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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #495 on: June 10, 2014, 01:34:37 AM »
"Huddle".
 
I absolutely loathe that word and all it entails.

Sports? Seeking warmth?

I'm not sure what it "entails," I guess.

If my company is any guide, it's a borrowing of the sports concept for use in a business environment.  So we have 'huddle rooms' - small conference rooms seating about 4 people, which don't have to be reserved and are available for impromptu meetings.  It is very difficult to find meeting room space with less than a week's notice, so I actually like these.  Or a 'morning huddle' - short staff meeting, especially during a rush time, to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows what their priorities are for the day.

I have to say I do like 'let's take this offline' - it's a great bit of shorthand for 'Stop talking, already!'

A huddle is basically a short staff meeting to discuss any day to day issues.  I meant to explain this before and pressed the button earlier than I meant to lol!!!
 
I just really don't like the word.
We call our huddles "scrums", but that's probably because we're a rugby playing nation, so we borrow our sports phrases from that (along with "sprints", which are parts of the project). I don't really care about rugby at the best of times, but dragging its terminology into business is just annoying.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #496 on: June 10, 2014, 02:53:04 AM »
"Huddle".
 
I absolutely loathe that word and all it entails.

Sports? Seeking warmth?

I'm not sure what it "entails," I guess.

If my company is any guide, it's a borrowing of the sports concept for use in a business environment.  So we have 'huddle rooms' - small conference rooms seating about 4 people, which don't have to be reserved and are available for impromptu meetings.  It is very difficult to find meeting room space with less than a week's notice, so I actually like these.  Or a 'morning huddle' - short staff meeting, especially during a rush time, to make sure everyone is on the same page and knows what their priorities are for the day.

I have to say I do like 'let's take this offline' - it's a great bit of shorthand for 'Stop talking, already!'

A huddle is basically a short staff meeting to discuss any day to day issues.  I meant to explain this before and pressed the button earlier than I meant to lol!!!
 
I just really don't like the word.
We call our huddles "scrums", but that's probably because we're a rugby playing nation, so we borrow our sports phrases from that (along with "sprints", which are parts of the project). I don't really care about rugby at the best of times, but dragging its terminology into business is just annoying.

We call our huddles "scrums" too, but we're in the U.S. so I didn't know that a scrum meant anything else until your post. We use it to mean a meeting of about 8 people discussing status of tasks. I imagine that my line of work (engineering) doesn't use the word "huddle" because we're generally nerds who don't particularly care for sports.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #497 on: June 10, 2014, 03:45:01 AM »

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We call our huddles "scrums", but that's probably because we're a rugby playing nation, so we borrow our sports phrases from that (along with "sprints", which are parts of the project). I don't really care about rugby at the best of times, but dragging its terminology into business is just annoying.

We call our huddles "scrums" too, but we're in the U.S. so I didn't know that a scrum meant anything else until your post. We use it to mean a meeting of about 8 people discussing status of tasks. I imagine that my line of work (engineering) doesn't use the word "huddle" because we're generally nerds who don't particularly care for sports.
Whereas I knew "scrum" first as a sport term, so I was a bit baffled by its use in business (scrums are violent scuffles between two opposing teams for possession of the ball, not planning meetings to discuss strategy, why we use scrum instead of huddle is beyond me).
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #498 on: June 11, 2014, 12:26:04 PM »

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We call our huddles "scrums", but that's probably because we're a rugby playing nation, so we borrow our sports phrases from that (along with "sprints", which are parts of the project). I don't really care about rugby at the best of times, but dragging its terminology into business is just annoying.

We call our huddles "scrums" too, but we're in the U.S. so I didn't know that a scrum meant anything else until your post. We use it to mean a meeting of about 8 people discussing status of tasks. I imagine that my line of work (engineering) doesn't use the word "huddle" because we're generally nerds who don't particularly care for sports.
Whereas I knew "scrum" first as a sport term, so I was a bit baffled by its use in business (scrums are violent scuffles between two opposing teams for possession of the ball, not planning meetings to discuss strategy, why we use scrum instead of huddle is beyond me).

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #499 on: June 13, 2014, 07:16:23 PM »
A girl at work says  "...the thing of it is..." almost every time she starts to add things to what we are talking about. Drives me bananas.

