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Hi,

I read an interesting post about the expression(s) "give/have/take a listen" [+] the other day...

The author used the words "abnoxious", "annoying", "irritating" etc. describing his feelings towards this (definitely not universally loved) English...

I guess every time radio announcers, journalists, etc. are using [+] it is like waving a red flag in front of their audience?..

Could you please tell me, just offhand, what other expressions do you think can make a native speaker cringe? ( not sure if "cringe" is the right word here... ). If the list turns out very long, please give me a couple of those "most impressive" :-)

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The other day I was listening to a news reporter interviewing someone. It was as if they were scraping their nails on a chalkboard; nearly every other word was "like" and they often interjected an utterly nonsensical and useless "you know". I felt like screaming at them!

Like how did you feel about like, you know, running for office.  Was it like exciting?

And the other thing that sets me off is when someone raises the tone at the end of every statement they make, as if it were a question. It sounds like a series of questions, rather than informative declarations. If makes me wonder if they are cowering in uncertainty, begging for positive acknowledgement.

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AlpheccaStarsLike how did you feel about like, you know, running for office. Was it like exciting?

Super!