If you dislike cheesy quotes or are irritated by everyday sayings, you may want to look away. One online forum user asked people what quotes and sayings have them putting their fingers in their ears. We examine this cringe-inducing list and have gathered 15 of the best.
The Customer Is Always Right
As one user pointed out, this phrase is “Almost never used in the correct context.” Another commented that “My old boss had the phrase “the customer frequently needs firm guidance.” We think that the latter phrase is much more accurate.
If You Can’t Handle Me At My Worst, You Don’t Deserve Me At My Best.
In response to one person saying that this phrase makes the team cringe, another person replied saying, “I feel like that saying was made by terrible partners.” People who say this are often preempting that there will be a lot of bad days in their relationship, which can be worrying to hear in the early days of dating.
Live, Laugh, Love
Why this wasn’t the number one phrase on the thread is everyone’s guess. The phrase is adored on Facebook walls, kitchen walls, bathroom walls at bars, all the walls, in fact! To this quote, one person offers an alternative, “How about “Live, laugh, leave?”
Why Fix Something If Not Broken?
The chances are that someone saying this is actually not recognizing the fact that something is broken. One online user said, “Why stop at just usable when it can be better tho.”
Nobody Owes You Anything
While one user says that this is sound advice for life as it gives a sense of resilience for the future, another person said, “We do owe each other basic human decency”.
We’re A Family
This phrase is fine when people are actually family, but when it relates to the workplace, and you start to hear words like “my work family” or my “work wife,” it gets a bit worrying. One person lamented, “Or when management says ‘we’re all in this together’ when some ridiculous policy is enacted that affects only those who aren’t management.”
You Can Get Anything You Want if You Really Believe It
If only this were true! Sometimes believing in things is not enough, especially if you lack money or looks. Nevertheless, there will always be someone who says, “You’re not believing hard enough. Trust me. I’ve tried.”
You Can Sleep When You’re Dead
Or, I can die because I have had no sleep. We all need a rest and people who push the all work and no rest can be dangerous. One person cheekily replied with a “Fun fact: you can sleep before you’re dead too!”
It’s All God’s Plan
This phrase got a lot of upvotes as it makes no sense and, for one online user, it is in the same ballpark as “I’d like to add to this one: ‘Everything happens for a reason.'”
Literature, in reference to business leaflets, is one word that gets on on person’s nerves. They said, “Most of the time, this so-called ‘literature’ is just a jumble of words and phrases thrown together that barely contain anything approaching information.”
Let’s Circle Back
Business speak, in general, can be very triggering for some people, whether it be “moving forward,” “let’s touch base,” or “Let’s circle back.” One exasperated user said, “Alright people, stay open kimono, and let’s circle back so we can tackle the low-hanging fruit with some blue sky thinking.”
Keep Calm and ______ On
One person commented that “The only version of this that I like is: keep ca-… Why is the rum gone.” When this phrase first came along (long after the original war years), it was fun but now you cannot walk into Hallmark without seeing a million phrases hitting you.
Perception is Reality
We think people got a little confused when they thought up this one. As one user says, “So many people don’t understand the true meaning of that. YOUR perception is YOUR reality … it doesn’t mean that how you perceive things is 100% the objective reality of a given situation.”
No Offense, But…
This phrase is usually followed by someone causing a great deal of offense. One person replied to this thread, saying, “It’s the passive aggression that makes it intolerable. Just disgusting.” It is usually the worst type of people saying this, so it is best to steer clear.
We question why anybody really needs to use this phrase, as surely they just need to do the action. We clearly aren’t the only ones who dislike this as there were comments of “Ugh, hate this one” and “I’m okay with the action, but always hated when people had to label it then like we don’t know what that means.”
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