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #500 on: June 13, 2014, 07:32:15 PM »
"..actually was...". Newspersons are saying this more and more, and it is worst on the ID channel.

Actually, I have picked this up and it is actually bothering me a lot. Really.  ;)

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #501 on: June 18, 2014, 10:21:19 AM »
I have a client that frequently runs late...he calls and says, "I will literally be there in 10 minutes"  only to show up an hour later.  I asked him if he knew what "literally" meant, he did not. 

I suggested he stop using the term!

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #502 on: June 18, 2014, 12:33:05 PM »
I have a client that frequently runs late...he calls and says, "I will literally be there in 10 minutes"  only to show up an hour later.  I asked him if he knew what "literally" meant, he did not. 

I suggested he stop using the term!

I might have suspected that he was just overly optimistic.    :)

But it doesn't surprise me that he didn't know what "literally" means.  I don't know why people use "literally" like that, but it is very annoying!

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #503 on: June 19, 2014, 11:02:06 AM »
"..actually was...". Newspersons are saying this more and more, and it is worst on the ID channel.

Actually, I have picked this up and it is actually bothering me a lot. Really.  ;)

Same here, actually.  I'm trying to cut it out.   ;)

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #504 on: August 05, 2014, 11:47:58 AM »
With time on my hands, was browsing through this thread today.  There came to mind a couple of expressions from the "fandom" scene -- tending to be used on certain message boards in honour of one or another particularly-loved author. One such affectation, habitually uses "fen" for the plural of "fan" -- on the model of "one man, several men".  Another such, is the word "filk" -- referring to songs in the general folk-music "idiom", made-up by would-be writers of such; either completely new, or adaptations / parodies.  Admittedly, harmless enough neologisms; but they annoy me, disproportionately -- for me, they reek of "cutesy / 'aren't we so very clever and original and edgy, and don't we know it' ".  And I've seen references to an experiment in the making of a song of the abovementioned kind, as a "filk bunny"; which truly made me want to vomit.

 

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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #505 on: August 05, 2014, 11:56:57 AM »
With time on my hands, was browsing through this thread today.  There came to mind a couple of expressions from the "fandom" scene -- tending to be used on certain message boards in honour of one or another particularly-loved author. One such affectation, habitually uses "fen" for the plural of "fan" -- on the model of "one man, several men".  Another such, is the word "filk" -- referring to songs in the general folk-music "idiom", made-up by would-be writers of such; either completely new, or adaptations / parodies.  Admittedly, harmless enough neologisms; but they annoy me, disproportionately -- for me, they reek of "cutesy / 'aren't we so very clever and original and edgy, and don't we know it' ".  And I've seen references to an experiment in the making of a song of the abovementioned kind, as a "filk bunny"; which truly made me want to vomit.
That's not special or specific to that forum.  "Fen" is widespread throughout the SF world, and "filk" has been around since the 1950's or 60's.
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Re: Just for Fun. Phrases or words that annoy you deeply...
« Reply #506 on: August 05, 2014, 12:12:30 PM »
With time on my hands, was browsing through this thread today.  There came to mind a couple of expressions from the "fandom" scene -- tending to be used on certain message boards in honour of one or another particularly-loved author. One such affectation, habitually uses "fen" for the plural of "fan" -- on the model of "one man, several men".  Another such, is the word "filk" -- referring to songs in the general folk-music "idiom", made-up by would-be writers of such; either completely new, or adaptations / parodies.  Admittedly, harmless enough neologisms; but they annoy me, disproportionately -- for me, they reek of "cutesy / 'aren't we so very clever and original and edgy, and don't we know it' ".  And I've seen references to an experiment in the making of a song of the abovementioned kind, as a "filk bunny"; which truly made me want to vomit.
That's not special or specific to that forum.  "Fen" is widespread throughout the SF world, and "filk" has been around since the 1950's or 60's.

I did say "message boards" (plural).  Am not hugely well-versed in those kind of scenes, and have come across these expressions only on the Net, and in the past few years.  The thread being about "personal peeves" of this kind -- fair or unfair, sensible or silly -- my personal take, is to find these expressions horrible; am not asking anyone else to agree !