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Old 04-18-2013, 05:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Most annoying TV cliches

Didn't I already do this? No? Well, bout time I did.

There are a lot of "buzzwords" being used far too often on TV now that really bug the hell out of me. Some examples:

"I have passion/am so passionate about x"

"I want this so badly"

"I gave 110 (or any increment of 100) percent"

"Comfort zone"

"Nailed/killed that"

"Failure is not an option"

This last one really annoys me. It's a complete fallacy. Of course failure is an option, otherwise nobody would attempt anything because everything they did would work. It's the possibility of failure that drives us. Think the Wright Brothers, standing at Kill Devil Hill, thought "Ah this will definitely work. We've no problem here at all!"? Not a bit of it: fear of failure can stop you attempting things but it can also drive you to confront that failure, and to claim it's not an option is probably both the most stupid and arrogant thing anyone can say.

So, who wants to vent?
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Old 04-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't watch much TV these days, so I don't know if these come up very often, but I used to hear a lot of these buzzwords when I worked for a large corporation several years ago and they used to annoy the **** out of me!


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Old 04-18-2013, 07:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't watch much TV these days, so I don't know if these come up very often, but I used to hear a lot of these buzzwords when I worked for a large corporation several years ago and they used to annoy the **** out of me!


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A win-win situation

Paradigm shift

Touch base

Low hanging fruit

It is what it is
God I HATE that phrase! It's absolutely nonsensical! What does it mean, "it is what it is"? It's just a lazy way of answering a question or avoiding making a decision. Grrrr!
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Hate that one too! Bloody thing!
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Well, lose the "a" and the "up" and it could be fun...
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Old 04-18-2013, 07:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Relevant to the purpose of television:

"Homeopathic, traditionally used"
"Studies show"
*guy in a lab coat who is apparently a doctor, selling you things because all you need for credibility is a f*cktard in a white coat*
"Clinically tested"
"The pounds fall right off"
"Easy"
"3 easy steps"
"Without any exercise"
Testimonials recorded in bad quality audio, because you'll think it must be legit.
Food that looks better than it does in reality, while you know this fact.
Sales.
Slow motion.
Sweaty beverages.
Sweaty beverages in slow motion.
Sweaty people drinking sweaty beverages in slow motion.
Latest pop craze as backing music.

And the reason all this crap is around is because it works. Don't blame TV. Blame yourselves.
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One that drives me crazy is the kind of dramatic repetition that absolutely no one uses in real life but which is ubiquitous in the epilogues of TV shows and movies. Some examples:
  • Bob asks Joe if he'll come back one day and Joe responds with, "Maybe I will, Bob. Maybe I will."
  • Or Bob reassures Joe by putting a hand on his shoulder and saying, "I'll be here, Joe. I'll be here."

Jesus fucking Christ, screenwriters. Jesus fucking Christ.
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One that drives me crazy is the kind of dramatic repetition that absolutely no one uses in real life but which is ubiquitous in the epilogues of TV shows and movies. Some examples:
  • Bob asks Joe if he'll come back one day and Joe responds with, "Maybe I will, Bob. Maybe I will."
  • Or Bob reassures Joe by putting a hand on his shoulder and saying, "I'll be here, Joe. I'll be here."

Jesus fucking Christ, screenwriters. Jesus fucking Christ.
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God I HATE that phrase! It's absolutely nonsensical! What does it mean, "it is what it is"? It's just a lazy way of answering a question or avoiding making a decision. Grrrr!
It means what it means!

Also, how are we(the audience) supposed to know that shit is about to go down in a big way before an action scene without "Failure is NOT an option!"?

I forgot to put in the cliche that I dislike. I really hate when shows try to pull on the heartstrings of their viewers by doing what I call "the afterschool special" episode. For example, Glee did it with a bullying episode and even more recently with a school shooting episode.
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Rehashed storylines. Just about any episodic drama/comedy is guilty of this. One example which churned my goddamned stomach (and completely turned me off of NCIS - or at least McGee) was when he was writing a book or some such, and then a killer started killing people based off of the book he'd written. **** THAT AND **** YOU, WRITERS! I mean, it's not just NCIS who's done this, but that one was several years ago, and still makes me irritated to even think about. And McGee was so charming when he was Thackery Binx in "Hocus Pocus."

The dramatic argument scene between a couple, ostensibly breaking up, followed by the drunken bar scene, and the angsty face the main character makes when he/she realizes that he/she has screwed up. I may kill myself if I have to sit through that overdone bull**** again. There are really other ways for someone to realize that they were in the wrong/the fight wasn't worth it.
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