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Andrew / October 25, 2007 10:00 AM

Suggested by Jen. If you've got an idea for a Fuel question, email it to inbox at gapersblock.com.

Cliff on Rosedale / October 25, 2007 10:08 AM

I have a bad habit of starting sentences with the word "Actually..." when being actual isn't necessary. I hate myself for it.

p / October 25, 2007 10:27 AM

its been pointed out to me that i end alot of sentences with "what do you think of that?" as in "i'm gonna eat this entire muffin. what do you think of that?" i also say motherlover alot.

David / October 25, 2007 10:44 AM

"You've got to be kidding me."

kate / October 25, 2007 10:48 AM

I say "right?" a lot. It's usually a response to stuff I'm not really listening to and want to give some sort of response so it seems like I'm paying attention.
Someone else: "Man, it's windy."
Me: "Right?"

When making a point when I'm a little heated I tend to preface it with "Guess what!"
Me: "Guess what - you're an asshole!"

And instead of saying "hey" or "how's it goin?" or "what's goin on?" I started saying "What's crack-a-lackin?" earlier this year. Sometimes I throw a "cracka" at the end of it. I like it.

ahn / October 25, 2007 10:53 AM

i've gotten into the very bad habit of abusing lolcat. "do not want," "my ___, let me show you it," "i can has ____." i'm displeased with this development. do not want.

dan / October 25, 2007 11:16 AM

I say "awesome" way too much, which is something I'm really not proud of. Both as a substitute for "I understand" and "Great!" I've tried to stop, but it's too ingrained in my everyday vocabulary.

I have a couple of Irish friends who exclaim "Legend!" in a positive situation.

A couple of Japanese folks I know use "Su Gaaayyyyyyyyy jan!" when they see something fantastic. Sort of the Japanese equivalent of "F*ckin' A!"

I wish I could use any of the above without sounding like a bit of an idiot.

kelly / October 25, 2007 11:19 AM

"Good gravy!"

&

" 'Lil bit"

Elizabeth / October 25, 2007 11:30 AM

"whatever." I say it when I don't know what else to say, in breaks in the conversation, It def. gets overused. When I'm not saying "Whatever" I say "good times"

When I'm drunk I tend to start everything with "All I'm saying is.." except I say it with a Long Island accent. I don't know why...

Nuke LaLoosh / October 25, 2007 11:31 AM

I sometimes fall back on
"Christ on a crutch!"
or
"Christ on cracker!"
as exclamations of surprise.

In that religious motif, I sometimes say "Jesus (hay-zoos), Maria, Jose (ho-zay)" (with the Spanish accentos) to indicate the same thing.

I hereby give my official notice that I am going to use the Irish "legend!" expression to indicate enthusiasm or awesomeness from now on.

Y A J / October 25, 2007 11:50 AM

My experience in Ireland was that folks used “Jesus, F*ck” as a lead in to any exclamation, or like a period at the end of an excited statement. So, now I (over)use that with my bad fake brogue.

alison / October 25, 2007 11:50 AM

I am a horrible, terrible user of "like" when describing how things/conversations happened.

As in, "Then she was like,'I hate that guy.' and I was like, 'Me too!.'"

It's wretched.

I also have a habit of calling songs "jams," which is probably annoying as well.

JAH / October 25, 2007 11:52 AM

Fuuuuck meeee!

skafiend / October 25, 2007 11:54 AM

"I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'..." Love using that and don't regret it one bit. Good way to tell somebody they look like shit without ruining the friendship. Good in lots of other situations too...

"So, was it good for you too?"
"Well, I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'..."

Also partial to "fuck that shit!" Like to use it everywhere.

"What?? Boneless chicken breasts for $1.20 a pound??? Fuck that shit!... let's go somewhere else."

eep / October 25, 2007 11:54 AM

I'm saying "Awesome!" or "Okay, awesome!" lately. I blame watching a bunch of How I Met Your Mother episodes all in one day.

I also say "Good times" in response to random, stupid things:

"It's supposed to be cold today."
"Good times."

"No one ever fixes the paper jams in this printer."
"Good times."

How is that a proper response? How?

Val / October 25, 2007 12:17 PM

I say:

"The point of the matter is..."
(I make too many points)

And

"Oh my word!"
(I blame my grandmother)

And

"I do what I want"
(Friend: "Are you seriously drinking that much on a Tuesday night?" Me: "I do what I want!")

wackpuma / October 25, 2007 12:24 PM

For a long time now I use "Word" as a greeting and a goodbye, so much that I don't realize I'm doing it.

