Return of the silly little things that annoy you thread

Being given a simple tip today after 42 years of lessons that meant I was finally able to ski moguls properly! Why someone couldn’t have told me this 40 years ago I‘ve no idea.
 
Perhaps you could share the tip? I have shared your frustration.
Aim the pole plant on the downward side of the mogul. I’d always been taught to aim the pole plant for the top of the mogul. Don’t ask me why but it totally transformed my positioning relative to the bump and my ability to ski them cleanly/under control.
 
Aim the pole plant on the downward side of the mogul. I’d always been taught to aim the pole plant for the top of the mogul. Don’t ask me why but it totally transformed my positioning relative to the bump and my ability to ski them cleanly/under control.
Thank you. Like you I have been taught to pole plant at the top. I can see how planting on the downward side would help and very much hope that I can put this into action this winter!
 
My wife encouraged me not to leave when it came on. She then kicked me out after I started making puking noises when the judges were congratulating someone for "inspiring the whole country... and the entire world" or some such.
I am pleased to report that, after years of complaints from yours truly, it has been agreed that I am not required to join in the watching of Strictly with the in-laws. The eldest an I are likely to sneak down to the shed and watch Doctor Who when that drivel is on.
 
My wife encouraged me not to leave when it came on. She then kicked me out after I started making puking noises when the judges were congratulating someone for "inspiring the whole country... and the entire world" or some such.
Just seen this - hilarious.

The overuse of the word "inspire" is bad enough alone. People need a thesaurus. What happened to encourage, enthuse, motivate, set an example, etc? Leaving inspire for being filled with the spirit to create great works of art.
 
Just seen this - hilarious.

The overuse of the word "inspire" is bad enough alone. People need a thesaurus. What happened to encourage, enthuse, motivate, set an example, etc? Leaving inspire for being filled with the spirit to create great works of art.
On that theme, Steve, have you noticed how the yoof and the hoi polloi will describe things as being "amazing", "incredible", "awesome" etc whereas the nobs invariably say "astonishing", "remarkable" or "extraordinary" (not that it annoys me).
 
Two of the most over used words these days are ‘unique’ perhaps in practice often synonymous with ubiquitous, and ‘unprecedented‘ a word sometimes used as an excuse for getting something wrong.
 
Starting an answer by rating the question:

"What silly things annoy you?"
"That's a (/good/very good/excellent) question."
No, no, no!

As a former boss of mine at a large Consultancy business taught me in my youth (and you'll watch for this next time you hear it...)

A good question is a difficult question the person responding does not know the answer to...

A very good question is a difficult question the person responding _does_ know the answer to...

An excellent question is a difficult question the person responding does know the answer to and has a PowerPoint slide to demonstrate said answer...
 
Also now creeping in are the confusion of “rightly” with “rightfully” and of “bought” with “brought”. Some might say that it’s just the evolution of the language but to me these just seem wrong.
 
An excellent question is a difficult question the person responding does know the answer to and has a PowerPoint slide to demonstrate said answer...
The question may be excellent - but just spare me the PowerPoint demonstration.

Likewise, Word documents and Excel spreadsheets to communicate simple text and tables that could easily be put in the body of an email.

(Forgive me if I have already mentioned this earlier in this thread)
 
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