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The soup is never as hot as it’s boiled.
A watched pot never boils.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
I am human; nothing human is alien to me.
You’ll feel better before you’re a little boy.
My father’s clichés were comforting to me — especially the last two.
But maybe that was because he was my father. My former mother-in-law spoke in clichés all the time, and it drove me crazy. That was because she drove me crazy.
Anyway. Here are the 10 overused expressions that people find most annoying, according to researchers at Oxford University.
1 – At the end of the day
2 – Fairly unique
3 – I personally
4 – At this moment in time
5 – With all due respect
6 – Absolutely
7 – It’s a nightmare
8 – Shouldn’t of
9 – 24/7
10 – It’s not rocket science
Which ones get your goat?