The contractors from India at my work, are just now starting to understand me.

Also, I despise the "good time" phrase.

Sam / October 25, 2007 12:32 PM

I used to say "dude" and "man" so much at my first job that they started calling me "the Dude-Man". Which inevitably led to such questions as, "what? the Dude-Man is a chick?"

Now I just say "fuck" a lot, which I think is pretty normal...my neighbor laughed when I said "fuckin' flowers" the other day.

When I got back from Spain, I annoyed myself by saying, "Quién?", instead of "who?", as the time I spent there I was surrounded by gossipy 20-year olds. It would be like, "OMG, Quién?".

Mo / October 25, 2007 12:47 PM

I overuse "dude" and "awesome" way too much.

I do like saying, "I'm just sayin'" for all the reasons skafield mentioned before. You can say the meanest thing ever, but if you follow it up with, "I'm just sayin" with a little shoulder shrug, all is good.

i type too often "for realz" and "oh nos". it started as a joke, but unfortunately, they have become standards in my vocab. It NEEDS TO STOP NOW.

Alex / October 25, 2007 12:48 PM

I say "you're a douche" a lot when referring to people I don't like, or people who do bad things. I could call people assholes or mutha fuckers but feel that douche isn't as offensive yet still gets my point across. And I'll stop saying "you're a douche" once there are no more douches in the world today.

Carrie / October 25, 2007 12:49 PM

I'm a big user of "like", too to describe conversations. I try not to use it so much, but then my story gets jumbled b/c I'm trying to think of another word to use.

I've also been saying "holy bananas" a lot.
Examples:

"holy bananas! we got the calculators in!"
or
"holy bananas that guy was ape shit!"

It can be used in many situations, which is why I like it.

milena / October 25, 2007 12:51 PM

Like Dan, I use the word awesome all the time. I honesly have no idea when that word creeped into my daily vocab, but it did and I dont think its going anywhere.

I do think that no matter what your catch phrase you should embrace it, its part of you and who you are, so being annoyed by it shouldnt be an issue as many of you expressed. Sure we all want to come across best as possible socety as whole-but hell, if you use the word fuck alot, thats just who you are, nothing to be ashamed about

milena / October 25, 2007 12:54 PM

Like Dan, I use the word awesome all the time. I honesly have no idea when that word creeped into my daily vocab, but it did and I dont think its going anywhere.

I do think that no matter what your catch phrase you should embrace it, its part of you and who you are, so being annoyed by it shouldnt be an issue as many of you expressed. Sure we all want to come across best as possible to socety as whole-but hell, if you use the word fuck alot, thats just who you are, nothing to be ashamed about

Jo / October 25, 2007 1:15 PM

I have picked up "whatevs" in replace of "whatever", I thought I was the only one till I heard it on a TV show the other day. I also use "fuck me with a rusty screwdriver" when I'm frustrated or realized I'm screwed.

Andrew / October 25, 2007 1:15 PM

@skafiend: "What?? Boneless chicken breasts for $1.20 a pound??? Fuck that shit!... let's go somewhere else."

Either you have an amazingly cheap source for chicken breasts, or you haven't actually bought chicken in awhile. If it's the former, please share!

My catchphrases: "Woot!" and the far overused "awesome." I wish to rid myself of that word, but it keeps cropping up.

T / October 25, 2007 1:20 PM

snerts.
(said in mild frustration)

or

peace pipe.
(said in a shocked, excited tone)

T / October 25, 2007 1:22 PM

You can also substitute

pitch fork.

for peace pipe

jennifer / October 25, 2007 1:23 PM

I tend to fall into french. not too often, but a little 'quoi?' or 'je ne sais pas' sprinkled about.

while this has tapered off a bit, I'm also a regular user of britishisms. why not call it a 'loo?' why not exclaim 'bollocks!'

some people find these habits annoying and likely label me a poseur of sorts. well, bollocks on them.

danny / October 25, 2007 1:25 PM

yikes.

Tom Drake / October 25, 2007 1:29 PM

It's casual.

mucifer / October 25, 2007 1:45 PM

"totally" turned into
"totes" turned into
"turts" turned into
"turtally"

ugh.

my friend jose constantly changes his catch phrase. each one gets months of over use. our years as friends have inundated me with:

"bitch," "i'll smack you," "too cute," "you know dat," "yes ma," "fierce."

yes, he's gay.

Cliff on Rosedale / October 25, 2007 1:50 PM

"I'm not sayin', I'm just sayin'..." is a great one that I've used before.

