'Going forward' has been named as the most annoying phrase in the English language.
Countdown's Susie Dent polled her 1.1 million Twitter followers on what sayings and expressions they'd like to banish.
'No disrespect, but...' and the phrase 'I’m not gonna lie…' also made it into the top 5.
An unscientific analysis of the (excellent) responses to the words and phrases you’d like to ban:
10. My bad
9. The ‘optics’ of something.
8. ‘So’ at the start of a sentence.
7. Let’s go offline.
5. I’m not gonna lie…
4. I wanted to reach out
3. ‘like’ as a filler…
— Susie Dent (@susie_dent) May 16, 2023
The Countdown presenter, is also a lexicographer, which is someone who puts together dictionaries, said "Happily, English is a democracy so it’s up to us".
She also tweeted that many of the responses to her 'unscientific' poll are 'old beefs', such as the word 'like' which was first used as a filler word in 1778.
Many people raised opposition to the use of the term 'reach out'.
Reach out is awful , I came across this recently but I can’t reference so apologies for that but it is funny !! pic.twitter.com/835mBbRidc
— Paul Hederman (@phederman) May 16, 2023