Sick and awesome, innit babe? See graphic showing words people find most annoying

News Shopper: A word cloud showing replies to the question 'what are the most annoying words?' A word cloud showing replies to the question 'what are the most annoying words?'

LAST week we asked people who follow News Shopper on Twitter and like us on Facebook to say what words really annoy them.

Clearly it touched a nerve, as we got dozens of responses from people giving us all sorts of words which make them cringe whenever they are spoken or written.

To get a clearer idea of the words that irritate the most people we threw the replies into a word cloud tool which produced the graphic you see on this page.

The words which appeared most frequently in the responses have been given greater prominence on the cloud.

'Sick', slang for cool or amazing (apparently), was one of the most frequently mentioned annoying words, along with the over-used 'awesome', the overly familiar 'babe' and 'hun' and the all-round irksome 'innit'.

In producing the word cloud we left out the longer but equally annoying phrases which some people replied with, such as touch base, blue sky thinking, going forward, at the end of the day and thinking outside the box.

Want to see a larger version of the word cloud? Click here

Now it’s over to you. Other than swears, what are the everyday words you truly loathe? From business jargon to slang terms, what words make you flinch whenever you see or hear them? Add your comments below.

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8:50am Tue 18 Feb 14

DollyG says...

Robust
Robust DollyG

9:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

I can't stand the white kids that speak with a fake black accent.
I can't stand the white kids that speak with a fake black accent. concerned.erith

9:55am Tue 18 Feb 14

concerned.erith says...

I also hate 'ya get me like'
I also hate 'ya get me like' concerned.erith

10:35am Tue 18 Feb 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Mine would be 'absolutely'.
Mine would be 'absolutely'. Gypo.Joe

11:06am Tue 18 Feb 14

kennycrabshaw says...

mine would be mullered lol
mine would be mullered lol kennycrabshaw

11:32am Tue 18 Feb 14

Donna_T says...

Mine would be that classic internet failure, ' get a life.'
Mine would be that classic internet failure, ' get a life.' Donna_T

1:45pm Tue 18 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Basically...........
.........
Basically........... ......... sarfflondonbird

1:47pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Wiff180 says...

When people say "Can I get".......
When people say "Can I get"....... Wiff180

2:10pm Tue 18 Feb 14

asisaid says...

" excuse me" has been replaced with " safety"!!
" excuse me" has been replaced with " safety"!! asisaid

3:07pm Tue 18 Feb 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Amongst mine own age group the most annoying phrase to my ear is "At the end of the day" ("Back to Square One" seems to have become obsolete).

With the younger age group I find "It was amaaayzing" particulary irritating.
Amongst mine own age group the most annoying phrase to my ear is "At the end of the day" ("Back to Square One" seems to have become obsolete). With the younger age group I find "It was amaaayzing" particulary irritating. goldenbroomboy

4:46pm Tue 18 Feb 14

the wall says...

Sarf
Sarf the wall

6:27pm Tue 18 Feb 14

fatboy2000 says...

hate it when someone says " can you borrow me some money" when it should be "lend"..............
...how did that become ar*e about face.
hate it when someone says " can you borrow me some money" when it should be "lend".............. ...how did that become ar*e about face. fatboy2000

2:54am Wed 19 Feb 14

Stop_Whining says...

'Init'
'Init' Stop_Whining

11:57am Wed 19 Feb 14

dave76 says...

"And still to come", you know that heralds a batch of boring ads.
"And still to come", you know that heralds a batch of boring ads. dave76

3:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

safc4ever says...

"innit"? Surely you don't hear that anywhere in the Newsshopper area.

It should be ini' (the apostrophe representing the missing "t" aka the glottal stop, typical of the very sloppy Estuary English spoken in these parts).
"innit"? Surely you don't hear that anywhere in the Newsshopper area. It should be ini' (the apostrophe representing the missing "t" aka the glottal stop, typical of the very sloppy Estuary English spoken in these parts). safc4ever

3:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Mine would be 'absolutely'.
ABSOLUTELY JOE
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: Mine would be 'absolutely'.[/p][/quote]ABSOLUTELY JOE sarfflondonbird

3:26pm Thu 20 Feb 14

sarfflondonbird says...

I'zzzz frum..............in
nit blud............or..
..............
KEEEEEEEEEEEEESHIAAA
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
I'zzzz frum..............in nit blud............or.. .............. KEEEEEEEEEEEEESHIAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA sarfflondonbird

10:05pm Thu 20 Feb 14

j.j. says...

To be honest, the most annoying phrase is "to be honest", especially when mentioned by a sales person.
To be honest, the most annoying phrase is "to be honest", especially when mentioned by a sales person. j.j.

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