I realized that lately I've been saying "teh suxxors" exactly as it's written. I tend to get funny looks when I say it. I don't explain.

Oh, and I use "Nice." As a follow up to someone's negative statement. For example:

"Those dumba$$ Chicago Aldermen are talking about banning veal next!"

"Nice."

ac / October 25, 2007 2:17 PM

I use "holy" ala Robin from the tv Batman a lot. Anything notable becomes "holy ____"

"shitballs!" when something goes wrong

we use IM at work a lot and on there I am known for weighing in with the highly articulate "word".

pantagrapher / October 25, 2007 2:24 PM

Don't tase me, bro.

fluffy / October 25, 2007 2:47 PM

I call everyone "Fucko" ..As in, "Listen, Fucko. That chicken head is not yours!"

Other than that, I sometimes yell out obscenities at work for no reason.

kyle / October 25, 2007 2:50 PM

i was turned on to "shit the bed" a few years back by a friend...i try not to use it often, however, packs a nice punch...as in...you walk outside in the rain w/out your umbrella......"ah, shit the bed"
give it a whirl...cheers

pat / October 25, 2007 2:50 PM

Ever the old man (in my 30s) i find myself saying "I don't know how I feel about that" usually about things that I know I don't like, such as...

"That Transformers movie, they made Bumblebee a camaro... I don't know how I feel about that." Usually accompanied by "Those Kids!"

When I'm trying to find the right words for something, I often fill the space with a "How do you say in english."

And my other "filler" tends to be scoodleywah. It works as either a noun or verb:

"You just fit the scoodleywah into the doo-hickey."

"When you're done with your home work, you can just scoodleywah on over."

I liked the word so much, i turned it into my website.

snuh / October 25, 2007 2:56 PM

"fuck everything. i hate everyone."

Megan / October 25, 2007 3:20 PM

Like Jo, I've also adopted "whatevs." It's like "meh" with more syllables.

I'm also known for "How hard can it be?" Such as "Huh, peppermint patties. I bet those are pretty easy to make. How hard could it be?"

Michael / October 25, 2007 3:40 PM

Balls!

annie / October 25, 2007 3:49 PM

yikes

blah blah blah, which is my version of yada yada yada. Thankfully, I only use this at work when I don't feel like explaining something.

dude

sweet jane / October 25, 2007 3:51 PM

i go with the traditional elaine from seinfeld....'shut up!!!!!!'.........it gives me an excuse to be physical while yelling....

amyc / October 25, 2007 3:53 PM

My beloved and I say "Hey, remember that time [event or thing happened]?" to each other all the time, sometimes only moments after said event occurred.

"Hey, remember that time we went to A&T for breakfast?"

"Hey, remember that time we got married?"

We've been doing this for years. The first time I heard Regina Spektor's "That Time" I freaked out, like she'd been spying on us. I'm not convinced she isn't.

Also, I say "awesome" way too much and often end my sentences with "So..." followed by nothing. ("I finished my work and I'm taking off a little early, so...")

Mindy / October 25, 2007 3:55 PM

i say 'balls!' too! i used to say 'fuck!' a lot at work, but people got offended. also, when i'm really angry i use the phrase 'suck my dick' as in '____ can suck my dick!' which upsets and confuses people, since i am female.

Felix / October 25, 2007 4:17 PM

I tend to say "Straight home." to people instead of just saying goodbye.

Ramsin / October 25, 2007 4:27 PM

It's got to be "douchebag." Although some have pointed out that I do this thing where I shrug my shoulders up and talk in a high voice when referring to something or someone who is just so precious. You gotta see it, but trust me, it's annoying.

Steven / October 25, 2007 4:33 PM

"I could just pass out."

Whether I'm tired, drunk, excited or just plain annoyed with someone's stupidity, "I could just pass out" expresses my sentiments exactly.

Spook / October 25, 2007 4:38 PM

Oh, you want annoying? I''ll give you annoying!

Actually, like Andrew noticed I tend to fixate on random words and phrase,- sometimes whole sentences
that I get from certain books.

Sometimes I latch on to these for a week, a month or even years!

Like when the first major suicide bomb blew up in Mosul Iraq and it became really clear that Iraq was an endless bloody hot mug of "Repeat-nam" for us, I said “Mosul” a lot.

Instead of “F*ck”, I said “Mosul” If I was drunk I called people I knew “Mosul” and if I was making fun of random yuppies, I’d say check out “Mosul” over there!
Or get your “Mosul” over here!

