This, like, makes me cringe

*The post below enlists some commonly used expressions that IΒ find highly irritating. All opinions expressed in the post are highly personal and not intended to offend.


I presume it takes monumental effort to type that “O” before this. There was a time when people would say “okay”, which moved on to OK and now stands at a mere, meek letter. It makes me cringe each time I see it.

“Believe you me.”

I dislike the sentence construction with a vengeance. Yes, I know the rationale of this probably stemming from Old English constructions but there isn’t really any concrete evidence of the same. (I am willing to take submissions for this one.) Moreover, isn’t “believe me” appeasing enough without adding the “you” sandwiched in between? Why beg people to believe what you say? Duh.

“X raped Y.”

“Raped” here stands for insulting/opposing. I have heard people use this to emphatically express how someone made fun of a fellow mate, cooked a rotten dish, you name it. This, when the newspapers report heinous crimes each morning. I find it plain disgusting.


What does this mean? Much like “whatever”, this has almost become a sentence delimiter. We could just as well say “anyway”.


Can I blame Aishwarya Rai’s Dhoom-2 character for this one? It really isn’t cool to say “like” five times in a sentence with ten words. I like had gone there to like meet him like. Phew. Requires much more energy as well!

“Could you share your coordinates?”

I associate the use of “coordinates” outside Geometry class with jargon. For the lucky ones who haven’t heard of this one, people use coordinates for someone’s address, phone number and e-mail. These things will help you locate that person on the larger mental map, much like an (X, Y) coordinate. Very symbolic, but thank you.

Which are the colloquial English expressions that make you cringe?


28 thoughts on “This, like, makes me cringe

    • Oh yes, how did I forget “ma”? I hate the expression too. I thought “my” was one of the most basic words in the English language! All this nonsense people think sounds sweet, I tell you.

  1. Ah! Debo! This is a very good post! Like it ! πŸ™‚

    1. ‘Hmmm’ – I hate it. It is definitely a conversation stopper.
    2. ‘you know what I mean’ – Many people in my office say this after almost every sentence they speak. I hate them all! πŸ˜€
    3. ‘K’ – ‘K’ is really really hateful
    4. I am also guilty of using ‘Anyways’

    • You are absolutely right! “You know what I mean?” No, I don’t know what these people mean and neither do I care. Office jargon is like a Pandora’s Box. There is so much that I hate. “Let’s take a step back”, for instance. I detest it.
      Glad you liked the post, Lavender. πŸ™‚

  2. Seriously, share your coordinates? Glad I haven’t been told that one yet! How can you forget “Hmmm”? It’s the conversation dampener, conversation killer and every other accusation you can think of! And also when people write LOL in response to a really long and funny message you sent them, it’s almost disturbing. :p

    • Hmmmm, Adi. πŸ˜›
      Thanks for pointing out this one. And LOL as well. You are right; it’s almost disturbing. You wonder if what you said even registered.

      Yes, share your coordinates. That’s how absurd it gets. What more evidence do we need of being mere specks in the galaxy?

      Good to see you here. Hope to see you around more often. πŸ™‚

  3. hehe! I had not noticed, but reading this I realise I find these annoying too. Although I use them most of the times myself. The ones that would top the chart for me would be “lolz” (lol is still fine), “fyn” and “c u” (reads so poor)!

    • Exactly, no? Annoying is indeed the word. Oh my God, lolz is impossible. So is ROFL for that matter. This SMS lingo will be the death of me. Kids have started writing “u” and “r” almost as if our whole word system has changed.

  4. I regard this article with pleasure, eh ( pronounced AY in Canajen. Derives from Hey ?, thereby reflecting the Canadian sense of insecurity and our desire to arrive at a common ground & compromise, eh). πŸ™‚
    Respond to K with Okey-dokey. Then give them your coordinates with the Hokey-Pokey ( put your right foot in and your left foot out) πŸ˜€

    • Welcome to Saddi Delhi, elmediat. I love your response to K. I think I will start implementing this right away! By the by, I think the desire to arrive at a common ground is admirable, especially when the world at large seems hellbent on discord and intolerance. πŸ™‚

      Glad you enjoyed the post. Hope to see you around more often. πŸ™‚

  5. Yes, I hate K too. I work online with a US staffing agency. Most of my interaction with my colleagues is through Skype messaging. So I come across this hateful K a lot. I hate it most when i spend an hour working for a recruiter and K is all the response that I get when I inform that I have sent the complete work to him or her. Another term i come across a lot, when I make myself invisible on Skype: rut. yes, ‘rut’. that means Are you there?

    • Haha “K” is indeed hateful. I totally understand your point of view on this. When you are working on something and all the other person can say is “K”, it is so disrespectful!
      Oh my, “rut”, really? That’s absurd. Reminds me of the time when “asl” would be so cool in Internet chatrooms. Age, sex, location. And why should anyone give that out anyway?

      • yeah, and more such ‘words’ came to my mind after posting that message. Congo, for example, in place of congratulations. And thx, instead of thanks. A person can have time to tag fifty people on a useless pic, but still is too busy to write thanks properly when someone comments on that same pic. absurd, and so irritating. but then, a thx is still better than ‘fanks.’ I have been made a part of a WhatsApp group (without my permission and now I can’t exit it either!) and one of the group’s rule is ‘no thanks and no sorry.’ so people instead say ‘fanks’ and ‘forry.’ makes me cringe every time.

        • I know! Congo is hateful. I know someone who says “Congs”. It makes me feel light in the head.
          You said it perfectly. People have the time to share the most random stuff in the world on Facebook but typing out thanks is more effort than they can possibly take. It’s downright odd.

          My God, “fanks” and “forry”, really? If someone says that to me, I will want to develop fangs! πŸ˜›

      • ASL – more used 27 years ago when very few “avatars” if any, were available and handles were cryptic. So when IMHAAT joins the “channel” in “IRC”, one of the first things asked (generally by the moderator) was ASL Kind of hard to imagine now though, but then seemed perfectly logical. and BTW, we all forgot LMFAO.

        • Welcome here, Satyameva πŸ™‚

          ASL brought back memories of school! πŸ˜› Oh yes, LMFAO is another pretty hateful acronym. Granted you can use all that in chatting (or God knows, on WhatsApp) but people use it in spoken conversations all the time! This makes me cringe too. My tolerance limits seem to be at an all time low. πŸ˜€

          Hope to see you around more. πŸ™‚

  6. πŸ™‚ he he he .. (sorry that made me smile).. I hate “K”, I take an offence when someone writes that to me , because I feel they have for angry at what i have said , hence responded with “K” ..

    i LIKE this article.. it is LIKE very good πŸ™‚ he he he he

    • Exactly. Let me say that in caps. EXACTLY! I feel exactly like that when someone says “K” to me. How many joules of energy do they save in not typing that “O” before this? It is downright weird.
      I, like, think you are a really, like nice guy. πŸ˜€

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