Don’t Be The Most Annoying Kid In Class

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We’ve all dealt with that kid in class (or adult at work) who always has something [annoying] to say. You know the type who backfires with “it is what it is” when something doesn’t go right, or the person who constantly yells out “YOLO,” even when it’s not appropriate.

Want to make sure you’re not that person? Here’s how.

“My bad”

Oh no, did you just make an uh-oh? Well, if you use the phrase, my bad, after a mistake it sure sounds like it. You know what it also sounds like? You not taking full responsibility of your major blunder. Instead of being sincere in your apology, you prefer to make it a joke—you know, to soften the blow. But, it’s not working, it’s just aggravating your classmates/coworkers even more than your blunder originally did.

If you made a mistake and need to apologize for your actions, it’s best not to beat around the bush. Leave the silliness at the door.

What about the an opposite of bad ... like nice?

WATCH: What’s So Wrong With “Nice”?

"I, personally, think"

Yes, we know, it’s your own thought, and therefore personal. Which means you don’t have to add in the word personally to make this expression work. It doesn’t make what you’re about to say any stronger, it only makes you sound like you’re trying too hard.

If you have something on your mind, just say it. Your confidence in what you are saying will give your words merit. Don’t worry.

“In a minute”

Doesn’t it drive you mad when you ask someone to do something, and they put it off by responding, “in a minute”? The worst is when they aren’t even doing anything at the time you ask them for help—except maybe reading memes or texting.

If you catch yourself saying “in a minute,” rethink your words wisely. Instead, say something with a little more compassion and respect: “Sure, I can do that. Let me finish up what I’m doing here, and I’ll help.” Even if you are just reading memes, at least you're now acknowledging the person asking the question.

“What?”

No matter what age group, this question is irritating to hear. Especially, when it's repeated 5, 10, 15 times in a row (picture every sibling conversation you’ve had on a drive home from school). The other person is obviously not paying attention to what you are saying because if they were, they wouldn’t be asking you what you just said. Or, they’re trying to push your buttons.  

Don’t immediately respond with this to your friends or coworkers. If you didn’t hear what they originally said, be polite about it: “I’m sorry, can you repeat that?” We already feel less annoyed. 

“I can’t do it”

Many kids (let’s face it, adults too) are caught saying this phrase when they think they can’t do something because it sounds too difficult or they just don’t want to do it. The next time that happens to you, simply take the word can’t out of the sentence and replace it with can. Channeling Rosie the Riveter.

“High-five”

Look, we know you’re super energetic and upbeat if you use the expression high-five with the accompanying hand-slamming action. But, all that enthusiasm is downright exhausting.

Take it down a level by saying “nice job” if your co-worker aced a recent project and “enjoy your date” if your best friend is going out with the new cheerleader. Your kind words are much appreciated . . . no hand-slapping necessary.

“No I in Team”

When you’re stuck working with someone who uses this phrase, you may wish there was an I in team so you could do the project solo. This is the person who needs everyone to come together to think and act alike. But really, they need everyone to think and act like them.

Instead of spouting this phrase during your next group project, try embracing new ideas (there is a in ideas). They oftentimes make something better than one stagnant thought alone.

“What the . . . ?”

Kids use this phrase all the time. They think it’s funny because they are on the brink of saying a curse word without actually saying it. Adults use this expression too and probably with the same intention as a kid: to get noticed or be playful.

However, it’s not that cute. If you’re questioning something serious that happened in the office or in a relationship, just ask for more information: “Can you tell me what happened exactly?” Leave the "What the's?" for the playground (or maybe bury them in the graveyard). 

“Ping me”

While kids might not be using the phrase, ping me, just yet, adults use this expression all the time at work when they want someone to send them a quick message online (text, email, chat, etc.). This phrase is like nails on a chalkboard, it will make you cringe for much longer than it took to read the actual ping.

“Awesomesauce!”

We totally get having excitement about something (right now, we’re pumped about learning new offbeat literary genres!). And, we understand that sometimes saying, “I’m excited” is not enough. But, the next time you want to meld the words awesome and sauce together for a winning result, refrain. This silly phrase doesn’t show your excitement, it only emphasizes your lack of vocabulary.

Win everyone over with words they don’t always hear, such as "that's illustrious" or wondrous. Both are similar to awesome, but add a little pizazz (and refinement) to the sentence. 

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