Years ago I had a cool neighbor from Belgium, Oscar, who went to a French restaurant named Le Bouchon in Bucktown.
When he got back I asked him how was it and what did he have to eat?
Because his English wasn't perfect, instead of saying
“How do pronounce frog legs in English” Oscar said “How do you saayyy, leg frogsss of course?”

Until this day I still manage to insert “leg frogs, of course!” into sentences, I also say “frogs of the legs” or just "leg frogs"

In an earlier Sopranos Episode, Uncle Junior referred to Tony as a “Moe”
So I named my Mortgage “Moe”
As in “Mo” shows up at my door every month. Invite “Moe” in for cappuccino and “Moe” will graciously accept. But when Mo gets up Moe, wants to be paid, no excuses, period!"

Let’s see how long "Twitter” lasts like "that's sooo Twitter!" and “she is like sooo "Twitter!"

In some ways this is a whittling process for my romantic life, as you can imagine, not all women can take it.

holden / October 25, 2007 4:49 PM

i have a bad habit of ending my statements with a "so...." or a "but..." and then a small shrug or a nod. there's no need for those conjuctions but i throw them out there anyways, so....

i like "fuck all" and "fer fuck's sake" when frustrated.

Steven / October 25, 2007 4:58 PM

"Huh". Exciting, I know. It usually comes out when I've just seen/heard something that completely boggles my mind, something that makes no sense whatsoever. Nothing else comes to mind except "Huh".

My wife loves saying "Chicken butt" and "doobies", as in "Ooohhhh look at the doobies, she's so cute!"

Chris / October 25, 2007 5:08 PM

Like many, I tend to overuse, then phase out, expressions. Currently, it's the exclamation, "Holy mother of CRAP!" I get the feeling my fiancee thinks it's vaguely blasphemous, but since it comes out automatically, I don't feel bad.

My long-standing non-commital response is "rock-n-roll."

Ellen / October 25, 2007 5:13 PM

Recently, I met a bunch of new people at an event and found myself frequently saying "Excellent." Yikes! Had to nip that in the bud! Think I'll try "Nifty" next time! My husband says "Don't panic" (from Douglas Adams) a lot and "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?" all the time, but then he's an electronics engineeer with Army communications experience, so he's allowed to be that geeky!

C-Note / October 25, 2007 5:24 PM

I've just been quoting Bob Dylan all week, and not really on purpose - just psyched about the show this weekend: "you're right from your side/and I'm right from mine," and a week ago, "seven more days, all I gotta do is survive," and "people see me all the time/and they just can't remember how to act," and to the girlfriend, it's "you're an idiot, babe/it's a wonder that you still know how to breathe," etc.

Mateus / October 25, 2007 5:58 PM

I have several:

Word: can be used to show agreement or surprise.

Thanks, man: said in all situations where thanks are needed, regardless of gender of recipient

Homeboy/girl: to refer to any friend

Sweating like a whore in church: used when I am sweating, there is no other way to sweat in my opinion

Bridget / October 25, 2007 7:48 PM

Good People, Good times!

Amanda / October 25, 2007 8:12 PM

Lately, I keep saying "obviously" in front of everything. That's not good, because what I find obvious, others might not. I also say "fabulous" and "groovy" a lot, but people think the latter is retro.

skafiend / October 25, 2007 8:30 PM

Andrew...

LOL... yeah, I totally pulled that price out of my ass. I drew a blank on the price of chicken breasts when I was writing it. But in the little bodega-ish store down the street from me I can get a decent sized boneless chicken breast for about $2.50 and a TWO mediocre ones for about $2.50-ish

Back to the Phrase that Pays:

I used to try my best to work "Jesus H Christ On A Skateboard!" into my vocabulary as an exclamation of surprise at something after hearing it at a Penn and Teller show here in Chicago a bunch of years ago, but I couldn't shoehorn it in to regular conversattion. Still I miss it... sniff..

kitty / October 25, 2007 9:14 PM

'jack-ass-hole' was a favorite for years.

hadn't thought about it for a while. might have to dust it off.

lately i've been liking 'snap' - good substitute swear word which can be used liberally around the kid...

spandex / October 25, 2007 9:16 PM

"Oh f*ck me running!"

And when things turn out all right,
"Thank Jah on Tuesday"
Or whatever day I decide.

I'm still laughing about Spook's "first time"... Classic

spandex / October 25, 2007 9:21 PM

"Oh f*ck me running!"

