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Most annoying words/phrases in English

Time for another list, peeps!

Here’s a list of words/phrases which are overused/used incorrectly by so many people that it becomes annoying.

1. Literally

This had to be on the top. I hear a lot of this word in places it doesn’t have to be used-or shouldn’t rather. Take this sentence for example- I literally laughed my head off. No, you didn’t. If you did, you wouldn’t be living to say it. What it means is I did not literally laugh my heads off. I just don’t know what the word literally means. Don’t do it. The word literally can never precede a figure of speech, because you will then be implying the opposite. Of course, you’re allowed to say I literally peed my pants, though. If you’re a two year old.

2. Tmeses

Ok. Tmeses are  words which are formed by inserting a word in between the suffix and parent word of…a word. Examples are im-fucking-possible, un-fucking-believable. These words though could serve to emphasise what one has to say, they don’t make sense. It’s like someone forgot to use a word and you don’t know where to put it so you’ll cut a word in two and just leave it there.

3. Hedges

Well, I am guilty of this.Hedges are words that are used to reduce the intensity of whatever is following. Kind of, sort of…are all hedges. While, these words are generally helpful, they become annoying in answer to a yes/no question.

“Did you pass the exam?”

“Kind of”

See? It’s like you failed and passed the exam at the same time. Just answer the question with a yes or a no.

4. Typical

Aah. The word that teenagers use. Although I could just say I hate this word and stop with that because a majority would agree, I am going to try and explain why I find ‘typical’ annoying. It is because, most of the situations in which this word is used could be considered atypical. Like I hear women say- Men are so typical. First of all, men aren’t typical. There’s no such thing as a typical man. And secondly, you wouldn’t know because, you haven’t seen all the men. You’re generalizing and also sucking at it. All at once.

5. Love

The most beautiful feeling in this world. Also, according to me the fifth most annoying word. People just love everything these days- dogs, cats, food. But, it is even more so when the word love precedes an action. Like in – I love singing. No, you do not. You enjoy singing. You love your sexual partner. Your family. And a few friends.

6. All the time

Never use all the time unless you’re talking about something you’re actually doing all the time. Like breathing.

7. Last but not the least

I hate cliches! But this one takes the award home. I hear this a lot in acknowledgements and golden globe acceptance speeches. It is a dead give away that you’re being polite not to hurt the person whose name you’ve put in the end. It most definitely is the least important why else is it the last. There was this recipe which went…last but not the least, add sugar to taste…because sugar has feelings and it matters.

8. Too

Too much. Too good. Too gorgeous. Too hot. How much is too much! Unless we’re talking about a measurable quantity, and it has exceeded a standard amount, you’re doing it wrong.

9. Fillers

You know what’s the best filler? Silence. If you forgot what you had to say and you need time to think, just be quiet and think. Fillers can just make you come across as unprofessional and diffident and a person who has nothing to say-but fillers.

10. Absolutely

I really like this word. But the truth is there is no such thing as “absolute”. Unless, it has been proven otherwise. You’re not absolutely right, you just in agreement with your knowledge and reasoning believe that you’re right. You could be wrong and you don’t know that yet.

23 things you have to learn to do before you’re 23

First things first. I am not 23 yet. I will be in six months. And I have very mixed feelings about it. I feel like I haven’t made up my mind about so many so many things…it’s painful. But on the other hand, I am also looking forward with eager anticipation what adulthood holds for me. So, I just thought I’ll write one of those ubiquitous  lists in the line of ” x things x years of life has taught me” “x things you need to experience before you’re x years old.”.

The list is purely my opinion, and is not exactly “path to Nirvana”.

Here goes

1. Learn to lie without getting caught

The first thing you really need to learn to do is Lying. This is a really important skill you have to develop as early as possible. It takes immense creativity and spontaneity to cover up. And a decent amount of lying really works to benefit your relationships.

2. Learn to speak the truth

Yes, much as lying works, saying the truth becomes inevitable at times. Even though being honest will entitle you to being a really trustworthy person, it is really difficult to just tell the truth when it involves somebody else’ feelings. So it is important to speak intelligently EVEN when you’re only giving facts.

3. Learn to Remember

Chances are when you grow up, you’re only going to know more people, more names. Always find a way to remember these people, their anniversaries. You could do it by associating a picture, a funny line or a mnemonic. Learn it your own way, but learn it.

4. Learn to forget

Ok. I don’t really intend to speak in opposites, but forgetting is an important skill too. All those unpleasant memories from the past aren’t really worth your time because they are going to be replaced with even more unpleasant days anyway. Just get over it and make better use of your grey cells.

