that?!! #kcacols

  38. Haha - love this! & I'm pleased to say that I don't use any (because they annoy me too!), apart from 18. But I DO mean I was OCD, as I do have OCD, so that's okay, right?! (I AM also anal, but when I say I was OCD about something it is the OCD things!):D & Bae! Where has that come from?? Why?? Mumployed! I'm a SAHM - I'm literally (actually literally ;)) just 'mum'! That one has also reminded me of that time that George W Bush said 'the problem with the French is they don't have a word for "entrepreneur"' #KCACOLS

  39. LOL fun list. I'm happy to say that I don't use any or even heard of them apart from hun which I have only used once and the funny thing is that I used it 5 minutes ago for the first time and it actually felt strange LOL I guess it is because I'm not from here so I probably missed most of them. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. Happy to have you for the first time. Hope you like it, :-) xx

  40. I totes agree with your list! My personal pet peeves are 1) "gobsmacked" - why can't people just say they were amazed / astonished / shocked instead of using this stupid word? 2) "A pop of colour" - I am so fed up of reading this phrase in beauty and home decor articles. Maybe originally (several years ago) it was a neat and clever way of describing how the colour stands out, but now it is just a tired old cliche that needs to be retired forthwith.

  41. "my bad"..... seems to mean "sorry my mistake" but makes no sense at all


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