And when things turn out all right,
"Thank Jah on Tuesday"
Or whatever day I decide.

I'm still laughing about Spook's "first time"... Classic

JasonB / October 25, 2007 9:38 PM

"It's got electrolytes!"

Carlotta / October 25, 2007 11:00 PM

"No problem" e.g. someome bumps into me and says "I'm sorry/excuse me." That's how I acknowledge their apology.

Staci / October 25, 2007 11:24 PM

I say "super" and "awesome" a lot. In emails, I use "so" and "just" way too much. Awhile ago I started saying "totes", "obvi", "whatevs," and "sor" in a sarcastic way, but now they have crept into my actual speak. It annoys me and I hate it, so I'm trying to stop.

J D / October 26, 2007 12:07 AM

son-of-a-bitch
and
F**K ME...
Suits alomst any situation.
Particularly with the hardcore Lutherian in-laws.

John / October 26, 2007 12:19 AM

Mine is work related. I am a special ed. teacher, working with high school aged multiple need, autistic/behavior challenged students.

When they are attempting a task and start to do it wrong, instead of raising your voice, saying "No" or "Not that way, you need to ....." ( or perhaps swearing in your mind!!) I simply state in a matter of fact tone, "Try another way."

It allows the student to realize they are doing the task incorrectly and to attempt it in some other fashion. Hopefully the correct way!!

If they don't figure out what to do after I've said it once or twice, I then start to give some form of assistance.

It's a simple phrase, negative free, can be used anywhere with any task, and helps keep your cool.

I learned it from the late Marc Gold, a U of I professor. He used it back in the early 70's in his training sessions , teaching severely handicapped kids to assembly a 24 piece Bendix bicycle brake. He wanted sheltered workshops to get complex assembly jobs instead of simple bagging or 2 to 4 step jobs for their clients, as they then would earn more.

lori / October 26, 2007 1:19 AM

Jesus,Mary and Joseph!

Fucking hell. I say that about a thousand times a day. My kids try to get me to stop, but fucking hell, I like to say it.

crummy crumb cakes. don't know where that came from, but it came out one day and I liked it so much I just kept on with it.

'the thing is....." and also, "clearly......"

here's me trying to get out of the house with the kids:

"clearly no one is going to stop playing DS long enough to get their shoes on." Fucking hell, where are my keys? Jesus Mary and Joseph! How many times do I have to say put your shoes by the front door when you come in and there they will be when you want them later. The thing is, no one ever listens to me. oh crummy crumb cakes. the dog is still out back.

paul / October 26, 2007 8:51 AM

I used to say 'Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the donkey' a lot.

But these days it's just a rambling string of vocalized pauses, actually's, so's, cool's and unnecessary apostrophe's.

I'm going to start working "like a $1.20 a pound chicken breast" into my conversations.

skee bop / October 26, 2007 8:59 AM

"blow me"

As in: "Blow me tv remote" or
"blow me parking space."

flange / October 26, 2007 9:13 AM

it wouldn't surprise me if aldi had $1.20/pound chicken breasts.

probably in an endcap display, not so much in the coolers.

dan / October 26, 2007 9:22 AM

i forgot to mention this one...

"Boo--urns!"

Jenn / October 26, 2007 9:28 AM

"Okey dokey, Pokey!"

"Alrighty, Uptighty."

"Let's go o-lee-o."

Now that I have a fast-talking, slow-walking kid, I use these much much more than I did before. But, embarrassingly, none of them saw their advent with the kid.

Erica / October 26, 2007 10:37 AM

"The simple fact that ..." to preface statements.

It's filler disguised in an important-sounding phrase, unnecessary and, as an editor/writer who knows better, I'm not supposed to say stuff like that. I think I do it because it sounds stupid and annoys people. Sometimes that's the whole point of speech.

graumach / October 26, 2007 10:46 AM

Starting responses with "Yeah, well..."

Acknowledging with "Righright."

Misc exclamations: "Ohh, f_uckin' hell!" "Well, f_ck me." "Jeezum Craw" or "Jesus Christ on a backhoe."

Movie/TV dialogue reference: "Plate of shrimp." and "No sir, I don't like it."

Lori / October 26, 2007 11:04 AM

oh yes, Jenn reminded me that I often say "chop chop chunky monkey!" to a dawdler.

graumach / October 26, 2007 11:23 AM

I also use the phrase okey-doke but in a way that I guess is regional (or something). As in: "I ain't falling for the okey-doke." That's how I always heard it used back home.