5. Learn to make connections

Not friends. Connections. Connections are friends you can make use of. In this world today, it is important to have people who can help you. This doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you a survivor. Go to those gatherings, find people in your areas of interest, make conversations, a little flirting doesn’t hurt either. PR is everything.

6. Learn to swim

I can tell you this because I can’t swim. Some of my friends though are like fish in water. So it’s embarrassing and also painful to be left out. So learn how to swim, or you’re just missing out on all that adventure.

7. Learn to accept failure

At 23, you have seen nothing, you’re yet to live like twice the number of years you have. So accepting defeat doesn’t mean you will give up. But that’s the very first step towards working better towards your goal. If failure leaves you bitter and cold, you’re still 12.

8. Learn to eat with discipline

Some people you see eat like pigs but are still very slim and sexy, that is because they have disciplined themselves to adhere to a fixed eating pattern and their system works perfectly well and their entire body is in harmony. And since 23 is the age you can look your best, I think you should try and eat well and understand the signals your body sends you.

9.Learn to drive

Get that damn license!

10. Learn  to sleep once you hit the bed.

God knows, I have trouble with this. Sleep is that one thing that totally rejuvenates you. And by learning how to sleep once you hit the bed you’re saving on all the extra bedtime you take up in the morning, and makes you so much more productive.

11. Learn to clean up after. Very quickly.

You have no time to waste sobbing and brooding. It is very important to get over your past. IN. NO. TIME.

12. Learn to end relationships gracefully

There is only one way #11 becomes possible

13. Learn to speak English properly

I don’t know how it is abroad, but in India, speaking good English is an asset. Learn to speak English without an accent, you’ll be surprised how much good this would do to your career.

14. Learn to use the internet

Ok. Since you’re reading this, I’ll skip this point.

15. Develop your own style

I know lesser than one or two things about fashion, but I think it is important to have your own style. Learn to carry out those clothes. To look beautiful is easy but to feel comfortable even in ugly is an art and takes a lot of getting used to. Not just clothes, everything you do, let your name be inscribed on it.

16. Learn to use silence communicatively

I can barely shut up. Even when I am not talking, I am communicating. Use different periods of silence and pauses to convey what you have in mind.

17. Learn to be emotionally independent

Never let another person’s state of mind influence yours. Practise detachment occasionally.

18. Learn to be funny

Yes, make people laugh. And do it as often as you can. Test your joke on your friends first. And just watch your friend circle grow in size!

19. Learn to argue without leading to a fight

This is difficult. When you’re talking about something you’re passionate about, and someone disagrees, it is hard to fight the need to gouge out their eyeballs. But fight it. Learn to defend your point with politeness. That person could prove to be more important to you than you thought.

20. Learn to be sympathetic

When someone is in trouble, learn to listen to them even if you can’t say anything that helps their situation. Even a perfectly timed nod or hug will do the trick.

21. Learn to Love. Deeply. Unconditionally.

I am really glad, I have learnt to do this. Love someone so much and so well that nobody can take that away from you. Not even you. And let it be steady even when you’re wronged on.This is the best ever spiritual exercise. Because that is how you’re going love your children.

22. Learn to Sex

I am not saying you should learn it by doing it. But once you’re 23, you should know fairly well how the thing goes. (I mean, how else are you gonna have dem babies?)

23. Learn to smile

No matter what happens….

Like they say, the best of lessons are taught outside the classroom.

2013 things my life has taught me

#1. Listen as much as you talk.

#10. Don’t let anyone dictate what you want in life.

#100. It is always just so much easier to please others than it is to please yourself.

#150. This too, shall pass.

#199. What is cute at three is stupid at twenty.

#200.    99.9999 < 100

#1000. Brush your teeth at least twice a day.

#1999. Just ask!

#2000.   Never be afraid to say sorry.

#2001. To err is human. To grr is animal.

#2002. Acknowledge all the little things other people do for you. 

#2003. You can learn things from the unlikeliest of people. There is never a person who isn’t capable of teaching you something.

#2004.   People are always worth another chance.

#2005. There are very few situations in life that licking chocolate sauce off your fingers can’t fix.

#2006. Each one is different. And in that very way we’re all the same.

#2007. Never read the end of a book first

#2008.  Laugh and cry whenever you feel like.

#2009.  Write an anonymous love letter addressed ‘To the one’ and leave it in a place where people can find it. Go on. You could make someone’s day.

#2010. Everybody has that one person that they can’t keep other people’s secrets from.

#2011. You couldn’t find what you’re looking for because it was on the third page of Google Search.

#2012. Never click a picture using the front camera of your phone to check on how you look.

#2013. New Year resolutions hold only as long as the year is new.

#2014. It is not entirely necessary to stick to numbers.

  Hope ya’ll have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2014 ahead!!!!!!