Monday, November 10, 2008

Top Ten Most Irritating Phrases Heard on 5 Live Phone Ins

1. As I said to your researcher, Victoria.
2. I'm not a racist, but...
3. With all due respect, Stephen
4. At the end the day, Alan
5. Know what I mean like (said in fake West Indian accent)
6. Shouldn't of
7. He's got to go (as in Alan Curbishley, he's got to go)
8. It's got to be said, Richard
9. I'm working class, I am
10. You've got to be 'avin a larf

And I am sure you can come up a load more...

45 comments:

Out of ideas said...

Here are my top 94 lists

bj said...

"What people have forgotten, Stephen, is that this is a Christian country"

londonerr said...

I'd like to raise a point not yet covered in the debate...

Old Holborn said...

Wait until tomorrow

Hazel Blears is on Talksport

Anonymous said...

"why do you refuse to answer all my questions?, Iain"

Tim Ireland

AndyR said...

I've never listened to 5 live, but when I was a kid I listened to a "midnight caller" style radio show in Newcastle, and that was famous for the number of people who would ring up and start by saying "eeee Alan, am a forst teyme caalla an am a bit noorvus"...

(apologies to viz!)

Chris Paul said...

Out of ideas - bloody brilliant. Iain Dale - must try harder. Anonymous 12:46 - are you sure you're allowed on here.

Anonymous said...

Chris Paul @ 12.54 -

Why do you refuse to answer all my questions?

It's not like I'm paranoid or anything....

Tim Ireland

bj said...

Andyr -- that's Night Owls on Metro Radio, and it's still going. "Have you ever had sex with a ghost?" that sort of stuff. Compelling listening.

Anonymous said...

"later, we'll be speaking to conservative blogger Iain Dale"

J said...

"shouldn't of" is far worse in writing, of course, along with "could of", "would of", etc.

Anonymous said...

"Hard pressed British families"
"Hard-working British families"
"British jobs for British workers"(remember that one ?)
"The British Economy is best?well-placed ....."
""The credit crunch started in America....."
"No more boom & bust"
"I am just getting on with the job"

In fact every time Brown opens his mouth a load of irritating phrases come out of it

Anonymous said...

Good morning, this is Victoria Derbyshire.

Good afternon, this is Simon Mayo

Joining me now is film crirtic Mark Kermode.

This is 606 with Spoony.

This is 606 with Tim Lovejoy.

Browned off said...

Why listen to a 5-live phone-in when you can go down the pub and listen to any number of ill-informed, opinionated bores in person?

the badger's todger said...

That's inappropriate.

But the narrative...

It's ironic...

Dinner party

But the narrative...

We set the agenda.

All bets are off.

But the narrative...

Toasted sandwich

strapworld said...

Iain, Well, you know, like I was, you know, finkin that, at the end of the day we woz calling, you know like, for the community, you know, to speak up as one, like you know.

Anonymous said...

Iain Dale is joining us ...

dalesman said...

Going forward.

We will do whatever it takes....

But look.....

Kate said...

"I am 92/23...."

Callers over the age of 75 or under 25 seem to think it's necessary to share their age before giving their opinions, as if they are somehow more relevant.

Splashitallover said...

As I wrote on my blog...

Not a sheep said...

and now Victoria Derbyshire with 3 hours of condescending left-wing chat.

Bad Bunny said...

"Credit crunch" - most overused phrase anywhere. The pound shop down the road from me has recently been renamed "The Credit Cruncher." Argh!

Torymory said...

"I hear what you say....but" and
"With all due respect.."

Translation - "You are talking a load of b******S." The speaker then going on to refute all that has been said.

Twig said...

Not a phrase, but the word "absolutely" seems to have replaced the much shorter alternative "yes".

Torymory said...

After 30 years of politics and voluntary public service - mostly unpaid - how tiresome it is to hear on the doorstep...

"Politicians are all the same." i.e. You are all greedy corrupt bastards only in it for the money...

Lots of doctors have been murderers - Dr Crippen, Dr Shipman, Dr Ruxley (1930s doctor who murdered his wife and maid)etc. People don't say "Doctors are all the same - go round murdering their wives and patients..."

Window Licker said...

torymory

Why, just because most people don't think most doctors are murderers, should they also think that most politicians aren't self-serving?

I don't think that most raw apples are poisonous, but I do think that most deadly nightshade is.

Anonymous said...

Am I on?

Anonymous said...

Can I first say how much I enjoy the show ..

Hello, Mr/Ms Broadcaster, how are you today?

Anonymous said...

Well, I was going to say what that last person said, but now she's gone and said it...

can I make another point?

Victor, NW Kent said...

The 3 most irritating things are:
1. Lists of 10
2. Lists of lists of 10
3. Compendia of the best lists of list of 10.

I could easily have expanded this to 10 most irritating lists but I have 7 reasons not to.

trevorsden said...

Shouldn't "Shouldn't of" really be "shouldn't 'av"?

Anyroadup ...

Far and away the most irritation phrases are to be found on BBC1, usually between 7.30 and 8.00PM

wotcher doin' 'ere then?

wossat?

wossis?

oozat?

wotcha mean?

gerraaat

innit?

wiv

nah!

Georg Ohm said...

"Resistance is useless."

Anonymous said...

"At the end of the day"

"I'm not being funny but..."

"I think it's an absolute disgrace"

"When will they listen to what the man on the street thinks..."

"If I could just come in there..."

Matthew Cain said...

Hi presenter, how are you?

As if the listener has forgotten since the previous caller asked.

or perhaps callers ask in order to gauge whether the inanity of their contribution will tip the presenter over the edge?

dearieme said...

List of 10:-
People who can count in binary;
people who can't.

lavrentiy beria said...

Number one on your list, a very irritating little verbal tic many people make.

Anonymous said...

You've left off:

"errr .... errr .... errr ..."

and of-course

"Ya know what I mean ...."

And if they dont irritate you then they drive me mental ...

Anonymous said...

sed the single most irritating:

"Good evening, I'm Stephen Nolan".

I'm from Northern Ireland, and I still loathe the tosser.

yarnesfromhorsham said...

I am passionate about.....
I have made it clear...
I am not complacent.....
Lessons will be learnt
We must focus on.....

Anonymous said...

Torymory (9.45) is on the money. I always knew when I was about to be put back in my box by my father-in-law (a formidable lawyer) if he started his reply with either

"With (the greatest) respect...."

or

"Forgive me. but....."

in other words, "You're completely wrong, and I'm about to tell you why..."

bernardo o'higgins said...

schools-and-hospitals


(neither of which I use)

londonerr said...

"It is right for the government to do (...insert latest policy reflex action here)."

Anonymous said...

"Thank you for having me on!!"

blemster said...

should be listening to john gaunt "talksport 1053am"
NO LOVE LOST BETWEEN ME AND HIM!! BUT AT LEAST HE WILL TACKLE DIFFICULT ISSUES. he calls five live "five dead" lol them bloated BBC Folks lol

Richard
Northants British National Party

Grammar fascist said...

Argh!

My top ten list of annoying grammatical points would be people writing down "should of" instead of the "should've" that is surely a more accurate representation of the dialect.

It's also surely as valid a contraction as "I've" is in everyday speech.