From Don Hewitt:
There are a number of expressions that really annoy me, both in the
media and everyday speech.
“Totally”– To add “totally” to something is redundant
and ignorant. Can something be in worse condition than to be
“destroyed?” Could someone be more than surprised? “Totally”
“Win-Win” situations. What ever happened to “mutually beneficial? “Thinking outside the box”– This has got to be one of the
most ridiculous sayings ever concocted. Do people go sit in
boxes to think? Ah, yes, maybe they sit in Kitty Litter Boxes.
In that case, I would definitely “think outside the box.”
“Celebs” and a host of other moronic abbreviations. This
oh so clever expression makes the user sound like an idiot.
Trendy abbreviations communicate nothing more than that the
one using them is so very up to date and clever. Belch.
“Goes” — an expression meaning movement away from an object
or person. But it doesn’t mean “says”, as in “He goes, Well
I did not know you were in town.” Duh. How about “He SAYS?”