And I found it amusing when I moved to the midwest and found that the Okey Doke comes in a bag.

HV / October 26, 2007 11:24 AM

My favorites are:

Awesome. (must be in response to something unpleasant: "Our bathroom ceiling is caving in. Awesome.")

Fer Pete's sake. (or, when that won't do it, fer f*'s sake: like when you're carrying heavy groceries, plastic bags are cutting off circulation to your arms and you drop your keys trying to unlock the front door, "Oh fer f*'s sake!")

Loooooove you! (when I do something annoying. I think this came from Family Guy.)

Hmmmm. (you must tap your lip with your pointer and squint medatively off into space when you say this.)

cns / October 26, 2007 11:55 AM

To keep things rolling: "So, tell me about ______"

Goodbyes: "Smell ya, [Name]."
Also, "[Name]: Smell ya."

In place of a "Totally _____",
I'm fond of "Turtles ______"

For all occasions:
"Bitch betta have my money"
"Holy cannoli"
"Douchey"
and, as garnish for any song, a longish spell of spontaneous scatting.

Bill V / October 26, 2007 12:50 PM

Shut the Fuck up! instead of Give Me a Break!

hosh / October 26, 2007 2:28 PM

"____ makes me want to poop."

"Fuck that"

"Rad"

Spook / October 26, 2007 2:52 PM

ya whole style, is chump!

Indianbadger / October 26, 2007 4:37 PM

It is what it is.

igo / October 26, 2007 5:28 PM

John, I love "try another way". Will it work on boyfriends?

igo / October 26, 2007 5:29 PM

A few years ago we went to see the Blueman Group and they do a bit involving throwing Captain Crunch into the audience. There was a super super drunk guy in front of me and he started screaming "CRAPPIN' CRUNCH! CRAPPIN' CRUNCH

igo / October 26, 2007 5:31 PM

Sorry, hit the wrong key.

So anyway, now whenever I am faced with a challenging situation, what do I say (or at least think?)

Crappin' Crunch!

Darwin / October 26, 2007 5:33 PM

Where are we gonna put it?

Jen / October 26, 2007 6:57 PM

Favorite new catchphrase at work: "There was a... Thing." It succinctly explains, "There was a long ugly discussion about that decision already, so stop making suggestions about it."

spook / October 26, 2007 8:50 PM

ah, The Blueman Group......

Um igo, you wouldn't happen by chance to live in the burbs would you?

Jvh / October 26, 2007 9:06 PM

Bollocks!

erik / October 27, 2007 9:52 AM

Depends on the context; sometimes its because I'm pissed or something is really shitty, sometimes I say this because what's happened is really good. "Fuck a Duck!"

Dutch101 / October 27, 2007 9:59 AM

I often try to elicit agreement by following statements with "Ya know?" which is sort of annoying.

I use lots of colorful colloquial expressions, like "Six of one, half-dozen of the other."

I am also a fan of "Christ on a crutch" or "Jumpin' Jesus."

I say "Dude" and "Bro" kind of a lot. I like to think of it as tongue in cheek, but probably at times is just pure cheese.

lara / October 27, 2007 1:00 PM

"tender"
"cute"
"oh heiwl no, heiwl no" (from some forgotten yet charming old black man in my past)
"sheeeeeit" (clay davis from the wire)
"true story" (as a sign of validation with an enthusiastic nod)
"well i'll be dipped" (the omitted clause is 'in horseshit', too crass for my mother from whence the phrase comes.


note: like many of you, these all get overused. less is more, folks. less is more.

emdub / October 28, 2007 8:08 AM

I use much of the above phrases. But what I'd like to start using is "Nobbly Oaty Biscuits", instead of "motherfucker" or the like. It would probly devolve into "Nobblyodybiscits"

Brian / October 28, 2007 12:23 PM

I've been watching too much BBC America lately. So, one of the phrases that has made it into my everyday vocabulary is “Oh, for f*cks sake!” That seems to have replaced the everyday “F******CK!”

Another is “I'm right knackered” for I'm tired. Gives it more emphasis, I think. I'm not just tired, I'm right knackered!

I really should turn off the telly.

Meems / October 28, 2007 2:13 PM

"For the love of God!"

"You've GOT to be kidding me."

and my favorite

"I don't want to work tomorrow."

Vanessa / October 28, 2007 9:38 PM

Currently a fan of "Brilliant!" and it is said as an exclamation and as an adjective.

"Awesome" is also, unfortunately, in my vocabulary. If anyone has any ideas on how to get rid of the word, let me know.

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