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Started by Stillife on 01-Jan-2017 22:24:31
Words or phrases you would never use

(Except in this thread of course) Ones I am sure I would never utter are; 'Ubiquitous' (hope that is the way to spell it),'Genre' and the phrase'My go to book'

esmeralda - 01 Jan 2017 22:40:37 (#1 of 752)

A friend who spent part of his "year off" teaching English in a nice prep school suggested that the nice children wrote two lists of all the nice and nasty words they knew (for the purposes of writing poetry) ... and was horrified when they all wrote swear words in their best books.

I was about to say there was no word I would not consider using. And then thought perhaps not the "n" word or the "c" word. Although no anglo-saxon terms would be ruled out if I were, for example, reproaching next door's cat for shitting in the garden again and no-one could hear me ... The only words I would not use, or would not use in that way, would be ones which might offend other people.

Why would you never say ubiquitous? Seems harmless enough to me.

pranzingfrogg - 02 Jan 2017 00:44:27 (#2 of 752)

"Blue sky thinking"

upgoerfive - 02 Jan 2017 00:58:58 (#3 of 752)

So when Muhammad Ali said "No Viet Cong ever called me 'Nigger'", were you offended?

Flicker - 02 Jan 2017 01:03:38 (#4 of 752)

At the end of the day

Be a 'question talker'

upgoerfive - 02 Jan 2017 01:19:25 (#5 of 752)

Like this?

xbod72 - 02 Jan 2017 01:34:18 (#6 of 752)

"End of."

I might say various things that include those words such as "at the end of the programme", of course. But you know what I mean.

flowbagging - 02 Jan 2017 02:47:21 (#7 of 752)

A place I used to work involved rather heated discussions on occasion, "end of" was always a dire thing, but "fair point" followed by a speech about why it wasn't was far worse.

Shabbyman - 02 Jan 2017 04:43:42 (#8 of 752)

Mine host (Not, I hope, that anyone says that anymore.)

Job's a good 'un

Does what it says on the tin

Train station/line/track

Step up to the plate

Very unique

flowbagging - 02 Jan 2017 06:10:52 (#9 of 752)

Careening for travelling at speed.

Hone in on.

Peacock - 02 Jan 2017 06:14:08 (#10 of 752)

It is what it is

Now here's the thing

bossab2 - 02 Jan 2017 07:13:40 (#11 of 752)

"Heads up"

Catspyjamas16 - 02 Jan 2017 07:34:00 (#12 of 752)

I use ubiquitous, it's a lovely word.

If you ever see me write or hear me say hubby or hun, other than on this thread, you have my permission to thump me on the arm.

SinnerBoy - 02 Jan 2017 07:35:55 (#13 of 752)

I sometimes have occasion to use the word "ubiquitous," in the reports I write, for my work.

coshipi - 02 Jan 2017 07:48:55 (#14 of 752)

Not that they're phrases I ever use anyway, but if I were to write "my go to book" I'd hyphenate "go-to," likewise "blue-sky thinking."

I sometimes say "Methinks" in jest. Sometimes people actually get annoyed, which is definitely not my intention.

But here's some real Blue Sky thinking:

thisonehasalittlehat - 02 Jan 2017 08:05:52 (#15 of 752)

Blue sky-thinking.

coshipi - 02 Jan 2017 08:06:38 (#16 of 752)


bossab2 - 02 Jan 2017 08:09:19 (#17 of 752)

Interesting point about the colour of the sea Cosh.

crackfox - 02 Jan 2017 08:14:56 (#18 of 752)

Iconic - Usually just means "famous"

"Money shot" - I know someone who uses this without realising the origin of the phrase and I don't have the heart to tell them...

FleurDuMal - 02 Jan 2017 08:17:43 (#19 of 752)

  • 'Singing from the same hymn-sheet'
  • 'Going that extra mile'
  • 'Exciting' (in the context of anything to do with work)

RosyLovelady - 02 Jan 2017 08:18:33 (#20 of 752)


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