Researchers at Oxford University have compiled what they are calling the "Top Ten Most Irritating Phrases."
The researchers who compiled the list monitor the use of phrases in a database
called the Oxford University Corpus, which comprises books, papers,
magazines, broadcast, the internet and other sources.
The database signals new words and phrases and can also tell them which expressions are disappearing. It also shows how words are being misused.
The top ten most irritating phrases
1 - At the end of the day
2 - Fairly unique
3 - I personally
4 - At this moment in time
5 - With all due respect
6 - Absolutely
7 - It's a nightmare
8 - Shouldn't of (it is “shouldn’t have”)
9 - 24/7
10 - It's not rocket science
Confession: I was in the midst of a potential problem analysis some years ago with part of the planet Mars design team in Princeton. They were planning the entire exploration project. In a moment of frustration I actually uttered the words, "Hey, this isn't rocket science." They suggested that I might be better suited for exploring the New Jersey Turnpike.